The Honors Think Tank on Quality of Life spent the academic year exploring basic assumptions about contemporary life, examining the meanings of happiness, productivity, success, and other key ideals that guide our lives. On a broader level, they looked at indicators of well being, making cross-national comparisons, and analyzed the design of neighborhoods and communities. This Think Tank Team spent a great deal of time outside of the classroom, visiting Wasatch Commons co-housing and the new Daybreak project, and documenting interviews with refugees through the International Rescue Committee.
After investigating the issue of pace of life in contemporary society, the Think Tank decided to produce a free “Pace of Life Fair” for the general public at the Salt Lake City Library as their final project. Representatives from area organizations had booths dedicated to addressing the important practical implications of the topic, including its historical, philosophical, and cultural aspects.