We assume happiness is stable, an endpoint to achieve our goal to chase. It's not. Recent behavioral research suggests that the meaning of happiness changes every 5-10 years, raising the question: how might we build organizations and lives that cultivate happiness? Research suggests it is better to aim for meaning. In Rethinking Purpose, we explore how to rethink purpose in work and life. Students will hear from guests and take a field trip to see how Google has reconsidered purpose. Building on the principles for Solve for X (, a platform encouraging moonshot thinking to solve huge problems in the world, we'll harness design thinking principles to create personal moonshots and a path to continue to find those moonshots over the life course. Lastly, we'll map out how to use time in ways that would help build innovative teams, products, and ultimately lives that have positive, meaningful, lasting impact in the world. 

  • Gain insight on the behavioral research on happiness, meaning and impact.
  • Share frameworks that allow students to (a) rethink happiness to aim for purpose, (b) gain insight on how to identify personal moonshots, and (c) adopt a design thinking process to refresh those goals over time and across contexts.
  • Learn how to operationalize these goals by how to use your time.
  • Dates of Class: MWF, February 27 + March 1, 3, 6, 8, 10
  • Time: 3:00 - 5:50 pm
  • Location: CoLab (GSB)
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