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Well-Being Society scenario project

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

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

Introduction
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.

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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

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

(the state) regimes. including traditional forms of cooperative business. However the original impulse evolved towards a restrictive government-driven system. 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. Bhutan launched its Gross National Happiness philosophy as a new development paradigm. often maintained from far and anonymously.In Africa Julius Nyerere induced co-operatives nation-wide in Tanzania. 3 As stated by H. Whether it really can make a difference will be determined within a 3 decade . 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. though not at all ignoring the urgent need for ‘economic justice’. Socio-political crisis-ridden Thailand’s struggle to comply with sufficiency economy. Assessing and re-thinking Food Security policies provide a challenging framework for this exercise. Best practices gathered in the framework of this project from both agriculture and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) undertakings. In order to facilitate countries and above all civil societies to determine their own unique mix of development philosophy and economic theory guiding practice. may as much emerge from efforts to bridging the urban-rural divide. Thailand is exploring avenues – beyond ritual – towards a genuine sufficiency economy and since the political crisis of May 2010. While the inspiration towards ‘endogenous development’. and the positive charisma surrounding the newly constituted democracy Bhutan with its Gross National Happiness. from a possible ‘third scenario’: the wellbeing society. A new development paradigm. The relevant pioneering minority in agriculture being the organic agriculture movement. no longer can escape from facing the challenge to bridging the gap between rich and poor. Thinley of Bhutan at several occasions. it is important to give the ‘wellbeing society’ a stronger. as from focusing on ‘wealth distribution’. as pioneered by Joseph Ki-Zerbo in Burkina Faso. transformative. 6 . In traditional. Nearly all over the world natural resources are governed by private property(individuals and corporates) or public property. was marginalized. 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. Prime Minister Jigmi Y. intrinsic values. And within the world of ICT this is the ‘creative commons’ approach. profile. 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.E. however. 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.

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

The simulated decision making process can possibly be shared with the public.Participatory decision making in policy development can be exercised by modes of simulation games with backing of academic research. 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. including by means of social networking. The design. and beyond mere intellectual exchange. ‘The School’ intends to be an independent think-tank in this field. 8 . The School for Wellbeing Studies and Research aims to provide a platform for exchanges and debate on wellbeing-driven policy development. forecasting the impacts of alternate decisions.

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

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

based on academic evidence and 11 .• Coordination and Synthesis. The Coordination Team intends to innovate conceptual and action-research progress towards new insights and experimentation. Social Innovation The Coordination Team will be responsible for aligning the various research projects and to enable synthesis. 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.

The HIA. In order to find windows towards ‘re-setting’ the economy as the backbone of the future wellbeing society. Academic evidence will be gathered (within the limitations of this project) guided by the Health Impact Assessment (HIA). • Coordination and Synthesis. 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”. 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. and critique on GDP as a misleading measurement of wellbeing. and how insights can help to bridging this divide. Social Innovation 12 . The comparison will focus on ‘Re-thinking Property’ and ‘Bridging the UrbanRural Divide’ as two critical factors defining the Well-Being Society scenario. and is at present overruled by a neo-liberal monoculture of private property claims. 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. 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. However. 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.approach will be gradually developed towards a Well-Being Assessment approach. ‘the commons’ (Vandana Shiva). contentment and altruism as manifestations of happiness or wellbeing (Amartya Sen. A leading traditional notion of property. A further rationale for selection of the theme ‘Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide’ for this research project is provided in that section.forecasting. 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.approach. indicators to monitor it like Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is a challenging research question whether and in what ways property regimes correlate with the perceived urban-rural divide. 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. mainly as an obstacle for transformation towards sustainable development.

coordinated by the Project Management. Coalition School for Wellbeing coalition of research groups • • • • Faculty of Political Science. Process Coordinator Patcharee Chonmamat.2 Organization: 1. Part II: Project Description 13 .4 Starting Date: 1.5 Duration: 1. first stage one year (15 Sept. while Research Assistants to be appointed will meet one day every two weeks. Co-Manager School 1. Chulalongkorn University (CEST) Healthy Public Policy Foundation (HPPF) Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise – Project Management. Chulalongkorn University Centre for Ethics of Science and Technology. 2010–15 Sept. on behalf of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research The Researchers (supervisors) of each group will meet bi-monthly.1.Part I: Administrative Information 1. School for Wellbeing Studies and Research. Project Management on behalf of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research Wellbeing Society Scenario project 15 Septemeber 2010 3 years. Project Director Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise.6. Project Coordinator Hans van Willenswaard.3 Title of Project: 1. for Wellbeing Studies and Research Jarin Boonmathya. 2011) Names: Wallapa van Willenswaard.

