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Talk Up^ Tucson Happiness Community Conversations Report

Released: 04-04-14

Talk Up^ Tucson Happiness Community Conversations invited community members to attend a series called the UA Lecture Series on Happiness. The aim of the series was to engage our community in some conversation about the nature of happiness, and offer insights on how to achieve it.

Participants were surveyed and the report Summary for Talk UP^ Tucson Four Pillars of Gross National Happiness and Happiness Community Conversations was written by Community Renaissance. You can read it below.


Summary for Talk UP^ Tucson Four Pillars of Gross National Happiness and Happiness Community Conversations Surveys

Summary of June-December 2013, Talk UP^ Tucson Community Conversations 4 Pillars of Gross National Happiness Snap Survey, convened and implemented by Community Renaissance

  • Six groups met with a total of fifty-eight participants
  • The 4 Pillars of Gross National Happiness are available in greater details at What is GNH. For the purpose of the community conversations, the pillars were available on a large notepad as follows:
    1. The Promotion of Equitable and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development
    2. The Preservation and Promotion of Cultural Values
    3. The Conservation of the Natural Environment
    4. The Establishment of Good Governance

Participants were given a blank index card and told to number 1-4. Then the Community Renaissance facilitator read each Pillar separately with the instructions to "rate this Pillar on a scale of the number 1 as 'low' or 'weak' and the number 5 as 'high' or 'strong' for the Tucson Region. Do not put your name on the card."

When participants indicated they had completed rating each pillar, the cards were collected, read by a Community Renaissance associate and visibly tallied by the facilitator. Conversation about the ratings emerged among the participants which raised issues of a) what can I do to improve my community where it is weak; b) what can I encourage others to do to improve my community? We also discussed how they felt about the ratings; most were not surprised by the results they saw in their group.

Summary of the ratings are:

  • Of the six groups, four rated Pillar 1/Equitable and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development as the lowest or weakest pillar for the Tucson Region.
  • Of the six groups, four rated Pillar 2/Preservation and Promotion of Cultural Values as the highest or strongest pillar for the Tucson Region.
  • All six groups rated either Pillar 1 or Pillar 4/Establishment of Good Governance as the lowest or weakest pillar for the Tucson Region.
  • All six groups, rated either Pillar 2 or Pillar 3/Conservation of the Natural Environment as the highest or strongest pillar for the Tucson Region.
  • All participants were adults. Groups convened included two small business groups, a University of Arizona graduate student group, a neighborhood group and two groups who met as part of Community Renaissance's Community Happiness project, convened in collaboration with the Pima County Public Library.
Photo of Happiness Conversations setup

Overview of Community Renaissance Data Summary from October-November 2013 Tucson Community Conversations on Happiness, in collaboration with Pima County Library

Total number of fifty-nine surveys were collected from the same number of participants as they attended their first Happiness Community Conversations. 119 signatures were collected from the multiple sessions at four public library sites.

  • By 4:1 ratio, survey respondents had experienced some form of well-being/happiness in the past 24 hours.
  • By 3:1 ratio, they had experienced anger in the past 24 hours.
  • By 3:2 ratio, they had experienced worry in the past 24 hours.
  • By 2:3 ratio, they had experienced sadness in the past 24 hours.

 

The following responses were on a scale from 0-10:

  • In general, within a range of 7-9, 47/59 felt "overall, life is worthwhile."
  • In general, within a range of 7-9, 37/59 felt "thinks you do in life are worthwhile."
  • In general, within a range of 7-9, 37/59 felt "happy."

 

More complexity of responses to two questions are noted below:

  • Regarding the question related to feeling "worried yesterday," responses ranged from 1-10, there was no generalizable range.
  • Regarding the question related to depression, 16/59 were "not at all depressed yesterday" while some rated "0" with other responses ranged from 1-10 with many scattered between the range of 1-5.

Community Renaissance welcomes feedback about this summary and encourages other organizations to contact us if you have an interest in promoting positive community action generated by this information.—Anita C. Fonte, PhD., Community Renaissance, www.community-renaissance.com.

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