May 5 - 8, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN, USA

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PaperCon 2019 Keynote

May 6, 2019 • 8:45 - 9:45 am
Indiana Convention Center
500 Ballroom

Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson

Co-Founder and Author
GoodThink, Inc.
Keynote Presentation:
"Conscious Innovation: Leveraging Potential through Creativity and Collaboration"

In the information economy, collaboration is the ultimate currency. Digital communities now enable us to “upsource” projects to collective wisdom, thereby tapping into vast reserves of knowledge and creativity. Yet at the heart of this movement are individuals, many of whom have ceased to believe that they can overcome systemic barriers to making a difference in their organization. The Ancient Greeks defined optimism as “the belief that our behavior matters,” which is a critical concept for helping individuals to remove limiting beliefs and to shift towards solutions-based thinking. In this talk, Amy will share inspiring stories of individuals who have mobilized their communities for positive change and will reveal core strategies for how to leverage the potential of teams. Using a combination of design thinking and experiential activities, Amy will show audience members how we can all be innovators if we act together with intention.


    • Learn how upsourcing knowledge has fundamentally shifted the nature of collaboration in the Digital Era.
    • Discover how leaders are leveraging collective wisdom to innovate faster and more effectively.
    • Understand why positive individuals are 3X more creative than negative individuals.
    • Identify and fact-check limiting beliefs that hinder creativity.
    • Empower individuals to use a growth mindset to fuel innovation and create positive change.

The goal of GoodThink is to make you happier. We do that by bridging the gap between academic research and the real world, so that our message is not only instructive and inspirational, but evidence-based. Now you can learn the science of happiness with practical strategies for positive leadership and improved engagement.

Combining the research of positive psychology with stories of real-world application, Amy will help you and your organization gain fresh perspective on how to raise your level of well-being and performance.  You will be challenged, inspired, and entertained as Amy guides you through a series of fun experiments and empowers you with actionable strategies for positive sustainable change.

These research-based strategies are designed with the ultimate goal of helping you and your organization raise every outcome you seek to improve, including higher levels of productivity, creativity, engagement, happiness and success.

About Amy

Amy Blankson is a co-founder of GoodThink, bringing the science of happiness to life for organizations and individuals, and an award-winning author of Ripple’s Effect and The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies to Balance Productivity and Well-being in the Digital Era. She is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton). Amy received a Presidential appointment to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service, and was one of the youngest delegates to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. She is currently doing research in partnership with Google to determine how to make positive psychology strategies stick and create sustainable positive change.

Amy received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management. She serves as a Visioneer for the Xprize Foundation for Personal Health, and was a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.


Amy Blankson's appearance arranged through Gotham Artists