Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Will a Super-Connected World Make us Happier?

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Michael Rennie is the Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company, Australia & New Zealand. In his presentation at Ci2011, he talks about “Will a Super-Connected World Make us Happier?”

He takes us on a very special journey of how he has endeavoured to not only “do things right”, but also to “do the right things”. He envisions the effects that technology can have on human connection and interaction, and how it can ultimately influence our basic happiness.

He shares his own life experiences and his study on positive psychology. He confers the effect of money, relationships, social media networks, and super-connectivity on happiness. Everything we do is primarily for happiness. But what makes us happy? The reason why social media networks are so successful is because they help to restore the idea of community in a world where we are geographically distant and awfully busy in our fast-paced lives. The sense of belonging to a community essentially increases your level of happiness and well-being. Happy people tend to have good family, friends and relationships. But it is not enough to be happy if you are surrounded by shallow acquaintances. We don’t just need relationships; we need close ones that involve understanding and care. Sometimes we don’t pay attention to the world around us. We just have to pause and look around us, smell a rose or watch children play and smile. It sounds simple but it works. According to Michael Rennie, “A world of super-connectivity without authentic intimacy is actually a world of isolation.”

Spare a moment to try his moving Heart Meditation.

Click here to watch his remarkably inspirational video:


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"Creative Innovation is a transformational platform built by changemakers for changemakers. It is an educational adventure showcasing the forefront of ideas internationally." Melissa Warner, Ci2019 Scholarship Winner & Education Officer, Mind Medicine Australia

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