3.10.2010

Gross National Happiness, Revisited

Here's a relevant link re: our conversation below about motivations other than self-interest (or involving alternative kinds of self-interest, anyway):

This week's "Buddhist Geeks Podcast" is about Bhutan's national policy, which is based on "Gross National Happiness." I've reported on this before, but not in like four or five years. Whacko-awesome idea, huh? Here's the episode description:
Richard Brown–a long time Buddhist and contemplative educator–joins us to share some of the details from his recent involvement in helping the small Buddhist country of Bhutan reform their public education system. Bhutan, which since the early 70’s has had as its main goal to increase Gross National Happiness, wants to create an education system that pulls the best from the West. The main principles they’re holding with this reform, include Contemplation, a Holistic approach, Sustainability, Cultural Integrity, and Critical Intellect. Their aim is to educate their populace in such a way that they’re prepared for the onslaught of some of the more negative aspects of modernity–including the barrage of information and gross commercialization.

Richard was a core part of a recent 5-day workshop aimed at starting to plan the reform of their education system. Richard shares many of the details from that workshop, and shares some of the amazing steps that Bhutan has already taken, as a result, to foster the happiness and well-being of their countries inhabitants.
If you only have a minute, listen to minutes 5-6 in the podcast to get a feel for this alternative model of motivation.

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