To prepare dissemination in phase 3.K. With input from the GNH Index as developed by the Centre for Bhutan Studies. 2. To support development of a Wellbeing Impact Assessment approach. 3. U. coordinate and synthesize in-depth conceptual. 1. Activating a network to construct and assess a Wellbeing Society scenario and comparing the impacts to neo-liberal and socialist scenarios.Coordination and Synthesis. To guide. 4. [The multi-media project to be implemented in phase 2 and 3]. To improve public participation in giving direction to the development of Thailand ~ enabled by articulation of the ‘wellbeing society scenario’ ~. Social Innovation 2. 5. in the perspective national reform efforts and international movements to shape sustainable and just development. taking experiences with the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and capital approach (Decharut Sukkumnoed) as the starting point. 6. New Economics Foundation (nef).3 Conceptual Framework Process Development 14 .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. 2. and other agencies.1 Rationale See pages 5-8 2. Bhutan. 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.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). and towards National Wellbeing Accounting by the Centre for Wellbeing. in particular in the perspective of capacity building and transformative learning. To evaluate and share the lessons learned from this exercise.

capacity building.1. 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. 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. Social Innovation 1. ICT and Wellbeing policy development Dialogue. Conceptual Research Re-thinking Property 2. The simulation is presented as a media event and educational tool. dissemination Production of Simulation Game for educational purpose and public distribution Curriculum Development Coordination and Synthesis. Synthesis and Advanced Research 2. Best practices Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide 2. Regenerative Organic Agriculture 2.2.The scenario is developed and tested by simulation.4 Activities 15 .

and extend it with new stakeholder representatives and expertise. coorganizing events and exchanging research results. wellbeing. civil society sectors) and monitoring Experts in transformative education. Overview of examples: Name Patron. 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.Where relevant together with the Researchers. business. Preparations will be made to make the step from exchanges and exploration to exercising informed decision making by simulation. In a joint effort the ‘wellbeing society scenario’ will be given profile in comparison with other scenarios. Sweden World Social Forum World Economic Forum Thai and international experts on scenario writing (government. Partners and Advisors. participation in seminars and conferences. in particular working with simulation games and role play 16 . By undertaking interviews and organizing an innovation process. the Coordination Team will intensify the network build-up as a result of the GNH Movement project. Germany Right Livelihood Award. happiness World Future Council.

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. organizing conference on GNH Movement project results and on Wellbeing Society scenario assumptions and project aspirations • Step 4: Networking.5 Action Plan • Step 1: Arrangements for Project Management. Wellbeing Impact Assessment Simulation game development Timeline*) (2010-2011: 12 months). October 2010 International conference ‘Rethinking Property’ (co-financed) Multi-media database. 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. participation in seminars and conferences. 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 . interviews and workshops with stakeholders Decoding and synthesizing process Conference: Wellbeing Society in Thailand. 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. and Coordination with researchers. final report in June 2011. website HIA Methodology.2. refining wellbeing society scenario assumptions. interviews and workshops with experts and stakeholders • Step 5: Building multi-media database (for year II and III).

future research. 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. 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. social networking.v. t. international) of School for Wellbeing Studies and Research: continuous contribution as an independent think tank towards reconciliation. Conferences and Dialogues: at the beginning of the first and second year conferences will be organized to share results and research questions.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. operational team for multimedia programme (publications. 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. strengthening informed decision-making towards wellbeing • 18 . 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. social transformation and the shaping of a sustainable and just society New tools for capacity building and participation in public policy development.2. 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.

