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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Tuesday, June 21 The View of Gross National Happiness: Integrating the 4 pillars
8:30 – 9:00 am Introduction
Overview of conference structure and purpose by Richard Reoch, President of Shambhala, and Rev. Bliss Browne, founder of Imagine Chicago.
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley and Valerie Sanford Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley and Valerie Stanford
9:00 - 10:00 am Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley, Home Minister of Bhutan
What Does Gross National Happiness (GNH) Mean?
Keynote address open to the public on a space available basis.
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - Noon Plenary: Pursuing Gross National Happiness
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre

Introductory Remarks: Dr. Constance Freeman, IDRC ESARO
Chair: Keith Stoodley, NRTEE
Photo Essay: Tuesday by Stella McNeil
Krishna Kumar Krishna Kumar
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
Morrison Hall Dining Room
  Lunch room
Optional: Lunch with Joel Salatin: Remarks and Discussion
Morrison Black Doors Room
Joel Salatin Lunch with Joel Salatin
1:30 - 3:00 pm Workshop Sessions
Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre

Sustainable and Equitable Economic Development
  1. Globalization and Wellbeing
    John Helliwell, Mark Mancall, Mike Salvaris (chair)
  2. Sustainable Rural Development Farouk Jiwa, Ali Mokhtar, David Bruce
  3. From Seed to Sale: The Journey of the Coffee Bean Jeff Moore, Francisco VanderHoff Boersma, Hudson Shotwell (chair)
  4. Balancing Work and Life Vicki Robin, Anders Hayden, John de Graaf (chair)
Vicki Robin Vicki Robin
  Good Governance
  1. Economic Development and Good Governance Yagya Ghale, Lisangela Gnocchi da Costa Reis
  2. Governance Issues in Disadvantaged Economic Regions Elizabeth Beale, Sanjit Bunker Roy, Rob Greenwood, Janet Larkman
  3. Self-Government and Prosperity: The Icelandic Model Sigfús Jónsson, Godfrey Baldacchino, Vilhjalmur Vilhjalmsson
  4. Restorative Justice and Good Governance Tashi Chhozom, Danny Graham, Stuart Myiow
Stuart Myiow Stewart Myiow Jr
Optional: Self-directed dialogues
An opportunity for participant led discussions on topics of interest.
3:00 - 3:30 pm Nutrition Break
MacKay Lounge, Bloomfield Centre
3:30 - 5:00 pm Plenary: Report Back from Groups and Response
Tuesday Afternoon Workshop Summaries

Jeff Moore and Vicki Robin
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
5:00 pm Walking, Contemplative Practices, Natural Building
Raffi & Tashi Raffi and Tashi
6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner
Morrison Hall Dining Room
7:30 pm Raffi Cavoukian, founder of Child Honoring and internationally acclaimed songwriter. The presentation will include the world premiere of "Count with Me" — Raffi’s new song for an index of wellbeing.
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
Photo Essay: Raffi "Count with Me" by Stella McNeil
8:30 pm Open Space and networking
Cash bar available in the MacKay Lounge.
Displays and poster exhibits.
9:00 pm Documentary Film Festival
Films and discussions with film-makers or main characters.
Moses Cody, Canada 1976
Argentina: Hope in Hard Times, USA 2005
followed by Q&A with co-director Melissa Young
Forbidden Forest, Canada 2004
followed by Q&A with producter Kent Martin and co-stars Jean-Guy Comeau and Francis Wishart
Affluenza, USA 1997
followed by Q&A with producer John de Graaf
10:00 pm Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, Canada 1993
Escape from Affluenza, USA 1998

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Photography courtesy Patch of Blue by Stella McNeil.