Special Events

Adventure Media Review, Madison, Special Events / 19.04.2012

The evening got off to a rocky start. But typical of down home Wisconsin no one was so unkind as to mention it. I was nervous and it showed. The Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery was packed to capacity. Sadly we had to turn a few people away. The audience was eager for me for me to get on with it and introduce the show they came to see, a screening of Roko Belic’s wonderful film “Happy”. The tunnel vision that strikes whenever I speak in front...

Film preview, Interview, Special Events / 16.04.2012

Happiness is one of those aspects of the human experience that's hard to define. But scientist Richard Davidson has made it his life's work to study exactly what it means to be happy. Founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Davidson uses the scientific method to explore the human brain in order to discover how people experience and cultivate their sense of well being.             Before speaking at the 6th annal Earth Day Conference hosted by the UW Nelson Institute...

Adventure Media Review, Film preview, Green Economics, Mountain Film, Special Events, Sustainable Living / 11.04.2012

  There is no greater joy than the gift of happiness. And in celebration of Earth Day “Happy” is coming to Madison. To be more specific the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin is hosting a presentation of Roko Belic’s award-winning feature film “Happy”. The movie will be followed by a lively panel discussion on the topic of happiness hosted by yours truly. After seeing the premiere of this amazing motion picture last year at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride I knew it just had...

Business, Madison, Special Events / 29.03.2012

The ice is only just off the lakes in Madison Wisconsin. But paddlers of canoes and kayaks are eager to get out on the water. Every year usually on the first warm weekend in March thousands from throughout the Midwest gather to celebrate the bounty of the spring paddling season. The local gear shop called Rutabaga hosts the largest paddle sports expo in North America, an event so big it can only be called Canoecopia. Owner Darren Bush welcomes outdoor enthusiasts to Madison’s Alliant Energy Center for a full...

#ORShow, #ORWinter, Outdoor Recreation, Special Events, Winter / 23.01.2012

All I can say is wow! After 5 solid days of complete immersion into the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market I can finally come up for air and decompress my mind and body from the biggest most successful adventure snow sports tradeshow ever! With the alarm going off and 5:30 AM each morning and daily events keeping me up until after midnight I pretty much burned the candle at both ends. Unfortunately I’d neglected the Joy Trip Project blog in favor of Facebook and Twitter posts for the sake...