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Implementing Gross National Happiness: The View from Bhutan

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 14th, 2012

28 February , 2012
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

Image from Gross National Happiness Centre Master Plan

Gross National Happiness (GNH) is Bhutan’s balanced development philosophy which seeks to integrate equitable and sustainable socio-economic development with environmental conservation, cultural promotion and good governance.  In this forum Isabel Sebastian and Tim Fischer will provide an overview and update of work in Bhutan to implement the Gross National Happiness approach including implications for government policy making, business and community. They will also outline plans for the new Gross National Happiness Centre to be developed in Bumthang, Bhutan as a practical focus for exploring and learning about the principles and practice of GNH.

Isabel Sebastian is a member of the Prime Minister of Bhutan’s Advisory Committee assisting with program development for Bhutan’s GNH Centre. Isabel has more than 20 years international experience working with business, government and community organisations to promote and implement sustainable development and sustainable tourism policies and practice.

Tim Fischer AC is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. In addition to his recently completed role as Australian Ambassador to the Vatican, Tim has an ongoing role as Australia’ Special Envoy to Bhutan. He is co-author, with Tshering Tashi of ‘Bold Bhutan Beckons’.

The event is free but space is strictly limited so please RSVP to: Emma Joughin,

Date: Tuesday 28 February 2012
Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
Venue: Matthaei Room (Lower East Dining Room,) University House (Bldg 112), Parkville, The University of Melbourne

“The Economics of Happiness”: Film Screening

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 15th, 2011

Both hard-hitting and inspirational, the film ‘The Economics of Happiness’ reveals some uncomfortable truths about today’s global economy, which is creating divisiveness, financial instability and environmental breakdown worldwide. But it also shows how people around the world are already engaged in exploring alternative visions of prosperity: uniting around a common cause to build more ecological, more human-scale, more local economies. The film features a chorus of voices from six continents, including Vandana Shiva, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche, and Clive Hamilton.

Join us for a special, free screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness’ followed by an opportunity for discussion with producer and director, Helena Norberg-Hodge.

Please RSVP:

Tuesday 3 May 2011, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Basement Theatre, ‘The Spot’, Business & Economics 198 Berkeley Street (cnr Pelham St) [Building 110] The University of Melbourne, Carlton

This event is proudly cosponsored by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL).

“Gross National Happiness Commission of Bhutan” Public Lecture

Posted in Events, Policies by Devin Maeztri on September 11th, 2008

This announcement is listed on Melbourne Social Forum Newsletter – September issue.

What: Public Lecture “Gross National Happiness Commission of Bhutan” by Karma Tshiteem
: Friday, 12 September at 6pm
: Melba Hall, Conservatorium Building University of Melbourne, on Royal Parade

Please contact Amy McKernan on 8344 9101 or by email to mcka for more information or to register for this event.

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