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Frequently asked questions
An answer is given by Isabelle Cassiers with her diagram.
The intention is to create projects such as the economy exists within the society, which exists within the environment (and not only seek sometimes for a crossover of the 3 elements as presented in the classic CSR scheme). The GNH is also a spiritual approach, with a dimension of oneself change to see societal changes and around oneself.
Yes, for example, young people say they are in the zone, or older people “live a moment of grace”, or in the world of personal development “to be aligned with oneself and the universe”.
No, personally I am from a protestant family, I lived 5 years in India of mostly Hindu culture, and Buddhist in the Himalayas. Yes, I’m influenced by that culture. But the GNH is independent of any religion. If you’re a Muslim, for example, it’s quite compatible. It’s a co-creation approach that respects everyone’s beliefs.
Indeed there is still much to be done in Bhutan, as elsewhere. However the intention is there, they are making progress. And the decision-making mode is through GNH and not just money. Moreover, highlighting allows us to see the areas of darkness. It is then easier to find solutions. On the other hand, there may be a mirror effect on other aspects in us or our country/community/organization regarding what shocks us in Bhutan. It can help us to have awareness, and then address those issues.
In the GNH, Gross National Happiness, you can redefine each item, including the indicator name. If some are afraid that this will not be serious enough in the company or community, the idea is to do a session to find with the project team which words are appropriate to use, including to define the global indicator that synthesizes all domains and subdomains.