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Well-Being Society scenario project

Well-Being Society scenario project 15 September 2010 – 15 September 2013 (3 years) Proposal Year I (+ outline for Year II and III)

Well-Being Society scenario project

CONTENTS Pages I. Introduction Rationale Well-Being Society scenario in comparison with two contrasting scenarios: our thesis II. Description of Well-Being Society scenario project • • • Coordination and Synthesis; Social Innovation Conceptual Research: Re-thinking Property Action-research: Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Sub-proposal (1) Organic Farmers as Social Entrepreneurs. Sustainable Agriculture: a Trend towards Community Interest Companies? Sub-proposal (2) ICT and Well-Being Policy III. Appendices School for Wellbeing Studies and Research Patron, Advisors, Organization Addresses and Contacts Summary past, present and future activities Communication strategy 3 5 9 11 11 20 24

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Well-Being Society scenario project 15 September 2010 – 15 September 2013 (3 years) Proposal Year I (+ outline for Year II and III)

As one of the major results of the ‘GNH Movement’ research development project realized with support of Thailand Research Fund and ThaiHealth/TGLIP in the period August 2008-March 2010, the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research was established by MOU in August 2009. Another major result of the GNH Movement project is the formation of a coalition of research groups within the framework of the ‘School for Wellbeing’ to formulate and submit a second phase of the GNH Movement project over the period 2010-2013, characterized by conceptual innovation and action-research. The project proposed here by the coalition of research groups is titled the Wellbeing Society Scenario project. ULTIMATE AIM of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research To strengthen transformation movements towards sustainable communities and a global wellbeing society

The founding partners of the School for Wellbeing are: the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; the Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu, Bhutan; and the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation. The Patron of the School for Wellbeing is the Prime Minister of Bhutan, H.E. Jigmi Y. Thinley. A short description of the School for Wellbeing and the list with its Advisors is attached to this proposal. School for Wellbeing Studies and Research Strategic Objective

To strengthen transformation movements towards a ‘Wellbeing Society’: Re-shaping an intercultural ‘Third Way’ supported by a ‘Tri-Sector’ Development Dialogue. The target of this emerging Tri-Sector dialogue is the realization of sustainable and just development in the decade 2010-2020 by improvement of participatory decision making. The major three stakeholdersectors in this dialogue to be initiated at all levels (rural communities, urban centres, nations, regional and global platforms) being: 1. governments, 2. business and 3. civil society.


Articulation of ‘Well-Being Society’: Impact

As much as the aims, impacts and social awareness regarding a ‘wellbeing society’scenario will be articulated, the application of the positive aspects of diverse systems or scenarios, realized on the ground in unique combinations, will be enabled (see pages 4-7). Evidence-based foresight of the impacts of the wellbeing society in comparison to the neo-liberal and socialist alternatives will support mindful decision making and informed public participation. The Well-Being Society scenario project aims to innovate an academic platform and ‘social lab’ where participatory decision making can be exercised and multiplied into publicly available learning materials.

Target groups The project aspires to extend and intensify the experiences gained in the ‘GNH Movement’ project with dialogue among three basic stakeholder categories: Governments and inter-gouvernmental agencies; the business sector; and civil society. As the aim of the Wellbeing Society Scenario project is to raise the level of public participation in articulating policies towards sustainable and just development, the fourth target group consists of the education and media sectors. This fourth sector is considered not to be a political factor on its own but a support-system, in principal equally, serving the three major stakeholder categories identified here. Civil society: networks of diverse NGO’s (dedicated to a diversity of issues) and PO’s; groups and independent leaders dedicated to engaged spirituality; religious organizations and networks for inter-faith dialogue Business: business owners and shareholders; urban and rural responsible business networks; consumer groups and entities mediating between producers and consumers; investors; managers; middle management; labour groups; co-operatives; trainers and consultants; farmers Governments: policy makers in ministries; government agencies; politicians, political parties; inter-governmental agencies; advisors Education and the Media: diversity of universities and disciplines; policy makers; lectures, assistants, students; independent researchers and research groups; teachers and education consultants; media policy makers; producers and journalists; media groups


Cultural Power and Threefolding by Nicanor Perlas. and a village-based economy. instead of carving out its own course. After initial success the efforts were reversed and the economies nearly collapsed in 2008. However cooperatives in general adjusted to the economic environment and the movement did hardly offer a systemic alternative for national economies. 1998. Parallel to this effort a comparable approach was conceived in Asia by Nicanor Perlas. The ‘Third Way’ never matured into a systemic alternative realized massively and consequently on the ground over a longer period of time. in independent India. notably by political leaders Bill Clinton and Tony Blair have resulted in compromises between free-market and socialist systems that honoured the negative aspects of both rather than combining the positive dimensions of each. 1 The USA-British initiative of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair was advised by Anthony Giddens author of The Third Way: the renewal of Social Democracy.Well-Being Society scenario project ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rationale The ‘Third Way’ between socialism and capitalism has never matured into an 1 alternative in its own right. spread all over the world. The emerging blend of liberalization within communist China still maintains a lighter ecological footprint than that of the West. but it never reached the mainstream like the ‘Third Way’ did in 2 England and USA . A major obstacle towards emergence of a genuine ‘alternative economy’ has been the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi before he could start his governance experiment. 5 . 2000. increasingly followed the principles of the USA economy. for example by Robert Owen (1771-1858) in England. 2 Shaping Globalization. including some of the largest enterprises. The ‘co-operative movement’ was articulated in modern history as a potentially alternative economic framework. Civil Society. Centre for Alternative Development Ininitatives (CADI). The European ‘social-market economy’. in spite of enormous efforts to change the course. The movement now includes an enormous number of co-operatives. including ‘trusteeship’ ruling property. Philippines. The most recent attempts to create a ‘Third Way’ . It was hard hit by the economic crisis of 2008 which revealed its unsustainable characteristics. but the Chinese economy as it develops. is not genuinely sustainable and just.

