Small can be very beautiful

Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan felt the need- quite remarkably- to measure his country's development in terms of the happiness of it's people, rather than in terms of an abstract economic measurement such as GNP. What an idea!

The Center for Bhutan Studies brings out a number of titles and a journal on Bhutan Studies, and much of this is freely downloadable. For example, Rethinking Development - Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Gross National Happines, where you can find articles such as "What is Gross National Happiness", "What is Sustainable and What is Not?", much but not all in the Bhutanese context. To quote Jigmi Thinley, "Happiness may not be directly deliverable to an individual like a good or service. But it is far too important also to be left to purely individual effort and search, without collective or governmental endeavour." There are "many societies on the edge of the global capitalist system who are similarly searching for appropriate yardsticks for sustainable development, trade and foreign investment while respecting cultural and ecological integrity".

The books are not easily available, yet. However, at Scholars it is our continuing effort to make these more accessible, so should you require any of the titles of the Center for Bhutan Studies, please write in. We'd happily go to Thimphu to get them for you...