Gross National Happiness
Mayoral Scholarship 2018

Impact Safari is dedicated to facilitating intimate leadership programs around the world. These programs are designed to harness wisdom from our destination countries to enrich our lives and our work here in Australia. 

Impact Safari is proud to offer two full scholarships for current Australian Mayors to attend our Bhutan Safari in March 2018. Valued at $8,000 each, the intention of this scholarship program is to encourage the adoption of Gross National Happiness (GNH) principles into policy development and leadership practice here in Australia.  

 
 

Applications

The 2018 Scholarship program is open to all current sitting Mayors across Australia. Applications will be assessed primarily on an applicant's commitment to proactively implement the philosophy and practical tools of GNH throughout their council. Applications close on the 1st of September and will be assessed by an independent panel. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday the 15th of September.  

 
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Gross national happiness (GNH)

GNH is a unique approach to development, which originated in Bhutan. It aims to strike a balance between material and non-material values, prioritizing the happiness and well-being of humans and all life. The objective of GNH is to achieve a balanced and sustainable form of development which encompasses a range of domains each of which makes a vital contribution to our happiness. This approach aims to balance modernity with tradition, material with spiritual, and economic with social, all within the broader context of ecological conservation.

GNH is both a philosophy and a set of practical tools. These tools are widely utilised in Bhutan to develop government policy and there are many lessons for political leaders in Australia.