Gross Community Happiness - Ekam the wholeness
EKAM believes in Gross Happiness of an Individual, a family and a Community as the real development. Social and cultural well being of people is the priority. The Gross National Happiness (GNH), is an age old concept deeply rooted in Oriental cultures, especially stemming from Budhist spiritual values. This was a counter hegemonic to the hegemonic western material development model which was and still is measured by gross domestic product (GDP).
United Nations passed resolution (65/309) in the year 2011 through which the General Assembly unanimously adopted “Gross Happiness” on the global development agenda. he four pillars of GNH philosophy are:
- Sustainable development
- Preservation and promotion of cultural values
- Conservation of the natural environment, and
- Establishment of good governance.
The Gross National Happiness (GNH) concept evolved through the contribution of international of scholars and researchers to become a socioeconomic development framework. The GNH policy now serves as a unifying vision for Bhutan's five-year planning process and all the derived planning documents that guide the economic and development plans of the country.
EKAM as an organization has been performing the journey towards achieving Gross Organizational Happiness through committed, dedicated and compassionate members who are partners of EKAM foundation. The foundation enables the community, with which it works through forging partnership, to perform the journey towards achieving “Gross Community Happiness.” The foundation also clearly distinguishes between “Gross Happiness and Gross Domestic Product.” The Gross Family or Community Happiness is measured by qualitative indicators which can also be quantified.
A community in the path of achieving Gross Happiness
A community in the path of achieving Gross Domestic Product
|This community has a value based long-term Vision not just for the present but also for the future generations. It focuses on values and commitment, dignity and integrity. The values (LOVE, COMPASSION) are shared. No barriers to share values. And the values are shared unconditionally. Members of the community are subjects.
This community is inclusive, respects the unique identities and sees beauty in diversity. It translates value based mission statements into collaborative & collective actions for sustainable development.
This community is a dignified one. It cherishes dignity of each member of the community. There are only partners. Forges partnerships based on values and ideology. Brand is a statement of identity. It blends wisdom with modern technology. Knowledge without wisdom is harmful.
This community has the courage to walk collectively and pay the price for its convictions. It believes in processes not materialistic results. I is part of WE and WE is part of US. I am part of you, you are part of me. Every experience is part of continuous learning process. No judgments for exercising control. Learns from success and failures. Action Wheel and Insight Wheel travel together.
The system is people centric. The system is governed by people. The community is committed to expanding the frontiers of the system. Help each other discover potentials and nurture each other.
Each member of the community feel proud and make conscious effort to make positive different to his/her community’s living environment.
Democracy is process of community collective conscious consensus building. The decisions are not taken by majority but through consensus building. Changes are invited to nurture the system. Power is shared and used to promote values and well being of the community.
The human relationship is built upon mutuality of respect and trust. Experimenting with truth is the process of revealing the visible and invisible aspects of the system of I – WE – US.
This community together strives for evolving as an ecology. Self contentment. Journey is towards Gross Happiness of the Community. A healthy, harmonious and just society.
The low or nil rate of infant mortality is one of the key indicators of this community.
This is an authoritarian community. Commands the system, demands loyalty and membership. Very insecured. It uses authority to ensure compliance. Members of the community are objects.
This community doesn’t provide any space for innovations, dissent or creativity. Rule of Law. Management by Objectives. Few from the community define the goals and purpose of the system and get the entire community to commit to it. Rule book cannot be amended through any democratic processes. Role of the person is much more important than the person himself/herself.
The relationships among members of the community is instrumental / materialistic. Sharing is conditional. The world is a market place.
This community is structured, ordered and governed by clear laws as spelt out in the 'book'.
The community is stratified based on social, cultural, economic and political diversifications / differences.
The power is concentrated and determined by defined and unquestionable myths. This community lives on a myth that it cannot survive without hierarchy.
This community encourages its members to be opportunistic. Wealth accumulation at anybody’s cost is an acceptable norm. It creates competitions. Competitors are driven by lust for power.
The community looks at the world with full of threats and opportunities; a jungle to hunt or to be hunted; The world is for its consumption. Boundaries are to be constantly pushed and challenged.
Power and authority is centralized, with few, and used to strike fear. Relationships are temporary, maintained to serve vested interest.
The journey is towards self destruction, frustration, unhealthy community which will soon be converted into a barbaric. A jungle raj where man eats other man.