Implementing Gross National Happiness in organizationsThe kingdom of Bhutan has been a pioneer in placing Happiness at the heart of its
development agenda. What was once seen as an exotic utopia has become
mainstream, and the UN adopted a resolution “Happiness and Wellbeing, towards a
new development paradigm”. Does this focus on Happiness also apply to
businesses and organizations? Based on my experience in applying GNH projects in
mid-size and large corporations, as well as in NGO’s and other institutions, I will
explain the implementation process and highlight the necessity to rethink the role of
managers and leaders in this context. As former Head of Training, Learning and Development at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Ha Vinh Tho has trained humanitarian professionals working in war zones and emergency response in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Founder of ELI: Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness and Wellbeing (http://elihw.org/), Chairman of Eurasia Foundation, he was the Program Director GNH center Bhutan from 2012 to 2018. Ha Vinh Tho is also a visiting professor in adult education and humanitarian work in several Universities and a well-known international speaker. Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute/USA, and a member of the Presencing Institute/USA) Ha Vinh Tho wrote the Happy Schools in Vietnam Curriculum, an innovative educational program introducing Mindfulness, Social and Emotional Learning and Care for the Planet in the Vietnamese education system.
Dr. Ha Vinh Tho
Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness and Wellbeing