Individual humans can certainly attain happiness, but can whole societies? One country, Bhutan, is working to light the way by rearranging its economic priorities with its citizens in mind. Whether this is possible, even at the scale of a small nation, is a large and fascinating question, and the world is watching this country’s efforts to implement what it calls Gross National Happiness.
In the new issue of Orion, author Gretchen Legler reports from the tiny Himalayan nation, where she served as a Fulbright Scholar. On February 18, at 4 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Pacific, Gretchen will join Orion and guests Helena Norberg-Hodge and Charles Eisenstein for an online discussion of Bhutan’s progress. Helena Norberg-Hodge produced the award-winning 2011 film The Economics Of Happiness and is director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture; Charles Eisenstein is the author of several books, including, most recently, Sacred Economics.
Listen to a recording of this event here.