“The time has come for global action to build a new world economic system that is no longer based on the illusion that limitless growth is possible on our precious and finite planet or that endless material gain promotes well-being....Instead, it will be a system, that in short, is fully sustainable and that is rooted in true, abiding well-being and happiness.”

~~ Prime Minister Jigme Thinley, Bhutan

Happiness Santa Fe launched during the First National Happiness Week in 2013.  Happiness Santa Fe celebrated its second annual day of festivities on April 13, 2014. The Center for Emergent Diplomacy, in partnership with the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA,  provided leadership, tools and project management to facilitate Santa Fe becoming a Happiness City. 


In 2011, the United Nations passed a unanimous declaration urging member nations to place “The Pursuit of Happiness” (rather than economic development) at the forefront of their developmental agenda and to find ways to measure their success.

In April, 2012,  United Nations held their first “high level meeting on happiness and well-being." Center for Emergent Diplomacy CEO Merle Lefkoff was invited to the United Nations to assist the Kingdom of Bhutan in their launch of the Gross National Happiness index (GNH).

If we are to change the current unlimited growth model encouraged by measuring progress solely on the basis of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), local communities all over the world must begin to add environmental and social indicators to their measurement of progress. Local grassroots community action in this global movement can and will make change happen – change that is gaining momentum everyday.

The Center for Emergent Diplomacy continues to work on this issue in partnership with the Happiness Alliance, a grassroots organization based in Seattle, WA.

If you are interested in supporting this program or learning more please contact us.