I came across Meik and his work as he was presenting The Happy City – A Danish Case Study at the Change Makers Symposium – From Evidence to Action: Inspiring Ideas for Happier Communities. As soon as I read in his profile how he is measuring progress in society in a completely different way, approached him as a potential maverick. He loved the project and was interested in being part of it. Meik is funny, happy, brave, driven and is totally supportive of Maverick Wisdom.
HOW ARE CREATIVITY & INNOVATION RELATED TO BEING A MAVERICK?
“They have a lot to do with each other as a lot of mavericks get their energy from being apart from the crowd; doing something differently, doing something new. And of course, innovation and creativity is the foundation of that.”
IS THERE ANYONE WHO’S A MAVERICK THAT INSPIRES YOU?
“The economist John Halliwell who specializes in well-being, especially in its social context, and Jan Gehl the Danish architect who specializes in improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.”
ADVICE FOR OTHER MAVERICKS
“Ask yourself the question, what’s the worst thing that can happen?”