The discussion about Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Bhutan and abroad resonated with attempts to find solutions to global problems related to climate change, unsustainability, inequality, poverty, environmental and biodiversity degradations.
Inspired by Bhutan’s holistic and sustainable developmental approach, GNH, a group of Bhutanese and international professionals from Singapore, Taiwan, and Malaysia have established a non-profit organization called Global Happiness Alliance (GHA).
By seeking support and addressing such global, national and individual challenges faced by vulnerable communities, the GHA would become a platform to increase global happiness.
“It seeks to engage policymakers, civil society organizations, religious leaders and relevant stakeholders from around the world to share ideas and convert them into actions through philosophical discourse, cultural exchanges, education, and dialogue,” said Co-founder of GHA, Chencho Tshering.
GHA in collaboration with Social Entrepreneur with Integrity Association (SEIA) organized a day-long workshop on “Happiness with Bhutan” was in the capital yesterday.
Chencho Tshering said that the workshop is expected to enhance the understanding of the importance of such a concept and spreading it around the world.
As the ultimate goal is to encourage the participants to implement collective ideas in their own communities, the outcomes of the conference will be used by the GHA as a tool to enhance happiness.
The founder of SEIA in Taiwan and also a co-founder of GHA, Lin Tseng Jung said that the workshop is to unify participants from across the globe and share inspirations and practices that advance global happiness.
“Through such workshops, we aim to address social and environmental challenges faced by the world today,” he said.
As a part of the workshop, participants also presented on sustainable tourism for GNH and Bhutan’s development plans centering on happiness, among others.
About 30 participants also discussed ideas and possible ways to propagate GNH within the country and beyond.
By Chimi Dema | Kuensel