as well as contemplation on property regimes will offer analytical material to test this assumption: skillfully addressing the urban-rural divide has strong transformational impact. The relevant pioneering minority in agriculture being the organic agriculture movement. In traditional. Not only will this assumption be tested by means of academic dialogue but as well in simulation of decision making regarding the policy dilemmas involved. and the positive charisma surrounding the newly constituted democracy Bhutan with its Gross National Happiness. And within the world of ICT this is the ‘creative commons’ approach. transformative. was marginalized. Assessing and re-thinking Food Security policies provide a challenging framework for this exercise. may as much emerge from efforts to bridging the urban-rural divide.In Africa Julius Nyerere induced co-operatives nation-wide in Tanzania. However the original impulse evolved towards a restrictive government-driven system. A new development paradigm. 3 As stated by H. endogenous and contemporary alternative worldviews nature is considered to be common property shared by all in a multiple generational perspective and cared for – not exploited – by communities directly involved. worldview and authentic. however. Bhutan launched its Gross National Happiness philosophy as a new development paradigm. profile. Prime Minister Jigmi Y. The ‘wellbeing society’ should not be seen as a compromise between neo-liberal and socialist systems but as a development path based on a distinct vision. often maintained from far and anonymously. from a possible ‘third scenario’: the wellbeing society. though not at all ignoring the urgent need for ‘economic justice’. intrinsic values. as pioneered by Joseph Ki-Zerbo in Burkina Faso. no longer can escape from facing the challenge to bridging the gap between rich and poor.E.(the state) regimes. Best practices gathered in the framework of this project from both agriculture and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) undertakings. Socio-political crisis-ridden Thailand’s struggle to comply with sufficiency economy. While the inspiration towards ‘endogenous development’. 6 . Thailand is exploring avenues – beyond ritual – towards a genuine sufficiency economy and since the political crisis of May 2010. Thinley of Bhutan at several occasions. Whether it really can make a difference will be determined within a 3 decade . as from focusing on ‘wealth distribution’. including traditional forms of cooperative business. Nearly all over the world natural resources are governed by private property(individuals and corporates) or public property. it is important to give the ‘wellbeing society’ a stronger. In order to facilitate countries and above all civil societies to determine their own unique mix of development philosophy and economic theory guiding practice. offer two possible important ‘social labs’ for exploring new combinations that include elements of capitalist and socialist systems but above all could draw their guidance towards a new direction in development.

From Thailand-Bhutan interaction in this perspective. 7 Asia-Europe is formalized in the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting). the regional UN Social and Economic Commission for Asia-Pacific . 6 Thailand and Bhutan are engaged respectively in the political frameworks ASEAN and SAARC. Example of a NGO-driven intercontinental network is Asia-Africa collaboration was initiated in the Bandung conference which commemorates its 55th anniversary in Indonesia. neighboring India and China. 5 See the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission Report on Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.g. business and civil society sectors as equal partners in a common effort to shape development. Asia). this would strengthen the contributions of movements in Thailand and in Bhutan to the debate on 5 re-thinking economic performance and social progress in South-East and in South Asia . links can be established to regional (Mekong countries. The purpose is to engage the government. Neighbouring countries of Thailand are bound together in the Mekong-region network – the Mekong river springs from the Tibetan plateau north of Bhutan – while Bhutan is an independent country at the core of the Himalayan region. and the practitioners exchanges within the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) guided by Japanese economist Nakamura Hisashi. 6 4 See the Buddhist Economics Research platform e. new ‘Third Way’ economy. The discourse could influence the new role of Asia in shaping progress towards appropriate global governance. The construction of a ‘wellbeing society’ scenario is intended to provide a framework for dialogue at various levels. S.perspective. October 2010. Thailand. continental (Asia Pacific) and global networks operating in the same field of articulating an alternative. The first ASEM was held in Bangkok. Both countries have their complex problems as well as their unique ‘cultural capital’. an economy of sharing. 1995. Common denominators to be revealed among this diversity of alternatives – unique but in many ways representative for other unique cultures in Asia – could provide the foundations of a wellbeing society . a new generation ‘Buddhist Economics’ is being 4 explored and may offer new windows to alternative development . 7 . For this reason the concept deserves an exploration into more depth.Thailand and Bhutan offer two exemplary opportunities to co-create unique development pathways. If common ground can indeed be found and given a strong profile.E. Both Thailand and Bhutan are involved in the BIMSTEC regional framework and UN-ESCAP. In addition to secular initiatives. the academic papers of Apichai Puntasen. including interaction with initiatives evolving from 7 other continents .

The design. ‘The School’ intends to be an independent think-tank in this field. including by means of social networking.Participatory decision making in policy development can be exercised by modes of simulation games with backing of academic research. and beyond mere intellectual exchange. forecasting the impacts of alternate decisions. The School for Wellbeing Studies and Research aims to provide a platform for exchanges and debate on wellbeing-driven policy development. experimentation and evaluation of the informed simulation offers material for a multi-media communication project which brings decision-making on contemporary global dilemmas into the direct face-to-face human sphere. The simulated decision making process can possibly be shared with the public. 8 .

altruism Major actor is civil society Community spirit and localized regulation. education. competition Social security determined by market mechanism. Development reality will always result in a unique mix of systems. global inter-cultural networking Democratically supported consensusbuilding mechanisms Solidarity Responsibility towards the common good and shared values Co-responsibility of civil society (families. Assumption Local diversity will lead to optimal holistic ‘added value’. the state and the business sector.manipulated democratic system. happiness. religious and ethics-based organizations).Well-Being Society scenario in comparison with two contrasting scenarios: our thesis General characteristics All three scenarios have both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ characteristics and impacts. majority rule Justice Duty towards collective aims and equal rights Rights-based social security arranged by state and taxation of business and private persons. individual success Major actor is private business Individualism and deregulation. Education and health care ‘owned’ by civil society Multi-stakeholder Socialist scenario Welfare state Collective responsibility (Basic) income. This common cause is tentatively perceived as the ‘global well-being society’: well-being for all. wealth. state-driven global governance Multi-party democracy (in communist system: single party). global governance dominated by multinational corporations Money. communities. principles have to be clearly distinguished so that synergies indeed enable the achievement of intended results.(lobby-ism) and media. Scenario Systemic characteristic Responsibility Indicators of progress Major actors Governance focus Scenario towards wellbeing societies Wellbeing society Common responsibility in social systems Wellbeing. for right choices to make. security Freedom Freedom to conquer individual success. health care Equitable economic Wealth distribution by Regime that suppresses 9 . state education and health care Neo-liberal scenario Free market abundance Individual responsibility Profit. if global networks serve a common cause determined by consensus building. private education and privatized health care Governance mode Core values underpinning Worldview Ethics Social security system. However. Equality Major actor is the state Collectivism and state regulation.

governmentbusiness. responsible and participatory media. censorship Description Well-Being Society scenario project 10 . processing and marketing channels owned by private business. land. government sector primary customer.sectors leading to bridging the gap between rich and poor. state distribution Pragmatism Emphasis on private property Large scale farming. bridging the urban-rural divide Holistic science Emphasis on common property Community based small-scale organic farming and natural resources management. ‘food sovereignty’ Networks of ‘creative commons’. commercially structured services and products. governance by the masses conflict between rich and poor. equal efforts and customized service catering urban and rural participants taxation. purchasing power of urban customers drives product development and services. seeds.development Scientific orientation Property Agriculture system and Food security Information and communication dialogue between civil society. balanced by philanthropy Historic materialism Emphasis on public property Collective and largescale farming under government regulations. free expression ICT sector in hands of state enterprises. free market mechanism Private sector driven. bio-diversity and fair trade through local and international networks.

