Nov 292011
 
"Decadence: Decline Of The Western World"

The Western world seems to be in decline – but what is really happening? What are the forces behind this? Five years ago Pria Viswalingam approached me to join him in producing a film on the topic. “We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.”      Kenneth Clark […]

Nov 292011
 
Give A Christmas Gift That Makes A Difference

  Possibly the best gift you could give your children this Christmas is to teach them the value of giving. While there is strong psychological research showing giving increases the sense of wellbeing of the giver, we are not born with this knowledge. The truth is people consistently over-estimate the impact on their wellbeing of […]

Nov 162011
 
Raising Barry - An Unconventional Parent Raises A President

Ann Dunham (Soetoro) Sutoro’s life is changing the course of history, yet most people have never heard of this remarkable woman. When I first met Ann in Jakarta in March 1981, I had no idea how great an impact she would have on world history and politics. I was travelling on a field trip as […]

Nov 052011
 
Bhutan: The Happy Magical Dragon Kingdom Part 2

While Bhutan’s version of modernisation is bringing it many benefits and its idealism is welcome in a world of so much cynicism, the country of course is far from perfect. The issue of national identity can be vexing and has led to a mass exodus from the country of people from Nepal. The concept of […]

Nov 042011
 
Bhutan: The Happy Magical Dragon Kingdom Part 1

Bhutan is one of the few magical countries left on earth.  What particularly attracted us to visit it, is the fact that this is the country that invented the idea of Gross National Happiness – but more about this later. About the size of Switzerland, this Himalayan kingdom is a country of mountainous forests, riverine valleys and only 700,000 people, steeped in Buddhist mysticism.  […]

Nov 042011
 
Introduction

How can we use money to improve wellbeing? Arun Abey, co-founder of Walsh Bay Partners, a public speaker and a consultant on strategy, believes that personal success and wellbeing begin with better understanding ourselves and mastering our minds. With the publication of his best-selling book ‘How Much Is Enough’, Arun combines the latest behavioral research with compelling stories […]

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