We provide solutions that help you to: live a sustainable and happy life; enable entrepreneurs to work sustainably; help existing organisations to put people and the planet first; make cities flourish and change in a sustainable way.
Our goal is clear: to boost your quality of life and that of your future generations.
We live in a world of increasing insecurity and inequality, where technology often rushes past us. We struggle to colour within the bearing capacity of our planet and we search increasingly more intensively for meaning. As a matter of fact, our current economic model is working ever more against our quality of life.
The good news is that, through an increased awareness of what we find valuable and the accompanying sustainable economic solutions, we can build a world together in which the quality of life is central.
That is why our mission is built on six foundations that contribute to sustainable change in both the short and long term.
Our community is composed of individuals who each have their own way of contributing to a more sustainable world, and who also want to live a quality life.
Happonomy are a group of young or experienced, entrepreneurs, value-driven experts, managers within large companies, creative people or scientists and we all share the belief that sustainable change is both necessary and possible, and that our economy can help.
We have our roots in Belgium, work from Leuven, and branch out to every continent on earth, from Switzerland to Bolivia.
We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them"
Our organisation is a house with a lot of rooms. Therefore, the best way to understand where our energy is currently going is to highlight a project on which we are working at the moment.
The fire for Happonomy goes back to 2013, when Bruno first talked about Happonomy and a world where quality of life could go hand in hand, on a TEDx stage in Leuven. After the event, Birte walked up to Bruno and asked: “you’re right, how can I help?” What followed were articles, lectures, small events, a lot of thinking and an economic cookbook, Roadmap to Utopia, in 2016.
When Stef Kuypers crossed Bruno’s path on a summer’s evening in 2017, Happonomy took a first gear. Stef had been brooding for years on the question about why we couldn’t solve our climate problem. It brought him to the answer of ‘money’ and his solution, the circular money system, which we later renamed the Sustainable Money System. Together with the Happonomy Value Canvas, which Bruno was working on, the first two models were ready for the contours of an upgrade in our quality of life. In that period, the first experiments started with TribeForce, which is a technology to build value-driven organisations.
Even more than knowledge and technology, Happonomy is about people. That’s why we built our network of speakers with vulnerable and inspiring stories along with our informal meetings, first in Leuven, then in several other Flemish cities. Meeting people who share tips, experiences and their different perspectives remains one of the most powerful ways for sustainable change.
Because we all want to both think and speak and also sometimes just do, the pilots were initiated in 2019 for the personal transformation, organisational development and a first case with the Sustainable Money System.
2020 was an exceptional year, to say the least. Corona torpedoed our plans to awaken more people, although, in hindsight, this was a blessing in disguise. The pandemic gave us time to sharpen our mission, expand our online activities and develop two new fundamental building blocks, namely our Leap model for sustainable entrepreneurship, and Slingshot, a new business model with sustainability at its core.
We continued to work on several pilots and activated our Federation, a group of value-driven partners who want to work with us on the sustainable transformation.
In 2021, we continued to build on existing projects and explore how we could give existing organisations the tools to translate sustainability into their activities. We also worked with the city of Leuven around their circular hub to better understand city transformation.
We went to Mallorca for our first Spark Retreat, a resting point for people who work hard every day to make the world a more sustainable place. 2021 was also the year in which all the pieces were put together, concluding the long exploration for ‘the solution’ after 9 years, and an end of the beginning.
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The Happonomy team consists of around forty thinkers, speakers and doers. Some team members work on the structure of our organisation, while others contribute to specific projects. If you’re curious about the people behind the smiley, then check out our team page.
For a long time, Bruno Delepierre was one of the faces of young Belgian hi-tech entrepreneurship when Silicon Valley was still not considered to be sexy.
With three Master’s degrees in his backpack, and after a ramble through the United Nations and the American business world, he seemed predestined for a successful path with his own company when he was 26 years old. A few months later both of his parents died and that became the starting point of a long journey full of “good, bad and ugly” of entrepreneurship that eventually brought him to Happonomy via TEDx & MIT.
Today, Bruno combines his unique mix of economic expertise with his backpack of life’s lessons to build a world with a better quality of life.