WELL-BEING SOCIETY SCENARIO PROJECT Sharpening Evidence by Simulated Decision Making Scenario Comparison Re-thinking Property Organic Farmers as Social Entrepreneurs ICT ‘creative commons’ for WellBeing Policies Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide From HIA to Wellbeing Impact Assessment? The Well-Being Society scenario as drafted above (pages 9-10) will be gradually fine-tuned during the 3 years’ project.• Coordination and Synthesis. The Coordination Team intends to innovate conceptual and action-research progress towards new insights and experimentation. based on academic evidence and 11 . Social Innovation The Coordination Team will be responsible for aligning the various research projects and to enable synthesis.

One assumption is that traditional notions of common property are revitalized in ‘regenerative’ rural development and that this movement resonates with new approaches to intellectual property.forecasting. it is necessary to gain full understanding of this factor that programmes society and to find sources for bringing about alternative approaches: “re-defining property”. notable the ‘creative commons’ movement in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) a typically urbandriven response to the supremacy of mainstream private and public property regimes. and in comparison with the ‘socialist’ and ‘neo-liberalist’ scenarios. In order to find windows towards ‘re-setting’ the economy as the backbone of the future wellbeing society. and critique on GDP as a misleading measurement of wellbeing. Matthieu Ricard) and how a shift in producer-consumer orientations from this point of view could result in new approaches to economics (Apichai Puntasen). Much attention has been given to monetary turn-over. has been almost wiped out by the primacy of state ownership in communist systems. However. In contrast new indicators of wellbeing like Gross National Happiness in Bhutan have been explored and have guided us towards in-depth research on utility. It is a challenging research question whether and in what ways property regimes correlate with the perceived urban-rural divide. A further rationale for selection of the theme ‘Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide’ for this research project is provided in that section. The comparison will focus on ‘Re-thinking Property’ and ‘Bridging the UrbanRural Divide’ as two critical factors defining the Well-Being Society scenario. Academic evidence will be gathered (within the limitations of this project) guided by the Health Impact Assessment (HIA). and is at present overruled by a neo-liberal monoculture of private property claims. The HIA. Rationale of selecting ‘Re-thinking Property’ and ‘Bridging the Uraban-Rural Divide’ as the core areas of research The core issue proposed to be studied in order to understand the current economic system and its impact on the wellbeing of people is the notion of property.approach. A leading traditional notion of property. contentment and altruism as manifestations of happiness or wellbeing (Amartya Sen. during the GNH-movement platform on ‘Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide’ the diversity of (often conflicting) property regimes as uphold by different stakeholders was highlighted. Social Innovation 12 . ‘the commons’ (Vandana Shiva). • Coordination and Synthesis. and how insights can help to bridging this divide.approach will be gradually developed towards a Well-Being Assessment approach. indicators to monitor it like Gross Domestic Product (GDP). mainly as an obstacle for transformation towards sustainable development.

2 Organization: 1.4 Starting Date: 1.3 Title of Project: 1. while Research Assistants to be appointed will meet one day every two weeks. School for Wellbeing Studies and Research. first stage one year (15 Sept. Coalition School for Wellbeing coalition of research groups • • • • Faculty of Political Science.1. coordinated by the Project Management. Project Management on behalf of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research Wellbeing Society Scenario project 15 Septemeber 2010 3 years. 2010–15 Sept.6. Project Coordinator Hans van Willenswaard. Co-Manager School 1.5 Duration: 1. Part II: Project Description 13 . for Wellbeing Studies and Research Jarin Boonmathya. Process Coordinator Patcharee Chonmamat. Chulalongkorn University (CEST) Healthy Public Policy Foundation (HPPF) Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise – Project Management. 2011) Names: Wallapa van Willenswaard.Part I: Administrative Information 1. on behalf of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research The Researchers (supervisors) of each group will meet bi-monthly. Chulalongkorn University Centre for Ethics of Science and Technology. Project Director Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise.

Activating a network to construct and assess a Wellbeing Society scenario and comparing the impacts to neo-liberal and socialist scenarios.and actionresearch concerning aspects critical to the Wellbeing Society scenario to be implemented by research groups of the coalition: Re-thinking Property and Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide (Regenerative Agriculture and ICT for Well-being policies).2 Aim and Objectives Wellbeing Society scenario development and capacity building by means of simulation of participatory decision making processes and a multi-media project. in the perspective national reform efforts and international movements to shape sustainable and just development. 2. To prepare dissemination in phase 3. in particular in the perspective of capacity building and transformative learning. To support development of a Wellbeing Impact Assessment approach.K. 3. Bhutan.1 Rationale See pages 5-8 2. To prepare a multi-media project in which the impacts of the diverse scenarios will be clarified with academic support (forecasting) and by means of an intensive process of simulated participatory decision making. With input from the GNH Index as developed by the Centre for Bhutan Studies. To guide. and towards National Wellbeing Accounting by the Centre for Wellbeing.3 Conceptual Framework Process Development 14 . Social Innovation 2. and other agencies. coordinate and synthesize in-depth conceptual. To improve public participation in giving direction to the development of Thailand ~ enabled by articulation of the ‘wellbeing society scenario’ ~. [The multi-media project to be implemented in phase 2 and 3]. New Economics Foundation (nef). To evaluate and share the lessons learned from this exercise. 1. taking experiences with the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and capital approach (Decharut Sukkumnoed) as the starting point. 6.Coordination and Synthesis. 2. U. 5. 4.

Synthesis and Advanced Research 2. Best practices Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide 2.The scenario is developed and tested by simulation. The impact of the media event on public participation is evaluated and continuous feed-back provides new input in scenario development and recommendations for policy makers. ICT and Wellbeing policy development Dialogue. The simulation is presented as a media event and educational tool. Social Innovation 1.4 Activities 15 .2.1. Conceptual Research Re-thinking Property 2. dissemination Production of Simulation Game for educational purpose and public distribution Curriculum Development Coordination and Synthesis. capacity building. Year I Developing an alternative Year II Exercising informed decision making to test alternatives Televised Simulation Game with academic research backing Year III Sharing experiences. Regenerative Organic Agriculture 2.

