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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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Change Makers Happier Communities 4: John Helliwell

by CIFAR
Nov 13 / 15
Creating positive human connections and shared identities.

John Helliwell, CIFAR Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

There are many tools at our finger tips that can make life better on the ground, in our communities, today. Helliwell discusses how community design, neighbourhood and workplace initiatives, as well as new approaches to policy frameworks can bring about the best in human cooperation and create positive human connections and shared identities.