Founder, Executive Chairman

Jayme Illien is the founder of happytalism, a new economic, political, and social system and philosophy which places the primacy of happiness, well-being, and freedom at the center of economic and human development and all life. The ultimate goal of happytalism is to replace obsolete, and archaic systems and philosophies such as capitalism, socialism, communism, feudalism, mercantilism, among others, and to achieve the happiness, well-being, and freedom, of all life on earth.

Illien is a global activist, economist, policy advisor, statesman, humanitarian who is also founder of the United Nations-sanctioned International Day of Happiness celebrated worldwide every March 20. Illien is also Chairman, President, and CEO at Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation, a global humanitarian and international development organization, which takes an interdisciplinary, multi-sector approach, working with governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and all related stakeholders, to advance the human condition and world happiness.

In 2009, Illien launched the United Nations New Economic Paradigm project to advance a new economic paradigm for humanity. In 2011, Illien Global led by CEO Jayme Illien launched an initiative at the United Nations to create a new global day of awareness, the “International Day of Happiness”. UN resolution 66 281, which was adopted by consensus of all 193 member states on June 28, 2012, with the support of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, establishing the International Day of Happiness now celebrated worldwide every March 20.

UN resolution 66/281 recognizes “the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal” and “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world, the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives, and the need for a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness, and the well-being of all peoples”.

CBS news remarked that UN resolution 66/281 “echoes the US Declaration of Independence.” Speaking at the 1st UN High-Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world “needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define Gross Global Happiness.”