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