The Second Annual Conference on Gross National Happiness The Second International Conference on Gross National Happiness
Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
June 20 to June 24, 2005
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Some highlights:
Summary data: “Gross National Happiness” media mentions 2000-2005
See “After” and “Related” links for the lastest articles featuring GNH 2 and GNH.

October 4, 2005 The New York Times, USA — Andrew C. Revkin
A New Measure of Well-Being From a Happy Little Kingdom (1.1MB PDF)
September, 2005 CSR Journal, Thailand — SVN (Asia)
Gross National Happiness and Public Policy Development
June 27, 2005 The Hour Video for WMP and QuickTime runs 6:11
Measuring happiness, rather than wealth
featuring interviews with Dr. Ronald Colman and Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley.

  Participant comments:
“ It was a great educative experience to be in the Conference. I was amazed at the creative force coming from various directions. Very impressive. ” — Ela R. Bhatt, SEWA
“ That was without doubt the best, and most satisfying, conference I have ever been to.

“ I asked myself afterwards why it had been so good, and it seemed to me that the success was not just in the theme (such a rich and varied one) but very much in the planning and the selection of people and activities; and it generated real warmth between people. It certainly gave me a few ideas about how to improve what are so often ritualistic and formal affairs, especially academic conferences where everyone is showing off.

“ I think the most special features for me were: the diversity of people from many countries, working in such different ways for the same broad cause; the involvement of young people — which was real and not token, and crucial for the future success of this movement; the pleasing mix of global/national with local/community issues; the quite tangible sense of the spiritual and non-material issues and how to give them proper place, because they are usually only given token recognition; the marvellous social and celebratory events, musical, theatrical, film (I'm only sorry I had to miss so much: I vowed at the start I would forgo the films because I could see most of them back in Australia, but they were all the kinds of films you have to see).

“ For me, there were some really productive, and I hope, lasting friendships, networks and outcomes. ”
— Professor Michael Salvaris of Victoria University, Australia
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