New Spin On UN Index Measures Happiness In Cupcakes
Annelie Berner's final project for NYU's ITP program used the sweetness of baked goods to help people express their level of contentment versus the world's.
PSFK had the chance to check out NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) end-of-year show last month and came away with 10 innovative ideas that remap the communications landscape. Check out one of our picks below:
Overall, how happy are you these days? The subjective answer to this question is how researchers at Columbia University’s Earth Institute measured happiness across countries in an attempt to spark interest in using the emotion as a metric for public policy. The World Happiness Report for the United Nations Conference on Happiness provided the first, scientific Happy Index. Inspired by this report and the difficulty in gathering a significant data set on an overall feeling—struggling against the ephemeral, momentary spikes of happiness or sadness in daily life—NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program graduate student Annelie Berner set about baking the Happy Index into cupcakes. The resulting “Cupcakes Index” is a reinterpretation of the Happy Index of countries, using the subjective measure of taste to encourage people to engage with these conflicting ideas of happiness.