Our Partner-organization in Bhutan is the Center for Bhutan Studies (CBS).
President of the Center for Bhutan Studies is the Prime Minister. The Director of CBS is Dasho Karma Ura, while the Conference Coordinator for CBS is Phuntsho Rapten. The CBS is an independent organization t mandated by the Government of Bhutan to guide policy development towards Gross National Happiness in Bhutan, including international exchanges.
Partner-organizations and Coordinators in Thailand are:
Coordinator Network of Government Related Organizations ('Well-being Index Network') including Moral Center, NESDB, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, NHC, MSDHS, CODI, TRF, ABAC: Doctor Ugrid Milintangkul, National Health Center, NHC
Coordinators Network of Thai NGO's: SEM, TVS, RRAFFA, Social Management College (SMC): Chatchawarn Thongdeelert, SMC and Somboon Chungprampree, Spirit in Eduction Movement
Youth Coordinator: Somkid Mahissaya, Thailand Volunteer Service (TVS)
International Coordinators including development of partnerships with: New Economics Foundation; Bija Vidyapeeth; The World Future Council; Right Livelihood Award recipients' network; Quakers; Social Venture Network; GPI Atlantic; Fair Trade International; UNESCO/DESD; Asia-Europe Foundation etc (in progress): Hans van Willenswaard, Suan Nguen Mee Ma publishers, Bangkok and Francesco Volpini, volunteer
Coordinator Greater Mekong Sub-region network of NGO's in Laos, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, Vietnam, China (Yunnan Province and Tibet): Sombath Somphone (PADETC, Laos), Magsaysay Award recipient
Research and Academic Coordinators: Assoc. Prof. Anuchat Poungsomlee, Center of Contemplative Education, Mahidol University, Bangkok; Assoc. Prof. Surichai Wung'aeo, Director, Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University; and Prof. Takayoshi Kusago, University of Osaka, Japan (Advisor), together with their colleagues from CBS, Bhutan.
Academic Session Coordinators: Dr. Narumon Arunothai, Dr. Michita Champathes Rodsutti, Francesco Volpini
Coordinator Communication: Karnjariya Sukrung, 'Happy Media' group
Coordinator Cultural Activities: vacancy
Governmental initiatives to increase well-being in rural and urban communities
In Nongkhai, 24 November, the local authorities and Public Health services hosted a meeting on innovative public policy development that focuses on well-being. In the past poverty reduction efforts by and large embarked on material factors and remedies, often leading to more household debts. Debts are among the leading factors causing un-happiness. New approaches to community development are explored and gradually implemented, placing well-being and happiness central in life assesment.
Photo's top to bottom: H.E. Paiboon Wattanasiritham; Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa; Chatchawarn Thongdeelert with Sombath Somphone at Ashram Wonsanit GNH in the Mekong Region meeting; Doctor Ugrid Milintangkul.