News & Updates

Discussion: Economy

At the Imagine Change! forum on the theme “Economy,” it was suggested that Bhutanese institutions could be made more accountable through regulatory mechanism (with lesser stress on the legal system and the regulatory framework) and by focusing on the internal (individual) attitude to be accountable. Reform in education policy was cited as an important factor […]

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Discussion: Sustainable Consumption

At the Imagine Change! forum on the theme “Sustainable Consumption,” the question on how governments could be motivated to be more green when they are donor-dependent was raised. It was suggested that since donors do look for good investment, we have an obligation to let our donors know if we think that we are compromising on […]

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Discussion: Culture and Globalisation

At the Imagine Change! forum on the theme “Culture and Globalisation,” it was noted that it is more objective to use the plural form when talking about Bhutanese cultures. Standardizing and creating a single “Bhutanese national culture” was seen as even disastrous for cultural diversity in the regions. Moreover, interpreting culture to be synonymous with […]

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Discussion: Democracy & Active Citizenship

At the Imagine Change! forum on the theme “Democracy & Active Citizenship”, participants were asked to identify five key characteristics of an ideal active citizen. Some of the qualities mentioned were: compassionate, well-informed, questioning, sense of belonging/community spirit, able to engage in diverse views, adapting to change, curious, brave, assertive, proactive, good listener, inclusive, honest […]

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Discussion: New Development Paradigm

Four Imagine Change! local forums were organised by the Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm in Thimphu in March 2014. The objective of the local forums was to explore the relevance of “new paradigm thinking” in the Bhutanese context, to clarify our understanding of this GNH-inspired approach to development, and through authentic dialogue to spark […]

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“Imagine Change!” local forums catalyse GNH-thinking in Thimphu

Four Imagine Change! local forums were organised by the Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm in Thimphu in March 2014. The objective of the local forums was to explore the relevance of “new paradigm thinking” in the Bhutanese context, to clarify our understanding of this GNH-inspired approach to development, and through authentic dialogue to spark […]

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Coming in March: Imagine Change! – A Series of Local Forums

As a part of our mandate to engage local communities and stakeholders in Bhutan, the Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm will be organizing a series of four one-day forums in Thimphu in March 2014. The aim of these local forums is to share the main insights of the New Development Paradigm Report and to […]

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Bhutan submits the NDP Report to the UN

As a contribution to the growing global conversation on a transformative post-2015 development agenda, Bhutan has submitted its report titled “Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm” to the United Nations. The report is inspired by Bhutan’s development approach based on the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and proposes a New Development Paradigm (NDP) with […]

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Local economies and happiness

SNDP recently organized a film screening of The Economics of Happiness (2011) in cooperation with the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BMCD) to stimulate dialogue on new approaches to development. Over 40 people participated, including civil servants, academics, people from civil society organisations, journalists and students. The film showcases the destructive effects of economic globalisation […]

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Special screening & discussion of the film: The Economics of Happiness

Are localized economies the key to the wellbeing of humans, other life forms and the earth? Which principles should guide globalization and the progress of nations?  Please join us for a special screening of film The Economics of Happiness which tells the story of a globalized world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions – towards economic globalization […]

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