Where relevant together with the Researchers. resource persons and participants in GNH Movement project (see: Appendix) Organization School for Wellbeing Studies and Research Universities in Thailand and abroad Sufficiency Economy network CSR networks (including Global Compact) Social Quality network / ISS The Hague Quality of Life network Buddhist Economics network International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) / Buddhist Economics working group Interfaith networks working on development. wellbeing. civil society sectors) and monitoring Experts in transformative education. By undertaking interviews and organizing an innovation process. Overview of examples: Name Patron. Partners and Advisors. and extend it with new stakeholder representatives and expertise. participation in seminars and conferences. in particular working with simulation games and role play 16 . happiness World Future Council. coorganizing events and exchanging research results. In a joint effort the ‘wellbeing society scenario’ will be given profile in comparison with other scenarios. Germany Right Livelihood Award. Sweden World Social Forum World Economic Forum Thai and international experts on scenario writing (government. the Coordination Team will intensify the network build-up as a result of the GNH Movement project. Preparations will be made to make the step from exchanges and exploration to exercising informed decision making by simulation. business.

team building and regular exchanges • Step 2: Co-organize the HIA and capitals methodology experts’ seminar and methodology exchanges among the researchers • Step 3: Literature review. Wellbeing Impact Assessment Simulation game development Timeline*) (2010-2011: 12 months).2. interviews and workshops with stakeholders Decoding and synthesizing process Conference: Wellbeing Society in Thailand. refining wellbeing society scenario assumptions. organizing conference on GNH Movement project results and on Wellbeing Society scenario assumptions and project aspirations • Step 4: Networking. year II and III Jul Sep Nov Jan Mar May Year II III Project Management and Content Coordination *) to be adjusted to delayed start per 15 September 2010 17 . website HIA Methodology. and Coordination with researchers. interviews and workshops with experts and stakeholders • Step 5: Building multi-media database (for year II and III). participation in seminars and conferences.5 Action Plan • Step 1: Arrangements for Project Management. ongoing • Step 6: Preparing simulation game through team process (for year II and III) • Step 7: Co-organizing an international conference on Re-thinking Property • Step 8: Decoding and synthesizing process. transition to Year II and III • Step 9 : Organizing concluding conference (will be realized at the start of Year II) Procedure Literature review and report Networking. October 2010 International conference ‘Rethinking Property’ (co-financed) Multi-media database. final report in June 2011.

If additional sponsorship can be found an international conference on Rethinking Property will be held and a series of dialogues between international and Thai experts will be organized.6 Expected Outputs and Outcomes Outputs • Synthesis Report: In this report the results of conceptual and action-research undertaken by the partners of the research-coalition will be presented and integrated as a contribution towards the re-formulated wellbeing society scenario. Multi-media database: the partners will gather and produce materials that will be systematically stored and made available for the second and third stages of the project. series. t. international) of School for Wellbeing Studies and Research: continuous contribution as an independent think tank towards reconciliation.2. strengthening informed decision-making towards wellbeing • 18 . operational team for multimedia programme (publications.v. social transformation and the shaping of a sustainable and just society New tools for capacity building and participation in public policy development. social networking. public dialogue): based on academic debate and dialogue with stakeholders a simulation game will be designed enabling testing of the impacts of decisions based on the various scenarios. a partnership with media-groups and experts will be forged which can implement the game in year 2 and can produce educational material for broad dissemination in year 3 • • • • • Outcomes • Strengthened network (Thailand. media productions and capacity building Outline for Wellbeing Impact Assessment methodology: starting from the example of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) approach steps will be explored towards development of an inter-disciplinary Wellbeing Impact Assessment approach Outline for Wellbeing Society scenario: a reworked version of the Wellbeing Society Scenario will be presented including the links to bodies of knowledge and research groups able to help test the scenario in simulated decision making and as a tool supporting policy development Design for Decision Making Simulation Game. Conferences and Dialogues: at the beginning of the first and second year conferences will be organized to share results and research questions. future research.

action-research and educational application levels • Policy recommendations addressing a tri-sector effort to bridging the urbanrural divide: visionary dialogues and new partnerships for development 19 .society scenario: contributing towards a participatory democracy with innovations at conceptual.

peoples’ conflicts 8 Development Theory. These include increasing absolute poverty in various places.1 Rationale Re-thinking Property. Eventually it evolved into a clear-cut neo-liberal development paradigm. for a period of 40 years. This.• Conceptual research: Re-thinking Property Part I: Administrative Information 1. Privatization. Neo-liberal globalization is thus both a process/means and a phenomenon/end of worldwide homogenization. neo-liberal development together with globalization or neo-liberal globalization.1 Name: 1. Deconstructions/Reconstructions. Towards a conceptual framework enabling social transformation. is neo-liberal globalization. This is due to the evidence based on many pieces of research that under neo-liberal development there are numerous negative impacts. ever widening socio-economic disparity. Neo-liberal development has caused concerns among many groups of development practitioners and academics alike. deregulation. Towards a conceptual framework enabling social transformation 15 September 2010 12 months (15 Sept.2 Organization: 1. 20 . and GDP-driven economic development can be seen all over the world. Surat Horachaikul Faculty of Political Science.3 Title of Project: 1. environmental degradation caused by overexploitation of natural resources.4 Starting Date: 1. 2010–15 Sept. in the words of Jan Nederveen Pieterse . London 2001. though military conflicts and interstate wars are declining. we can see that the turning point towards neo-liberal development began in 1970’s when the US faced an economic crisis of stagflation (a high inflation rate coupled with a high unemployment rate). The crisis presented the opportunity for economists from the Chicago School lead by Milton Friedman to attack the mixed-market development idea leaning towards Keynesianism. has built up the status of an almost universal development pattern. prevention and treatment have not been able to forge collective cooperation amidst. and epidemics of infectious diseases. From empirical evidence. Currently. 2011) It is difficult to deny that the nations’ present development follows a similar direction as the stream emphasizing the economic growth dogma: the ‘neo-liberalism’ 8 paradigm. At the same time.5 Estimated Duration: 2. Jan Nederveen Pieterse. School for Wellbeing Re-thinking Property.

The new property regime thus covers both the ‘old’ properties familiar to most people and the ‘new’ properties as intellectual property. It therefore should be called the new property regime which also includes intellectual property rights. Without understanding property. While ‘common property’ 10 has nearly lost its meaning . Therefore studies about property regimes have to look into the dimension of international political economy. It is undeniable that throughout the global economic evolution which supports the neo-liberal development. For example in neo-liberal development. or an alternative. bilateralism. In the politico-economic situation of neo-liberal globalization. possession of property by private entities is seen as righteous. These societies are trying to find a balance between development extremes and create a contextualized development towards sustainability. Sustainability. However before making efforts to understand alternative 9 Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity. London 1992: Earth Democracy.are growing. The motivating alternative is a balance between capitalism and extreme socialism. the study of property is crucial since properties in the present day have wider boundaries than in the past. directly and indirectly. and multilateralism applied to scrutiny through various international agencies. including ‘designer seeds’ and a new regime called Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). These negative impacts have prompted people to look for a way out or an alternative to neo-liberal development. 2005. radical socialism. not only unfamiliar to many but also posing threats to humanity. but it also creates a fierce competition for property rights. are indicators of development regimes. It is as a result important to understand what property regimes these societies and communities have because this understanding will bring about realization of the attitudes and cultures in management of economy valuing sharing and not stressing only GDP growth rates. Numerous pieces of empirical evidence point to the USA as the creator and supporter of this regime. and principles of unilateralism. to property rights. Public property is emphasized in socialist regimes. Therefore it is not surprising that emphasis on private property not only leads to a push for turning almost everything into private properties. Vandana Shiva. Access to and possession of weapons of mass destruction become easier. Ulrich Beck. there still are societies and communities striving to hold on to the traditional development or create new development alternatives as a way out of neo-liberal development. Obvious examples of this are agriculture products. and Peace. a balance between the two ideologies. the search for the harmony of living together happily will not lead to completion. Justice. 9 All these actions are amounting to what Ulrich Beck calls the “Risk Society” . Because within either extreme capitalism. Because various approaches to possession. or a transformation to a society where an alternative is to be implemented. Those studies also reveal that this property regime connects profoundly to the profits of transnational corporations which are considered directly benefitting the USA. The new property regime inevitably relates to global politics. A new balance or alternative can only be achieved when the understanding of the concept of property is clear. 10 21 . Consequently the heart of development rests at the concept of property. the property regime is obviously the indication of the guiding development principle.

