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Birth of a Vision

By Dr. Ken Larsen (Originally published on September 25, 2014)

I received an email one morning not too long ago.  It was from an excited Kim Olver.  Kim was excited over a vision, a dream, an idea that seemed to have been born fully formed in her fertile mind.

A summit.  A gathering of like minds with gifts to share.  Gifts that have benefited many through books, articles, and interviews.


These gifts that Kim wanted to bring together to share with the world were gifts that contributed to the mental health and happiness of others.  She wanted to find a way to make those gifts more available to more people.  What seemed like the perfect way to do this would be to bring these people together over a 24 hour period and broadcast interviews with these gifted people.  Broadcast in the most ambitious sense of the word.  Broadcast to the whole world!

Kim did what Kim does very well.  She shared her vision with others she knew.  She enlisted the help and support of people she needed to bring the dream into a waking reality.

She believed it could be done, even if she didn’t know exactly how it could be done.

The team she pulled together investigated possibilities and resources.  The team examined many possible ways to make this Summit a reality.  Kim and Dr. Nancy Buck went to work to recruit guest speakers who would contribute the essential component of the summit: people with recognized gifts in helping others achieve mental health and happiness in their lives.

The pressure was on to bring the dream together to coincide with World Mental Health day on October 10th.

After some trial and error, the technology available through Google’s “Hangouts on Air” emerged as the medium of choice to carry the Summit around the world.

The work of recruiting speakers and others, the challenge of organizing and planning, and the tireless work of team members are awakening Kim’s dream into reality.  The Summit on Mental Health and Happiness will be presented during the entire 24 period of World Mental Health day.  The Summit will be free, online and emanating from several points around our world, making it a truly global, cross cultural event.

Be a participant and a witness to this pioneering effort.  Register so you can tell  your children and grandchildren you were part of the birth of this wonderful vision to connect us around the world through insights into achieving mental health and happiness.

For more information and to register about this FREE summit go to http://www.mentalhealthandhappiness.com/MHHsummit2016.html


First Global Summit on Mental Health and Happiness October 10.

October 10th has been designated World Mental Health Day.  To support worldwide mental health, the William Glasser Institute – US is sponsoring a 24-hour Global Summit on Mental Health and Happiness.

Taking advantage of the wonders of the internet and worldwide video distribution, we will be featuring notable guests with expertise in many areas of mental health.  Interviews with our guests will be broadcast worldwide via Google’s “Hangouts on Air.”


This will be a groundbreaking pioneering effort to demonstrate our connections across borders and ideologies.   All of us among the human family hunger for many of the same things that support mental health and happiness.  We will be broadcasting presentations with cross-cultural value from several points on our globe.  We will have speakers from the northern hemisphere in the United States, we will have speakers from the southern hemisphere, from New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia.

Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian philosopher of communication theory, once cryptically commented “The medium is the message.”

This summit is one way that demonstrates the application of McLuhan’s message.  We have the technology to link humanity around the world.  In this way, the medium is the message that we are all connected.  This connection needs to be nurtured and supported in every way we can.

Be a witness and participant in this historic event.  Register for the Summit today and become part of this effort to strengthen the bonds that unite us in the human family.  We want to focus on what contributes to the mental health and happiness for all of us as individuals and for us collectively as citizens of this complicated planet.

To register and to look at our guest speakers go to www.mentalhealthandhappiness.com /MHHsummit.html.