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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Wednesday, June 22 Morning theme: Environmental Preservation
8:30 – 10:00 am Workshop Sessions
Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre
Paul Gipe Paul Gipe
  Environmental Preservation
  1. Sustainable Energy Use: Harnessing the Wind Paul Gipe, David MacLeod
  2. Sustainable Energy Use: Living off the Grid Suhasini Ayer-Guigan, Sanjit Bunker Roy, Gael Watson
  3. Holistic Land Management and Soil Health Restoration Allan Savory, Dick Richardson and Pat Richardson
  4. Sustainable Forest Management James Drescher, Holly Dressel, Dr. Sangay Wangchuk, Elizabeth May, Bill McKay
  5. Natural Building Linda Zhu, Nawab Ali Khan, Kim Thompson
  1. Ecological Footprint Mathis Wackernagel
  1. The Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Nation Building and Environmental Sustainability Kerry Prosper, Afton First Nation, Nova Scotia, Canada; Stuart Myoiuw, Mohawk Tradition Council, Canada; Trudy Sable, director, Labrador Project/Innu Environmental Guardians Program, Gorsebrook Research Institute, Saint Mary's University
Allan Savory and Pat Richardson (right) Allan Savory
Optional: Self-directed dialogues
An opportunity for participant led discussions on topics of interest.
Allan Savory
“Paradigm shifts”

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10:30 – Noon Ray Anderson, founder and CEO, Interface Inc.
On Responsibility in the Private Sector
Introductory remarks by Allan Savory, holistic management pioneer.
Hon. Kerry Morash, NS Minister for Environment and Labour (chair).
Keynote address open to the public on a space available basis.
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
Wednesday, June 22 Afternoon theme: Social and Cultural Promotion
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
Morrison Hall Dining Room
John Helliwell

Understanding Happiness
(240K PDF)

Globalization & Wellbeing
(642K PDF)

Well-Being, Social Capital and Public Policy: What's New?
(340K PDF)
John Helliwell
1:30 - 3:00 pm Plenary: Counting so it Counts
Marilyn Waring PhD, New Zealand economist on value of unpaid work; Mathis Wackernagel, co-developer of Ecological Footprint; John Helliwell, PhD, pioneer in measuring wellbeing; Doug May, PhD, and Alton Hollett, Newfoundland and Labrador Community Accounts. Ronald Colman, Ph.D, Executive Director, GPI Atlantic (chair)
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
3:00 - 3:30 pm Nutrition Break
Women in Development panel: Marilyn Waring Women in Development panel: Marilyn Waring

3:30 - 5:00 pm Workshop Sessions
Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre
  Social and Cultural Promotion
  1. Caring for the Living and Dying ~ Dr. Yacouba Koné, Mali health clinics; Khenpo Phuntsok Tashi, Bhutan; Judy Lief, author of Making Friends with Death
  2. Honouring our Children ~ Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; Katherine Covell, Executive Director, Cape Breton University Children's Rights Centre
  3. Promoting Local and Indigenous Culture ~ Karma Ura, Director Centre for Bhutan Studies; Mary Jane Lamond, Cape Breton Gaelic singer; Jean Timsit, president, French American Charitable Trust (chair).
  4. Women in Development Ela Bhatt, founder, Self-Employed Women's Association, India; Marilyn Waring PhD, New Zealand; Emily Sikazwe, Executive Director, Women for Change, Zambia (chair).
  5. Human Rights and Cultural Sustainability ~ Dr. Wilhelmina Donkoh, University of Ghana, IDRC; Ivana Dragic, Peaceful Schools Initiative, Serbia; Devorah Brous, founder, BUSTAN, Israel; Richard Reoch, former global media chief, Amnesty International (Chair)
  6. The Media in Development ~ Siok Sian Pek-Dorji, Bhutan; Paul Shore, Canada Bureau Chief, GNN; John de Graaf, TV producer, USA
  7. Holistic Education Policies ~ Krishna Kumar, director, Total Literacy Program, Kerala, India: "Literacy as Key to Wellbeing and Development"; John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing us Down
  8. Education and Gross National Happiness ~ Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan; Dasho Zangley Dukpa, Bhutan; Tashi Zangmo, Bhutan, University of Massachusetts
  9. People Assessing Their Health (PATH) ~ Lucille Harper, Antigonish Women's Resource Centre, Colleen Cameron, and Susan Eaton, consultant
Human Rights and Cultural Sustainability panel:
Ivana Dragic, Peaceful Schools Initiative, Serbia
Ivana Dragic, Peaceful Schools Initiative, Yugoslavia
Optional: Self-directed dialogues
An opportunity for participant led discussions on topics of interest.
5:00 – 6:00 pm Walking, Contemplative Practices, Natural Building,
6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner
Morrison Hall Dining Room
Halifax 6:00 pm A special screening of The Corporation with Ray Anderson
Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, University of King's College, Halifax
Limited Seating. Tickets:$5. Advance tickets available at Outside the Lines Bookstore 6297 Quinpool Rd., P'lovers The Environmental Store 5657 Spring Garden St., and Just Us! Fair Trade Shop and Coffee Bar 1678 Barrington St. Includes a free copy of the Canadian publication Corporate Knights and food & drink reception. Question & Answer period with Ray Anderson. Proceeds to support the Genuine Progress Index Atlantic. Organized by Interface, the School of Journalism, University of King's College, and the Society for Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility.
7:30 – 8:30 pm Irondale Ensemble presentation of "The Good Society"
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
7:30 pm Documentary Film Festival
Films and discussions with film-makers or main characters.
Pioneers of Hospice, USA 2004
followed by Q&A with Donna Hanczaryk and Jacquie Bell
Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger, USA 2005
followed by Q&A with co-producer John de Graaf
Who's Counting?
Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies & Global Economics
, Canada 1996
followed by Q&A with Marilyn Waring
Teaching Peace in a Time of War, Canada 2003
followed by Q&A Teresa MacInnes, Ivana Dragic and Hetty van Gurp
8:30 pm Hope for the Future, Canada 2005
followed by Q&A Teresa MacInnes, Ivana Dragic and Hetty van Gurp
9:00 pm Bhutan – Visions of Gross National Happiness, Australia 2005
followed by Q&A with producer Suellen Donnelly
Gross National Happiness, The Netherlands 2004
Politics of Happiness, UK 2005
Kerla Experiences, India
followed by Q&A with director Krishna Kumar
Switch on Bhutan, Bhutan 2001
followed by Q&A with producer/director Tshewang Dendup
Tshewang Dendup Tshewang Dendup
9:00 pm CEILIDH
Mary Jane Lamond, Wendy MacIsaac, Beolach
MacKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
Open to the public.
Photo Essay: CEILIDH by Stella McNeil

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