) The process of gaining recognition of the new property regime (4. These details should cover History of property regimes from liberalism to neo-liberalism (2. essential for a possible wellbeing society scenario. Examples are given in the list below: Name Perspective Human Rights approach Philosophy of Law.) The understanding of the new property regime or the neo-liberal property regime is necessary since it makes us appreciate the ideas and the challenges of alternative societies and communities challenged by a neo-liberal context. and the impacts on human wellbeing 2. it is absolutely necessary to grasp the details of the neoliberal property regime.) The impacts of the new property regime on human wellbeing (1. share their experiences and perspectives on how to define and re-think property: what changes in property regimes will be needed to support transformation towards sustainable and just development. fair to people and nature. diversity of legal systems and International Law The Neo-liberal paradigm. recognition of alternative concepts To explore pathways to the development of alternative property regimes.3 Scope of Research A number of scholars and practitioners (some from abroad) and some emerging groups are asked to write papers. corporate law in USA Co-operative Movement. The comprehension of conceptual and practical models of these communities will present a concrete pathway to development that is regimes.2 Objectives • • • To clarify how neo-liberalism emerged from liberalism and how neoliberal globalization influences current property regimes To analyze the conceptual foundations of the neo-liberal property regime. 2. and supportive to sharing towards a wellbeing society. lower in-justice. its emergence and present status The ‘commons’ movement Community forestry movement in Thailand Common property in Bhutan The Land Reform Movement in India Evolution of property regimes in China 22 .)The differences between old and new property regimes (3.

conceptual synthesis paper • Step 4: International conference ‘Re-thinking Property’ • Step 5: Building multi-media database (for year II and III).Intellectual property and ICT: the creative commons Property of living nature (seeds.(Book publication as part of multi-media project in year II) • International conference: co-sponsored • Multi-media database: material for multi-media project in year II and III 23 . year II and III Jul Sep Nov Jan Mar May Year II III Procedure Literature review and conceptual paper In depth interviews with experts and papers International conference Decoding and synthesizing process Multi-media database Methodology development Simulation game development *) to be adjusted to delayed start per 15 September 2010 2. including perceptions of wellbeing and happiness.5 Expected Outputs and Outcomes Outputs • Collection of papers and Synthesis Paper: “Re-thinking Property”. 2. ongoing • Step 6: Preparing simulation game through team process (for year II and III) Timeline*) (2010-2011: 12 months). species. methodology sharing seminar • Step 2: Data collection: in depth interviews with experts and series of papers • Step 3: Decoding and synthesizing process.4 Action Plan • Step 1: Literature review. genes): ethical considerations Property regimes and corresponding world views.

and technology enabling mass production which has pushed the rural-based. as well as by the neo-liberal property regime (land ownership. applying the Wellbeing Impact Assessment approach (to be developed) as a tool. using the ‘HIAand capital-approach’ as evaluation tool. This process of gathering evidence also will serve as an exercise to develop a ‘Wellbeing Impact Assessment’approach applicable to the Wellbeing Society scenario as a whole and comparison with other scenarios. The assumption is that within the agriculture sector ‘regenerative agriculture’ or the ‘organic agriculture movement’ contributes most to the realization of the ‘Wellbeing Society scenario’. despite growing migration to the mega-cities.• Decision making simulation game: contribution to design process from the perspective of producing educational material and new ICT-supported interactive learning approaches for political science studies at various levels Outcomes • New perspectives on common. strategic initiatives and best practices are identified that carry a promise towards bridging the urban-rural divide (conflict of interest can be transcended by common purpose and adjustments of lifestyle) and therefore to the articulation and realization of the wellbeing scenario. seeds. technology. This assumption will be tested by providing evidence based on comparison of various seed technologies. specialized knowledge and intellectual property). An attempt will be made to produce a ‘balance sheet’ of urban and rural contributions to the Wellbeing Society scenario. private and public property as foundation for development towards a ‘wellbeing society’ scenario • Overview of academic views and governance practices regarding property regimes and the way these influence wellbeing • Action-research: Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Rationale for selection of ‘Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide’ as a major theme of the Wellbeing Society Scenario project • The urban-industrial complex is characterized by application of materialist science and reductionism. even though at least still half of the population in Thailand is living in rural settings. fertility. Even the agriculture sector is now almost completely defined by industrial applications. • • Selection of ‘organic agriculture movement’ and ICT ‘creative commons’ as strategic impulses towards innovating ‘urban-rural bridges’ and towards social transformation • Both within the agriculture and industrial sectors. More in depth information on ICT ‘creative commons’ and related urban • • 24 . human-scale economies and culture to a minority position.

Sustainable Agriculture: a Trend towards Community Interest Companies? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Part I: Administrative Information 1.1 Researchers: 1.6 Duration: Part II Project Description Rationale The Green Revolution after the World War II has changed the production pattern. During Year II in particular by means of a series of sessions of a simulation game.4 Title of Project: 1. But these achievements have to be traded off with the deterioration of natural resources and the environment as well as higher social (and cultural) costs. Increased productivity in the agricultural sector helped us initially towards better achievements on food security.2 Organization: 1. it will be experimented how these groups can influence decision making while interacting with a broader group of actors representing the three basic stakeholder categories: governments. business sector and civil society.• • movements will be gathered by interviews and workshops with independent persons.2 Project’s Advisor: 1. These factors together put into question whether food security is guaranteed in the long term.5 Starting Date: 1. And how (agriculture and ICT) services and products can be catered to the real needs of urban and rural populations in pilot models of an economy of sharing. market system and consumption behaviours world wide including Thailand. Buddhina Nuntavorakarn Duangjai Rungrojcharoenkit Decharut Sukkumnoed Healthy Public Policy Foundation (HPPF) Sustainable Agriculture: a Trend towards Community Interest Companies?” 15 September 2010 12 months (15 September 2010– August 2011) 25 . Consumers are confronted with the higher risks of chemical contamination in their food. Farmers could not harvest the benefit of increased yields as expected while they are pushed into the debt-cycle leading to poverty and poor health. Action-research: Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Sub-Proposal (1) Organic Farmers as Social Entrepreneurs. groups and networks that operate along these lines. It will be explored how these initiatives can be brought together in platforms like the Thai Green Market Network in order to formulate common interest in realizing the vision of a Wellbeing Society.