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.

is neo-liberal globalization.5 Estimated Duration: 2. 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. 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).4 Starting Date: 1.3 Title of Project: 1. 2010–15 Sept. deregulation. in the words of Jan Nederveen Pieterse . Eventually it evolved into a clear-cut neo-liberal development paradigm. 20 . neo-liberal development together with globalization or neo-liberal globalization. and GDP-driven economic development can be seen all over the world. Surat Horachaikul Faculty of Political Science. though military conflicts and interstate wars are declining. This is due to the evidence based on many pieces of research that under neo-liberal development there are numerous negative impacts. From empirical evidence. prevention and treatment have not been able to forge collective cooperation amidst. At the same time.• Conceptual research: Re-thinking Property Part I: Administrative Information 1.2 Organization: 1. 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.1 Rationale Re-thinking Property. School for Wellbeing Re-thinking Property. ever widening socio-economic disparity.1 Name: 1. peoples’ conflicts 8 Development Theory. Neo-liberal globalization is thus both a process/means and a phenomenon/end of worldwide homogenization. Towards a conceptual framework enabling social transformation. for a period of 40 years. Currently. Towards a conceptual framework enabling social transformation 15 September 2010 12 months (15 Sept. These include increasing absolute poverty in various places. and epidemics of infectious diseases. Privatization. London 2001. Deconstructions/Reconstructions. This. Neo-liberal development has caused concerns among many groups of development practitioners and academics alike. environmental degradation caused by overexploitation of natural resources. has built up the status of an almost universal development pattern. Jan Nederveen Pieterse.

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

2.2 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. fair to people and nature.property regimes. recognition of alternative concepts To explore pathways to the development of alternative property regimes. diversity of legal systems and International Law The Neo-liberal paradigm. essential for a possible wellbeing society scenario.) The impacts of the new property regime on human wellbeing (1. These details should cover History of property regimes from liberalism to neo-liberalism (2. 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. and the impacts on human wellbeing 2.)The differences between old and new property regimes (3. and supportive to sharing towards a wellbeing society. 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 sustainable. lower in-justice.3 Scope of Research A number of scholars and practitioners (some from abroad) and some emerging groups are asked to write papers. Examples are given in the list below: Name Perspective Human Rights approach Philosophy of Law. it is absolutely necessary to grasp the details of the neoliberal property regime.) The process of gaining recognition of the new property regime (4.) 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. 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 .

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. ongoing • Step 6: Preparing simulation game through team process (for year II and III) Timeline*) (2010-2011: 12 months). conceptual synthesis paper • Step 4: International conference ‘Re-thinking Property’ • Step 5: Building multi-media database (for year II and III). species.(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 . methodology sharing seminar • Step 2: Data collection: in depth interviews with experts and series of papers • Step 3: Decoding and synthesizing process.Intellectual property and ICT: the creative commons Property of living nature (seeds. genes): ethical considerations Property regimes and corresponding world views. including perceptions of wellbeing and happiness.4 Action Plan • Step 1: Literature review. 2.5 Expected Outputs and Outcomes Outputs • Collection of papers and Synthesis Paper: “Re-thinking Property”.

technology. 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. seeds. fertility. applying the Wellbeing Impact Assessment approach (to be developed) as a tool. This assumption will be tested by providing evidence based on comparison of various seed technologies. 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. specialized knowledge and intellectual property). Even the agriculture sector is now almost completely defined by industrial applications. An attempt will be made to produce a ‘balance sheet’ of urban and rural contributions to the Wellbeing Society scenario. human-scale economies and culture to a minority position. as well as by the neo-liberal property regime (land ownership. even though at least still half of the population in Thailand is living in rural settings. and technology enabling mass production which has pushed the rural-based. 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. using the ‘HIAand capital-approach’ as evaluation tool. 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’. 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. More in depth information on ICT ‘creative commons’ and related urban • • 24 . • • 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.

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. 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. 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.4 Title of Project: 1. 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. These factors together put into question whether food security is guaranteed in the long term. 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 .2 Project’s Advisor: 1.2 Organization: 1. business sector and civil society. 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.5 Starting Date: 1. Action-research: Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Sub-Proposal (1) Organic Farmers as Social Entrepreneurs. 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. Increased productivity in the agricultural sector helped us initially towards better achievements on food security.• • movements will be gathered by interviews and workshops with independent persons. Consumers are confronted with the higher risks of chemical contamination in their food. market system and consumption behaviours world wide including Thailand. groups and networks that operate along these lines. Sustainable Agriculture: a Trend towards Community Interest Companies? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Part I: Administrative Information 1.1 Researchers: 1.

