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UPDATE 1 Earth Trusteeship Working Group

EARTH TRUSTEESHIP Working Group Update 1
14 Oct 2020,
communicated by Right Livelihood College campus Bangkok,

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Innovation For Life: A New Light on Right Livelihood

Rather than a historic overview, this book offers glimpses of inspiration that guided the start and growth of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research. Over a decade the "school" incubated transformative activities such as the Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summerschool (CURLS); Towards Organic Asia (TOA) network and Earth Trusteeship Platform. Without in-depth action-research of various perceptions of wellbeing and happiness as the core of human pursuit, our efforts to address climate emergency, economic inequality and the decline of cultural integrity miss a dimension of co-creating common - regenerative - meaning. Co-creating meaning is essential for collaborative policy design and social innovation. It is the determining factor for personal flourishing.

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Earth Trusteeship Forum & CURLS 2019 Report

The School For Wellbeing and various organizations organized the Second Earth Trusteeship forum on 19 - 21 July 2019 to promote the notion of trusteeship as a cornerstone for global citizenship. Earth Trusteeship is an overarching principle for International Environmental Law (IEL). It enables appropriate governance of Rights of Nature.

The forum, this year, is special for its concluding part of Chula Right Livelihood Summer School (CURLS) 2019 under the theme Nature Rights, Global Citizenship, and Reclaiming "the Commons": The Rise of Earth Trusteeship. 

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International Forum for Wellbeing

The School for Wellbeing in collaboration with TOA, College of Natural Resources (Bhutan), Metta Development Foundation (Myanmar), and Rural Development Agency (Lao PDR), supported by CCFD Terre Solidaire (France) participated in International Forum for Wellbeing, in Grenoble, France. Our participation strengthened and innovated connections among TOA partners and the global CCFD network towards sustainable development and wellbeing societies. Experiences were shared on Young Organic Farmers, Mindful Markets, Participatory Action Research, and Technical Support in particular on organic seeds and Seeds Freedom. 

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School for Wellbeing 5 Year Report 2009-2014

The ‘School for Wellbeing’ is an independent think-"pond" being shaped by an international network of dedicated academics from diverse disciplines, and by practitioners and policy makers, primarily inspired by the concept of Gross National Happiness. By common effort the School for Wellbeing offers a creative learning space for a diversity of stakeholders inducing cross-cultural studies in happiness, wellbeing and quality of life. 
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.  

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Mindful Markets: Producer-Consumer Partnerships

The success of Mindful Markets Forum in 2014 inspired Suan Ngen Mee Ma social enterprise to publish the book in both English and Thai language. The book aims to empower the emergence of consumer movements in Asia to support small-scale farmers. Wallapa van Willenswaard, the editor who initiated the green market networks in Thailand, interviewed resource persons in the forum together with her journalist team.

The book contents are divided into 3 parts; an introduction of Green Market Networks and Towards Organic Asia, an overview of three important sources of inspiration and case studies. Mindful Markets: Producer-Consumer Partnerships towards a New Economy book was launched during the second Mindful Markets Forum, 31st August – 2nd September 2015.

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The Wellbeing Society: A Radical Middle Path to Global Transformation

Hans van Willenswaard is a Dutch citizen who live with his wife Wallapa in Thailand. Hans grew up in a small town at the Nort Sea coast near Loverendale farm. The first bio-dynamic farm in the Netherlands. He was educated in the revolutionary 60 ies as a’cultural worker’. Hans was one of the co-founders of meditation center De kosmos in Amsterdam and co-intiated a ‘tea-house’ at Mozes & Aaron Church, turning it into a public space where he also enabled Vipassana meditation course. He worked in various youth centres in the country. After his training in rural development at Emerson College, U.K., he intiated an experimental development studies programme at Hogesschool Zeeland, now Zeeland University of Applied Sciences.

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