"A review of trends in health impact assessment and the nature of the evidence used. 2000. Therefore. health capital management is an essential skill encouraging farmer to step out from the debt cycle and to move into the organic world. According to the research titled “CEO of the Field: Health impact assessment of the transition to sustainable agriculture” by Duangjai Rungrojcharoenkit and Buddhina Nuntavorakarn. and environment development. there are several efforts to support farmers in reaching that goal and the development of Community Interest Companies (CIC) as proposed by the researchers is one of such efforts." Journal of Environmental Management and Health. the emergence of the “CIC-approach” may become a factor of hope in strengthening the sustainable agriculture movement. This research project aims to decode the concept and experiences of CIC’s taking up a significant role in bridging farmers and consumers interests through various approaches to innovative marketing and capital management such as strategies in mobilizing capitals. nature capital. However. physical capital. it seemed that few farmers could successfully manage their capitals towards a balance of socioeconomic. the sustainable agriculture movement is not (yet) strong enough to re-direct mainstream agricultural development at both farm and policy levels. degradation of ecosystem and less self reliance. 2002. With obvious evidence on adverse impacts of chemical agriculture such as poor health. and mobilizing these capitals helps the farmers pass through socio-economic difficulties during the transition period towards organic agriculture production and marketing. At the same time. The aim of the proposed “CIC-approach” is to encourage small scale farmers to take up the role as social entrepreneurs who can manage the complexity of health (in the broad sense of well-being) capitals in productive and effective ways. CIC’s are working closely with market and consumers leading to the expansion of environmentally and socially responsible consumers-networks. sustainable agricultural practices have gradually been accepted by some farmers and civil servants as alternative to unhealthy modes of production. financial capital and social capital . according to the research. Therefore providing them with organic agriculture skills is not enough to support them adequately. resource allocation etc. and in the ‘green marketing’ of their products. The “CICapproach” aspires to be a key mechanism towards bridging producers and consumers interests through ‘mindful market’ efforts. Although.In the late 1970’s. This finding addresses the challenge that the role of farmers has to be regenerated not only as the producer but also as the entrepreneur who highly pays attention to risk management. are the skills of managing capitals for health ~ including human 11 capital.H. This research will explore how the “CICapproach” can encourage farmers and consumers in tackling their constraints which 11 Birley. M. Martin Birley was one of the authors of the Report of the World Commission on Dams Dams and Development a new framework for decision making. the movement of sustainable and organic agriculture was formed in Thai society by NGOs with the belief that it would be a solution helping farmers from the vicious cycle of chemical agriculture. 26 . Recently. What is needed. The skills of assessing. Attention will be given to the use of ICT-applications in ‘green marketing’ efforts. cost effective investment in tackling their own constraints. farmers have limited capital (defined in a multi-dimensional perpective) due to socio-economic pressures.

To assess whether sustainable agriculture is the best option under the socio. The development path of sustainable agriculture at present is given less confidence due to the concerns on food security in a short term perspective. To synthesize findings as critical input for a new model of property regime moving toward well-being society 27 . hybrid. this may induce changes at the policy level. Therefore. In addition.then will lead to healthy supply chains as a consequence. When such a concrete movement in sustainable agriculture at operation level will emerge. the adaptation in the severe environment like global warming and the productive sector boosting economic growth. hybrid and GMOs usually do not fully take into account ‘externalities’ (costs not directly visible) and inherent value unveiled by the ‘multiple capital’ approach as in HIA. The findings from the decoding of “CIC” best practices and HIA of Seed Technologies will be an input for the research team in designing the model of property regime which liberate the society from the dominance of neo liberalism. GMO’s and farm-saved seeds with the aims to address the positive and negative consequences of applying each technology. Objectives 1. The results of this assessment will be applied as important input for decision makers in formulating healthy agriculture policies. the survival in terms of self finance will be synthesized. this research will conduct Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of a variety of seeding technologies such as conventional. And well-being policies in general. This will lead to the assessment and consequent recommendations for the practical realization of the “CIC-approach” in Thai society. The expected outcome of new concept of property regime is recognized as critical mechanism to move toward well-being economy. To decode the capital management of Community Interest Company (CIC) recognized as a key mechanism accelerating the transition from chemical to sustainable agriculture and the expansion of socially and environmentally responsible consumers-networks 2. To adapt the perspective of Health Impact Assessment towards the initiative of Well-being Impact Assessment in relation to efforts to bridging the urban-rural divide 4. Comparisons between sustainable agriculture and ‘agrobusiness’ technologies such as conventional farming. including the aim of bridging the urban-rural divide.economic and environmental challenges through applying Health Impact Assessment of Seed Technologies as case study 3.

. resulting in increased food security and better livelihood of small-scale farmers Challenges Challenges at operational level • Socio-economic pressure on small-scale farmers • The weakness of socially and environmentally responsible consumers Concerns • Is sustainable agriculture a practical option under the socio-economic pressures and dynamics? Mechanism Goal Input for the model of property regime and bridging the urban-rural divide toward the WellBeing Society ‘CIC-approach’ bridging consumers and small scale farmers • 12 Case Studies Decoding Issues • Social goal and mission of CIC’s • Multi-capital management achieving the social goal and the survival of independent CIC’s • Outcome of CIC in the supply chain: empowered farmers and socially and environmentally responsible consumers (+role of ICT) 28 Output • The missing link in the supply chain supporting sustainable agriculture movement • The catalysts promoting CIC in Thai society especially CIC in the sustainable agriculture movement.Conceptual Framework Challenges at policy level • Environmental challenges like global warming • Socio-economic pressures under intensified capitalism Concerns • Food security (well-being of consumers) • The survival of small scale farmers HIA of Rice Seed Technologies • Conventional. GMO’s and Farm saved seeds Impact Assessment • Economic security in terms of productivity • Social security in terms of social structure • Environmental security in terms of efficient use of resources Output • Evidence as critical input for the direction of agriculture policies. Hybrid.

