GNH MOVEMENT PROJECT Final Report
August 2008 – March 2010
supported by Thailand Research Fund and Thai Health Promotion Foundation/TGLIP
The Aims & Objectives, and the Expected Results as presented here, obviously point at a much longer term agenda than can be dealt with in the first 18-months stage of the GNH Movement project facilitated by the present ‘research development’ grant. However, reviews of the progress reports submitted during the year 2009, tentatively open a perspective towards continuation and extension of the project under the aegis of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research.
The School for Wellbeing is an independent think tank established in August 2009. The three founding partners of ‘the School’ are the faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; the Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu, Bhutan; and the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF) in Bangkok, Thailand. SNF is the umbrella organization for Suan Nguen Mee Ma publishers, a social enterprise and initiator of the GNH Movement project.
The establishment of the School for Wellbeing is a major tangible result of the GNH Movement project. Below is a draft of the final report GNH Movement project, August 2008 – March 2010.
The text follows the order of the expected results and it is formulated from the international perspective. This report in English accompanies a full report in Thai language over the same period.
Aims and Objectives as formulated at the start of the project (English version):
• To explore Thai impulses towards social transformation inspired by Gross National Happiness, in the context of contemporary local, national and international (Mekong, ASEAN, Asia, global) trends and social movements
• More specifically to provide a platform for exchanges on Thai responses to the Global GDP Debate and related efforts to ‘redefine progress’
• To formulate policy development recommendations to stakeholders, and to strengthen ‘wellbeing’-driven public policy development prioritizing ‘Quality of Life’ or ‘Social Quality’
• To explore and design a participatory ‘action-research’ framework that will strengthen concrete initiatives towards change in Thailand in collaboration with likeminded Asian and global partners, by experimentation and reflection on actions undertaken
• To broaden the participatory ‘action-research’ network with communication and strategic media development
• To draft and build consensus towards a conceptual framework that will support development of synthesis between the diversity of initiatives and research efforts
• To identify areas for capacity building and to develop transformative as well as ICT supported educational tools
Expected results 2008-2009 (TRF + TGLIP) as formulated at the start of the project:
1. Network of Thai and international academics
2. Draft Theoretical framework and Synthesis
3. Operational model for multi-stakeholder cooperation and advocacy; policy recommendations
4. Draft curriculum for capacity building
5. Action-research Plan 2010-2014
6. Publication (book) and design for multi-media strategy
First GNH Movement forum at SASIN, August 2008, with from left to right: Prida Tiasuwan, Rosanna Tositrakul, Surat Horachaikul, Jon Ungpakorn and Sulak Sivaraksa.