This research will explore how the “CICapproach” can encourage farmers and consumers in tackling their constraints which 11 Birley. the sustainable agriculture movement is not (yet) strong enough to re-direct mainstream agricultural development at both farm and policy levels. 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. According to the research titled “CEO of the Field: Health impact assessment of the transition to sustainable agriculture” by Duangjai Rungrojcharoenkit and Buddhina Nuntavorakarn. Although. and in the ‘green marketing’ of their products. 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. Therefore providing them with organic agriculture skills is not enough to support them adequately. and mobilizing these capitals helps the farmers pass through socio-economic difficulties during the transition period towards organic agriculture production and marketing. M. the emergence of the “CIC-approach” may become a factor of hope in strengthening the sustainable agriculture movement.In the late 1970’s. Therefore. 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. "A review of trends in health impact assessment and the nature of the evidence used. sustainable agricultural practices have gradually been accepted by some farmers and civil servants as alternative to unhealthy modes of production. physical capital. and environment development. With obvious evidence on adverse impacts of chemical agriculture such as poor health." Journal of Environmental Management and Health. according to the research. At the same time. are the skills of managing capitals for health ~ including human 11 capital. 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. cost effective investment in tackling their own constraints. degradation of ecosystem and less self reliance. it seemed that few farmers could successfully manage their capitals towards a balance of socioeconomic. health capital management is an essential skill encouraging farmer to step out from the debt cycle and to move into the organic world. The “CICapproach” aspires to be a key mechanism towards bridging producers and consumers interests through ‘mindful market’ efforts. The skills of assessing. 26 . financial capital and social capital . 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. farmers have limited capital (defined in a multi-dimensional perpective) due to socio-economic pressures. resource allocation etc. CIC’s are working closely with market and consumers leading to the expansion of environmentally and socially responsible consumers-networks. Recently. Attention will be given to the use of ICT-applications in ‘green marketing’ efforts. However. 2002. nature capital. 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.H. What is needed. 2000.

To assess whether sustainable agriculture is the best option under the socio.economic and environmental challenges through applying Health Impact Assessment of Seed Technologies as case study 3. this research will conduct Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of a variety of seeding technologies such as conventional.then will lead to healthy supply chains as a consequence. this may induce changes at the policy level. The results of this assessment will be applied as important input for decision makers in formulating healthy agriculture policies. When such a concrete movement in sustainable agriculture at operation level will emerge. 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. To synthesize findings as critical input for a new model of property regime moving toward well-being society 27 . the survival in terms of self finance will be synthesized. Comparisons between sustainable agriculture and ‘agrobusiness’ technologies such as conventional farming. Therefore. 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. And well-being policies in general. the adaptation in the severe environment like global warming and the productive sector boosting economic growth. The expected outcome of new concept of property regime is recognized as critical mechanism to move toward well-being economy. GMO’s and farm-saved seeds with the aims to address the positive and negative consequences of applying each technology. 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 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. This will lead to the assessment and consequent recommendations for the practical realization of the “CIC-approach” in Thai society. Objectives 1. 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. including the aim of bridging the urban-rural divide. In addition. hybrid.

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. Hybrid.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.

Bangkok Suan Nguen Mee Ma. Suphanburi 9. Amphorn Thanikrut Community Network on Agro-tourism. Bangkok: Green Market Network ISAC. Chumporn 12. Phoonpithak Luengsriorn Sanamchaiket. Waritsorn Rakpun Chumporn Cabana. 2010. Klaew Boonrod Phon Yang Kham Coooperatives.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. Vijit Boonsoong Fair Trade Organic Rice Network. Yasothorn 29 . Thamrong Saengsuriyachan Organic Farming Network of Thailand. Somboon Srisubut Organic Farmer Network. Chumporn 11. Kanjanaburi 5. Yuthakarn Makpun Khamsad Resort. Chachoengsao 10. Chumporn CIC developed from peoples organizations 6. Bangkok CIC developed from community networks 8. Chiangmai CIC developed from the private sector 4. Vitoon Panyakul 2. Chomchuan Boonrahong Green Net. Sakhonnakorn 7. Wallapa van Willenswaard 3.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. Santi Asoke. Raweewan Srithong CSA.

Suphanburi Rice Department 2.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. • 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.

