John Havens

John C. Havens is Founder of the H(app)athon Project, a contributing writer for Mashable, and author of, Hacking Happiness - Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World. (Tarcher/Penguin, 2014). The H(app)athon Project (, is a twelve-month initiative comprised of awareness-building events, surveys and hackathons with the goal of “Crowdsourcing a Vision for the Happiness Economy." Guided by a Committee of more than thirty experts from organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum,, Microsoft, PEW Internet, and MIT, the Project wants to “hack happiness” by shifting how the world primarily looks at value or wealth via the lens of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). By utilizing emerging technology and the growing body of happiness indicators around the world, the Project seeks to empower individuals, businesses, and governmental organizations to imagine, define and build a more holistic view of well-being that’s not based just on money. Havens was EVP of Social Media at Porter Novelli, VP of Business Development for, the first Guide to Podcasting, and has advised dozens of clients on social/emerging media like Gillette, Merck, HP, Monster, and P&G in these roles and as a consultant. He is a also a former professional actor and current blues musician. John is also a regular keynote speaker on the intersection of technology and culture at places like SXSW, Web 2.0, Wall Street Journal Digital Events, and for private company functions. Video/testimonials about John's speaking can be seen at, and he can be contacted for bookings at

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