Rehana Moosajee was part of a group of 26 global participants who attended a summit on Gross National Happiness in Business in Bhutan from the 7 – 13 June 2015.
Hosted by the GNH Centre, the summit included familiarizing participants in the concept of Gross National Happiness. GNH is an attempt to create a new and more comprehensive paradigm to measure development than Gross Domestic Product. The challenge to GDP is based on the illusion of limitless growth on a finite planet. Further, that wealthier countries are not necessarily happier ones and that GDP focuses on the external not the internal. GNH as a new economic development paradigm was presented to the United Nations on 2 April 2012 and is sometimes simply summarized as development with values. Premised on the four pillars of :
The 4 pillars are unpacked into 9 domains which elaborate on each pillar:
The week included deepening participants understanding of GNH, panels with Bhutanese spiritual and business leaders, visits to Bhutanese institutions and time for individual reflection and meditation. The highlight was a very steep climb to the monastery at Tiger’s Nest.
Rigorous debate, active and empathetic listening and sharing characterized the development of prototypes.
For Rehana Moosajee Consulting, this summit provided the opportunity to re-clarify Rehana’s purpose in creating a consultancy that is committed to many of the ideals and values espoused in the GNH. It was a reaffirmation of the values upon which Rehana’s company and work is founded. At a personal level it allowed for deep contemplation and re-energising with the resounding reminder that work, life purpose and happiness are integrally linked. Rehana will be sharing some of her insights from GNH soon. Watch this space