The Second Annual Conference on Gross National Happiness The Second International Conference on Gross National Happiness
Outcomes & Follow-Up
  This section is devoted to outcomes inspired by the Antigonish conference in June 2005, and follow-up sessions.
July 18-19 , 2007 International Conference on Happiness in Global Perspectives & Local Interpretations: The Implication to Alternative Development Paradigm and Public Policy
The Public Policy Development Office (PPDO), a new policy & research unit within the Government House in Bangkok, invites you to participate in the international conference on "Happiness in Global Perspectives and Local Interpretations: the Implication to Alternative Development Paradigm and Public Policy". The conference, co-organized by UNESCAP will be held on 18-19 July 2007 at the United Convention Center (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand.

For more information, please see or the draft Program 167 KB PDF

Gross National Happiness in Bhutan: A film and documentary
In a world where material prosperity appears to be the only measuring stick for progress, this documentary film investigates Gross National Happiness (GNH), the alternative approach proposed by Bhutan, through an audio-visual documentary. All levels of the Bhutanese society, ranging from government level to farmers in remote areas have been filmed and questioned about their reaction to the GNH-policy: Does-it work or not? Fully, partially, not at all?

This documentary film is now complete and is available for ordering. You can also view trailers of the film.

November 22-28, 2007 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness

Following on the Rethinking Development Conference held in June 2005, the Third International Conference on Gross National Happiness will be held in Thailand in November 2007. See the announcement or the full proposal (200 KB PDF) for further details.

Draft Program 140 KB PDF

January 2007 Publication: Unlearning the Language of Conquest
The paper presented at the ReThinking Development Conference by Frank Bracho has recently been published as the opening chapter of this multi-authored work from the University of Texas Press.
December 3, 2006 World's Biggest Award for Sustainability: $1 Million Alcan Prize to the Barefoot College of India
Bunker Roy, founder of the Barefoot College, was a ReThinking Development conference presenter.
September 22, 2006 Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, founder of The Natural Step visits Halifax
See the full announcement for more details.
June 30, 2006 Lunch & Learn at Dalhousie
An inspirational public presentation about how Whistler, BC and Canmore, AB developed and implemented integrated community sustainability plans. Learn how these communities used The Natural Step framework and the Early Adopters process to ignite the "fire-souls", change agents, in their communities. Presenters: Mitch Rhodes and Laura MacKay. Mitch is a Chartered Accountant and Strategic Planner, who is the Former President of AWARE (Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment). Laura is a Communications Associate with The Natural Step Canada and has worked in sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship development. They both have Masters degree in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden and are the Co-Founders of Treadlight Productions in Vancouver. Organized by GPI Atlantic, the Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN), and the Society for Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility (CESR).

Community Leadership towards Sustainability: The Natural Step
27 slide presenation 7.3MB PDF
Nov. 18-19, 2005 Oak Island, Nova Scotia
Building Sustainable Development
Moving Atlantic Canada forward as a model of socially and environmentally responsible development.

April 21, 2006 Workshop Report WORD | PDF
Dec. 16, 2005 Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Toward Sustainable Communities:
An Introduction to The Natural Step (TNS)

A presentation on The Natural Step (TNS) Framework by Chad Park
  The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia
A Step forward by Chad Park and Tamara Lorincz
The Natural Step
Halifax Regional Municipality Sustainability Analysis (576K PDF)
September 2004

  What they are saying about Rethinking Development

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