Aug 2011: 12 months) Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Apr Jun Aug Procedures Literature review HIA Training Data collection: In depth interview and HIA field work Decoding and synthesizing process Database Preparation Input for Game Simulation Key Informants assumed to represent best practices of the “CIC approach” CIC developed from NGO’s 1. Chiangmai CIC developed from the private sector 4. Phoonpithak Luengsriorn Sanamchaiket. Wallapa van Willenswaard 3. Somboon Srisubut Organic Farmer Network. Vitoon Panyakul 2. Bangkok Suan Nguen Mee Ma. Chumporn 12. Raweewan Srithong CSA. Bangkok CIC developed from community networks 8. Waritsorn Rakpun Chumporn Cabana. Sakhonnakorn 7. Chachoengsao 10. Santi Asoke. Klaew Boonrod Phon Yang Kham Coooperatives. Thamrong Saengsuriyachan Organic Farming Network of Thailand. Chumporn 11. Chomchuan Boonrahong Green Net. Amphorn Thanikrut Community Network on Agro-tourism. Kanjanaburi 5. Yuthakarn Makpun Khamsad Resort. Yasothorn 29 .Action Plan • • • • • Step 1: Literature review Step 2: Data collection: in depth interviews and HIA field work Step 3: Decoding and synthesizing process Step 4: Database preparation Step 5: Input for Game Simulation through expert dialogues Timeline (Sep. Chumporn CIC developed from peoples organizations 6. Bangkok: Green Market Network ISAC. 2010. Vijit Boonsoong Fair Trade Organic Rice Network. Suphanburi 9.

Case studies (HIA of Seed Technologies) Conventional Seed Hybrid Seed Farm Saved Seed GMO Seed Rice Department and Farmers in Pathumthani Farmers in Khampangpetch Kao Kwan Foundation. Suphanburi Rice Department 2. • The policy proposal advocating healthy agricultural policy • The approach applying HIA in the initiative of Well-being Impact Assessment 30 .6 Expected Outputs and Outcomes Outputs • Paper on “Health Impact Assessment of Rice Seed Technologies” • Paper on “Community Interest Company: Decoding capital management to strengthen sustainable agriculture movement Outcomes • Strengthen Community Interest Company as critical mechanism in sustainable agriculture movement.

However.1 Rationale This section of the proposal on the Well-Being Society scenario project focuses on the role played by information and communication technologies (ICT’s) for development. broadband technology is introduced to Thailand but the population in general are not exactly ready for it? Simply giving the people a mobile phone connected to the Internet or notebook computers would not magically create an 12 Telecommunications and Economic Growth Qiang. For example. Most policy proposals regarding ICT’s and development tend to subscribe to technological determinism. Christine Zhen-Wei. the technological determinists believe that providing technologies is sufficient in causing economic development. Research Assistant Center for Ethics of Science and Technology. many studies have shown that it is far too simple to maintain that technological infusion alone will result in economic development. The thinking behind this is that technology determines development. Many factors are always involved which are difficult to predict and fully control. which argues that there will be as much as 1. A recent study by the World Bank. What would happen if. Chulalongkorn University (CEST) ICT and Wellbeing Policy 15 September 2010 12 months (15 Sept. especially as they are concerned with what is known as ‘sustainable’ development as well as the philosophies behind His Majesty the King of Thailand’s “Sufficiency Economic Principles” and Bhutan’s “Gross National Happiness” programs. It is undeniable that ICT’s are playing very important roles in our lives nowadays. The question is how to harness the power of the technologies for real and lasting benefits to the world’s population. the level of education. 2011) Part II Project Description 2. for example. unpublished paper) 31 . which argues that the direction of development is a function of technological infusion and development within the area where the development is to take place. is a case in point .3 percent increase in economic growth rate if broadband internet 12 technologies are introduced to a country. awareness and acceptance of technology by the population is also very important.Action-research: Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Sub-Proposal (2) ICT and Wellbeing Policy ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Part I: Administrative Information • • • • • Names: Organization: Title of Project: Starting Date: Duration: Soraj Hongladarom Parkpume Vanichaka. 2009 (World Bank. 2010–15 Sept. In other words.

For there are many more dimensions of “development” than just wealth accumulation. a re-think and dialogue are necessary. mature economy. The economist Amartya Sen is of the same idea when he introduces the notion of the “capabilities approach” which measures economic growth and well-being in terms of realization of human potentials. It will identify the factors that are involved in creating the gap and suggest ways to combat them. In order to create a more well-rounded perspective of development. one that promotes their “well being” rather than mere accumulation of wealth? The project proposes to answer this question through a research program and a series of activities described below. what can the technologies do in order to effect the kind of more well rounded development of human society and individuals. Certainly material wealth and its limited access is one factor in that vision. Furthermore. There needs then to be a study that investigates these contextual factors so that the path from technology to development is a workable one. 2. The ideas behind the alternative development concepts of Thailand and Bhutan are that simply accumulation of wealth and material gain by themselves should not be taken as the goal of development. even though technological infusion alone is not enough. More specifically. the proposed project here aims at providing policy recommendations that will bridge the existing gap between the rural and urban areas in Thailand. but it is clearly not wealth alone.advanced. what a human being could be in accordance with his or her vision of what humans could indeed become in a situation of perfect freedom. In other words.2 Objectives • To engage in research designed to answer the question of how best information and communication technologies could foster visions of alternative development in Thailand and Bhutan aiming at goals that go beyond mere economic growth To become a part in the overall project of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research and contribute to positioning it as an independent think tank Exploring the possibilities (with the support of information and communication technologies applied by groups who pioneer ‘social networking’ and ‘open sourcing’) of developing a multi-media project recording a decision making simulation game that clarifies the impact of choices for well-being driven policy alternatives To provide workable and effective policy recommendations to stakeholders including local and national authorities on ICT policy and policy development in related areas • • • 2.3 Best practices 32 . the project will identify other factors which when added to the technology will result in information and communication technologies become sufficient for the desired development. Hence the main question for the project here is: Given the power and ubiquity of information and communication technologies in today’s world. the issue of development itself is also contentious. Capabilities are construed in terms of the freedoms people have reason to value limited by the choices they can make in reality.

Chulalongkorn University Thai PBS/Thailand Change Thailand Creative Commons P2P Foundation Suan Nguen Mee Ma publishers Social Venture Network Budika Non Violent Peace network Paul Hawken (author of Blessed Unrest) initiated database and website New Economics Foundation (nef) Roger Torrenti Sigma Oriones (France). in achieving the benefit of wellbeing driven development.A number of successful social entrepreneurs and civil networks as well as some emerging groups in the ICT and media sector (including some foreign groups) are resource persons sharing their experiences and the perspectives on how to manage ethical and participatory ICT as well as common intellectual property practices.4 Action Plan 33 . Some examples: Name Soraj Hongladarom Pattarasinee Bhattarakosol Organization Center for Ethics of Science and Technology. Paradiso project Wikiprogress of OECD Michel Bauwens 2.