Most policy proposals regarding ICT’s and development tend to subscribe to technological determinism. 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. awareness and acceptance of technology by the population is also very important. the level of education. the technological determinists believe that providing technologies is sufficient in causing economic development. It is undeniable that ICT’s are playing very important roles in our lives nowadays. Chulalongkorn University (CEST) ICT and Wellbeing Policy 15 September 2010 12 months (15 Sept. For example. Research Assistant Center for Ethics of Science and Technology. is a case in point . The question is how to harness the power of the technologies for real and lasting benefits to the world’s population. for example. 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.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. 2011) Part II Project Description 2.3 percent increase in economic growth rate if broadband internet 12 technologies are introduced to a country. In other words. 2009 (World Bank.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. many studies have shown that it is far too simple to maintain that technological infusion alone will result in economic development. Christine Zhen-Wei. What would happen if. A recent study by the World Bank. unpublished paper) 31 . 2010–15 Sept. The thinking behind this is that technology determines development. However. 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. which argues that there will be as much as 1. Many factors are always involved which are difficult to predict and fully control.

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. mature economy. It will identify the factors that are involved in creating the gap and suggest ways to combat them. 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. the issue of development itself is also contentious. but it is clearly not wealth alone. what can the technologies do in order to effect the kind of more well rounded development of human society and individuals. For there are many more dimensions of “development” than just wealth accumulation. More specifically. 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. 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. the proposed project here aims at providing policy recommendations that will bridge the existing gap between the rural and urban areas in Thailand. even though technological infusion alone is not enough. Hence the main question for the project here is: Given the power and ubiquity of information and communication technologies in today’s world.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 .advanced. a re-think and dialogue are necessary. Certainly material wealth and its limited access is one factor in that vision. Furthermore. 2. Capabilities are construed in terms of the freedoms people have reason to value limited by the choices they can make in reality. 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. In order to create a more well-rounded perspective of development. There needs then to be a study that investigates these contextual factors so that the path from technology to development is a workable one. In other words.

Paradiso project Wikiprogress of OECD Michel Bauwens 2. Some examples: Name Soraj Hongladarom Pattarasinee Bhattarakosol Organization Center for Ethics of Science and Technology.4 Action Plan 33 . 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).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. in achieving the benefit of wellbeing driven development.

Simulation game approach: draft of working procedures and pooling of expertise to involve Outcomes 1. methodology sharing seminar Step 2: Data collection: in depth interviews.• • • • • Step 1: Literature review. year II and III Jul Sep Nov Jan Mar May Year II III *) to be adjusted to delayed start per 15 September 2010 2. meetings and e-networking Step 3: Decoding and synthesizing process. Initiating and guiding a development process towards a simulation ‘decision making’ game in which the impact of scenarios can be compared. Strengthen the movement of ‘creative commons’ as a leading factor of a ‘Well-Being Society’ scenario 2. Policy recommendations on how best to utilize ICT for economic and well being development 3.5 Expected Outputs and Outcomes Outputs 1. Multi-media database: material for multi-media project in year II and III 3. Report: “ICT and media supporting participatory Well-Being policy development” 2. focused on the Well-Being society scenario 34 . paper Step 4: Building multi-media database (for year II and III). 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).

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

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

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Vietnam. public speeches. and a Mekong region conference in 2006. Mattieu Ricard. June 2009 – September 2010 The first groundbreaking public speech and dialogue was held in August 2009 with Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph E. Dasho Karma Ura. and the second conference in Nova Scotia. training. John Hall and others. international exchanges and publications. Stiglitz and a panel of leading Thai economists. Bhutan. 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.Summary past. • GNH Movement project The follow-up project to the GNH3 conference was titled GNH Movement project. Cambodia. Nongkhai and Bangkok. present and future activities • Third International Conference on Gross National Happiness. Roger Torrenti. papers. Laos. Thailand – November 2007 The third GNH conference (“GNH3”) followed the first International Conference on Gross National Happiness in Thimphu. February 2004. It was a research-development project of 18 months including workshops. Phom Phen. Canada. Visiting foreign teachers: Ven. September 2004. and Hanoi. GNH3 was preceded by and International Seminar in the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). 39 . 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. Ronald Colman. June 2005. followed by meetings in Vientiane.

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

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