The School for Wellbeing has drawn on experiences from four international conferences on Gross National Happiness and number of other smaller meetings. This section provide more details.
The 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness
The 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness Towards Global Transformation: WORLD VIEWS MAKE A DIFFERENCE offered an opportunity to articulate Asian world views towards transformation in a 'message to the world'. It took place in Nong Khai and Bangkok, Thailand between 22 and 28 November 2007.
Implying the transition from a natural to modernized state, the 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness (GNH 3) took place in two locations: the first three days took place in rural north-eastern province of Nong Khai and the last three days in the urban campus of Chulalongkorn University in central Bangkok, Thailand.
The organizers planned all activities so that participants were able to explore a large variety of venues, presentation and discussion formats and draw on the great variety and talents of the entire group of 800 participants who registered. Main co-organizers were the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation (Thailand), Centre for Bhutan Studies, while local NGOs, progressive business group Social Venture Network and the government of Thailand in particular The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Thailand, have formed a support network together with research agencies and other government departments like the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.
The 2nd GNH conference with theme "Rethinking Development: Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing", was held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia June 20–24, 2005.
Co-hosted by Genuine Progress Index Atlantic; Coady International Institute; Shambhala; the Centre for Bhutan Studies; the Province of Nova Scotia; the Gorsebrook Research Institute at Saint Mary's University; and the University of New Brunswick.
The 1st International Conference on Gross National Happiness
The first International Conference on Gross National Happiness (GNH) Operationalizing Gross National Happiness was organized in Thimphu, Bhutan, Februari 2004.
The organizing body was the Center for Bhutan Studies