Gross National Happiness is evolving as an inspiring set of principles for policy development. The core elements ~ without promoting them as a dogma ~ have been identified as the Four Pillars of GNH:
1. Cultural promotion
2. Equitable economic development
3. Good governance
4. Environmental conservation
Groups and individuals from all over the world have been encouraged to mirror their own authentic efforts with GNH development in Bhutan and where possible contribute to the universalization of Gross National Happiness so that it becomes an internationally comparable and applicable ~ sensitive to cultural diversity ~ public policy concept and possibly a new 'standard for development'.
The four pillars provide a flexible structure for workshops and networking during the conference (Tuesday 27 November), while cross-fertilization between the four areas will be encouraged.
In Addition to the Four Pillars the Center for Bhutan Studies selected nine research domains for GNH research. The research domains will be referred to as a framework for paper presentations during the Academic Session, 26th November 2007.