The Second Annual Conference on Gross National Happiness The Second International Conference on Gross National Happiness
Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing
Youth Day June 20, 2005
  Mini-Conference Workshops

Natural Building

Working with clay

Building Natural Shelters
Kim Thompson of Straw Bale Projects,
Selene Cole of Yurt Education Society, and team

Kim Thompson is a pioneer in developing straw bale and earth construction methods for northern climates. She is committed to creating beautiful, healthy, affordable buildings that use local materials and which can be used as a powerful community development tool. She has been involved in low impact, building projects in Canada, USA and Mexico since 1993 and teaches Natural Building at Dalhousie University, Halifax.
Natural Building
Selene Cole is founder of the Yurt Education Shelter Society (YESS), a non-profit organization that showcases yurts as sustainable shelter through hands-on educational workshops providing venues and resources for people to create their own shelters. YESS empowers people to build their own shelter using natural materials in a creative and ethical manner where processes respect the environment and do not jeopardize future resources.
How Change Happens
Richard Reoch is former Global Media Chief of Amnesty International where he spent 23 years. He is a trustee of the Rainforest Foundation. He is also author of Combating Torture, the official field manual of the 55-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and of To Die Well: A Holistic Approach for the Dying and Their Caregivers.
Paul Shore How to be an Intelligent Media Consumer
Paul Shore is a documentary director, media consultant and social entrepreneur. He serves as Canada Bureau Chief for GNN, an award-winning alternative news network, and is Co-Founder of The Apathy is Boring Project, a non-partisan organization that uses media, art and technology to engage youth in Canadian politics.
Vicki Robin
John de Graaf
SURVIVOR: The Consumer Culture
How to have a fabulous time with limited money.
Vicki Robin and John de Graaf

Vicki Robin is co-author with Joe Dominguez of the national best-seller, Your Money Or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money & Achieving Financial Independence, available now in nine languages. She is President of the New Road Map Foundation and Chair of the Simplicity Forum. She lectures widely, has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including "Oprah" and "Good Morning America" and has been featured in People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the New York Times.

John de Graaf has been writing and producing award-winning television programs for several decades, including the popular PBS specials Affluenza, and Running Out of Time. He is co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, and National Coordinator of the "Take Back Your Time" campaign. He has just finished a new film on world hunger, and is now completing a film on sustainable certification programs like fair trade coffee and FSC-certified wood.
Rev. Bliss Browne Imagine Your Community
Rev. Bliss Browne is founder and President of Imagine Chicago, a remarkable and innovative civic project founded in 1992 that has inspired a global movement on six continents. An ordained Episcopal priest (the first female priest ever to preach at Westminster Abbey), Rev. Browne was formerly a corporate banking Vice President and Division Head at the First National Bank of Chicago (1975-1991); and author of Ten Years of Imagination in Action and Women Alive: A Legacy of Social Justice.

The Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Canada Chapter is dedicated to exploring, enjoying and protecting the wild places of the earth and to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems.
Taking Action Now
Myriam Hammami of Sierra Club Canada is a youth who has had 5 years experience with experiential learning, environmental education and social justice activism. She is particularly interested in empowering youth with the tools necessary to take action on issues they feel passionate about. She has a creative approach and is guaranteed to involve every participant in her workshop using a little theatre and interactive activities. She is passionate about nature and hopes to inspire others in seeing their connection with the world around them.
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Conference Scent-free Policy
Please note that some people are highly sensitive to scented products and chemicals, and become ill from exposure to them. Therefore please do not wear or bring scented products or regular bug spray to Youth Day. Unscented sun cream and natural bug spray will be available there. Thank you for your consideration.

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