• • • • • Step 1: Literature review. Report: “ICT and media supporting participatory Well-Being policy development” 2. ongoing Step 5: Preparing simulation game through team process (for year II and III) Procedure Literature review and report Data collection: In depth interviews Decoding and synthesizing process Multi-media database HIA Methodology development Simulation game development Timeline *) (2010-2011: 12 months). Strengthen the movement of ‘creative commons’ as a leading factor of a ‘Well-Being Society’ scenario 2. paper Step 4: Building multi-media database (for year II and III). meetings and e-networking Step 3: Decoding and synthesizing process. focused on the Well-Being society scenario 34 . year II and III Jul Sep Nov Jan Mar May Year II III *) to be adjusted to delayed start per 15 September 2010 2. Simulation game approach: draft of working procedures and pooling of expertise to involve Outcomes 1.5 Expected Outputs and Outcomes Outputs 1. methodology sharing seminar Step 2: Data collection: in depth interviews. Policy recommendations on how best to utilize ICT for economic and well being development 3. Multi-media database: material for multi-media project in year II and III 3. Initiating and guiding a development process towards a simulation ‘decision making’ game in which the impact of scenarios can be compared.

Patron • H. wellbeing and quality of life. Ministry of Information and Communication Karma Tshiteem. Gross National Happiness Commission Lam Gembo Dorji. Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation.E. By common effort the School for Wellbeing offers a creative learning space for a diversity of stakeholders inducing cross-cultural studies in happiness. The School for Wellbeing nurtures an evidence-based research-platform guided by ‘critical holism’ in order to explore alternative development paradigms. Faculty of Political Science. Bhutan Dean. Editor. Thailand Advisors (Bhutan) • • • • • • Dasho Kinley Dorji. Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan Executive Committee • • • Dasho Karma Ura. It enables (young) researchers to undertake related actionresearch initiatives. Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation 35 . Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aum Sangay Zangmo. Centre for Bhutan Studies. Founder. Foreign Secretary of Bhutan. The focus of the School for Wellbeing is on empowering people who are engaged in a much needed shift towards wellbeing-driven public policy development. Kuensel Corporation Advisors (Thailand) • Sulak Sivaraksa. Chulalongkorn University. Jigmi Y. Secretary. Ministry of Education Phuntsho Wangdi.The ‘School for Wellbeing’ is an independent think-tank being shaped by an international network of dedicated academics from diverse disciplines. Dratshang Lhentshog. primarily inspired by the concept of Gross National Happiness. practitioners and policy makers. Secretary. Central Monastic Body Daw Penjo. Thailand President. President. Secretary. Thinley.

France/Indonesia • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Management Committee • • • • • • Surat Horachaikul – Director. Sewalanka Foundation and International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). Foundation on Future Farming. Bandung 55.E. Silapakorn University Ven. Chulalongkorn University Wallapa van Willenswaard-Kuntiranont – Co-Manager. Canada Satish Kumar. Faculty of Political Science. Abbot Wat Pa Sukkhato Dr. Australia/Ladakh/Sweden Shen Hao. Islamic Forum on Peace and Human Security. Indonesia Ross MacDonald. Managing Director. LLC. ISEC and Global Ecovillage Network. Chairman Pranda Group. Germany Helena Norberg Hodge.• • • • • • H. Centre for Bhutan Studies 36 . Universite Le Havre. USA Ronald Colman./India Susan Andrews. Rector. Naropa University. New Zealand Nic Marks. former Ambassador. Assistant Professor. U. Centre for Bhutan Studies Sangay Thinley – Researcher. Uthai Dulyakasem. New Economics Foundation (nef). Kansai University. PADETC. Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise (Garden of Fruition). independent development expert. Centre Lebret. Positive Psychology Services.K. former Professor. Navdanya and Bija Vidyapeeth. Jean Timsit. Professor Surichai Wung’aeo. Council Member. Advisor Social Venture Network Asia (Thailand) Assoc. Senior Researcher. Department of International Relations. USA/the Netherlands Robert Biswas-Diener. Chulalongkorn University Advisors (International) • • Vandana Shiva. Centre for Wellbeing. Surapong Jayanama. University of California. Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation Somboon Chungprampree – Co-Manager. Chulalongkorn University Vira Somboon. lawyer/photographer. Japan Jan Nederveen Pieterse. Dhammananda Bhikkuni. Director Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Sri Lanka Cheah Vannath. Director Saranrom Institute for Foreign Affairs (SIFA) Phra Paisal Visalo. Thammasat University Prida Tiasuwan. Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation.K. Assistant Professor.R. U. Hawaii. India Peter Hershock. Cambodia Sombath Somphone. P. East-West Centre. University of Auckland. Brazil/USA Benedikt Haerlin. USA Harsha Navaratne. Schumacher College and Resurgence. Santa Barbara. Buddhasavika Foundation. 21st Century News Group. Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada (GPIAtlantic). Faculty of Political Science. Spirit in Education Movement Dorji Penjore – Co-Manager. Director. China Judith Simmer-Brown. Instituto Visao Futuro. France Takayoshi Kusago. USA Darwis Khudori. Laos Habib Chirzin.

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Summary past. followed by meetings in Vientiane. Laos. Dasho Karma Ura. Stiglitz and a panel of leading Thai economists. Roger Torrenti. Thailand – November 2007 The third GNH conference (“GNH3”) followed the first International Conference on Gross National Happiness in Thimphu. papers. September 2004. 39 . Vietnam. Canada. February 2004. training. Phom Phen. Nongkhai and Bangkok. Ronald Colman. present and future activities • Third International Conference on Gross National Happiness. Bhutan. Visiting foreign teachers: Ven. John Hall and others. and a Mekong region conference in 2006. It was a research-development project of 18 months including workshops. June 2005. and the second conference in Nova Scotia. Sponsor of activities in Thailand: TRF • ThaiWellbeing project (Suan Nguen Mee Ma publishers) Translation of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission Report into Thai language (executive and popular versions) and subsequent World Café dialogues on ‘genuine progress’ in Thailand Major sponsor: ThaiHealth • SIFA Public Dialogue series. and Hanoi. public speeches. • GNH Movement project The follow-up project to the GNH3 conference was titled GNH Movement project. GNH3 was preceded by and International Seminar in the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Cambodia. international exchanges and publications. June 2009 – September 2010 The first groundbreaking public speech and dialogue was held in August 2009 with Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph E. Major sponsors: Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and ThaiHealth/TGLIP • Well-Being Society scenario project The present project resulted from the GNH Movement project and will have a duration of 3 years. Mattieu Ricard.

Vandana Shiva – with launching of the Thai edition of her book Earth Democracy – and Helena Norberg Hodge.In 2010 a series of dialogues successfully took place with Dr. November 2010 – March 2011 and ongoing Module (in English) on Happiness and Wellbeing at the Faculty of Political Science. Robert Biswas-Diener. June – September 2010. Chulalongkorn University developed and conducted by Surat Horachaikul Major sponsor: Chulalongkorn University Chart from final report GNH movement project: Proposed Communication Strategy: Tri 40 . Department of International Relations. Organized by the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research Major sponsor: SIFA • Readings in International Relations. Dr.

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