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01 Dec 2012
Newspaper section: Bangkok Post, Outlook
Writer: Thiti Owlarn
It is safe to say that, at one level or another, we all want to be happy. But what is happiness, and what makes us happy? What do we have to do in order to become a happier person? Philosophers have pondered these questions since the beginning of civilisation, yet more often than not the answers are too abstract and general for us to make use of in our everyday lives. Happiness is the supreme human good, some say. Happiness is illusionary and ephemeral, say others. These remarks may indeed be true and insightful, but how they are supposed to have a bearing on our lives is not always clear. For those of us who are more pragmatic, there is still a need to come up with a more concrete way of thinking about happiness.
18 Nov 2010
SIFA Public Dialogues
“OUR WORLD IS NOT FOR SALE”
Saturday 28 August 2010,
09.00-13.30 hours Narathip Auditorium,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace
Keynote Speech by Vandana Shiva
Saturday 4 September 2010,
13.00-16.30 hours, Room 101 Faculty of Economics,
Towards Economics of Happiness. Confronting Ignorance
Keynote Speech by Helena Norberg-Hodge
18 Nov 2010
Founder of the award-winning Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation, Nic Marks will lead a one-day workshop with professionals in the fields of social change, urban and rural planning, local business, policy development and international organisations, and happiness research and statistics, on the challenges facing civil society all over the world. Society risks becoming overgrown by omni-powerful governments and big business. Can we form associations among social innovators in all sectors to change the course of development? What are the indicators that convince policymakers?
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