The Second Annual Conference on Gross National Happiness The Second International Conference on Gross National Happiness
Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
June 20 to June 24, 2005
  Teen Program: June 17 to June 24
Photo Essays:

Natural Building Photos

Teen Program Finale Photos
Teen Progam
HeartWood Further Information on HeartWood and our approach:
HeartWood is a small non-profit organization whose mission is to work with youth to develop their skills and confidence as community builders. We train and support adults, young adults and agencies in the skills and tools they require to support meaningful youth participation in building healthy communities. HeartWood was founded in 1989, and has a long history of high-quality experiential programming with both youth and adults.

HeartWood has developed a Community Youth Development Framework based on our experience working with and research on successful youth action teams in Nova Scotia. The Framework blends youth development and community development, and is designed as a guide to encourage, plan for, and support active engagement of youth with their communities and within community-based organizations and agencies.

We would be happy to speak with you further about any questions you might have about the Teen Program for the Rethinking Development conference. You can reach us at:
Dayspring Office:
RR# 7
Bridgewater NS
B4V 3J5
Tel: (902)543-8531
Fax: (902)543-8245

Halifax Office:
5663 Cornwallis St., Suite 202
Halifax NS
B3K 1B6
Tel: (902)444-5885
Fax: (902)444-3140

  Youth and the Natural Building Project
The Natural Building Project is the place to be at the Conference, where all the speeches come down to earth, people get their hands dirty, and start to make a tangible example of sustainability. Architecture is responsible for 42% - 48% of global energy consumption and the vast majority of the world's population resides in sub standard buildings. How we build needs to be a priority on every political agenda today. Natural building is environmentally low impact, healthy for the occupants, affordable, enriching spiritually and culturally and can be a powerful tool for community development. It also offers valuable solutions for disaster relief housing.

Nova Scotia has been on the leading edge of a global revaluing and appreciation of natural building systems since 1993, so it is fitting that the Conference should include in its program the creation of a functional art installation which demonstrates a variety of traditional and alternative building systems using local resources.

  What they are saying about Rethinking Development

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