You might hear the phrase “gross national happiness” and think, hippy dippy, airy fairy or completely ineffectual for other countries to emulate…and if you do, check out Bhutan.
I’m behind the times as I only saw the documentary myself a couple of weeks ago and it only firms my belief that we’re doing it wrong…And by “it” I mean EVERYTHING.
They’re a monarchical society where the king is actually working toward democracy even though the people are contented with his rule.
This is actually working!
What does GNH mean? In the words of the commission that oversees this policy in Bhutan, their objectives are:
“The GNHC shall ensure that GNH is mainstreamed into the planning, policy making and implementation process by evaluating their relevance to the GNH framework of:
i.developing a dynamic economy as the foundation for a vibrant democracy;
ii.Harmonious Living – in harmony with tradition and nature;
iii.Effective and good governance; and
iv.Our people: investing in the nation’s greatest asset.”
Unlike first world nations, Bhutan has taken a measured approach to how fast and how useful is technological advancement is; to the people, the environment and the overall wellbeing of Bhutan.
Now this is a place I would like to create, not just move there but demand it from my own government.
Who’s with me?