Global Happiness Organization (GHO) is an international non-profit organization, founded under the name “Charity International”. It is dedicated to the promotion of utilitarian ethics. It was founded in 2007 by a team of Swedish academics, philosophers and animal welfare activists led by Ludvig Lindström. The purpose of the organization is to increase net happiness worldwide.
The organization functions in two ways. One part of its work involves informing the public of the latest scientific research on effective strategies to enhance personal happiness; how you can make other people happier; and how to avoid causing suffering to others, including non-human sentient beings. Secondly, Global Happiness Organization tries to get a happiness agenda into mainstream politics. Its goal is to have politicians base their policy-making decisions on conclusions drawn from the latest scientific studies in order to create better conditions for a happier society and a happier world. From 2007 onwards, Global Happiness Organization has organized a Happiness Conference where the organization presents the latest happiness research, outlines its future agenda, and provides an arena for discussions both among its members and among international happiness researchers. Conference participants and speakers have included the Australian philosopher Peter Singer, the Dutch happiness researcher Ruut Veenhoven and the British philosopher David Pearce.
One of the main Global Happiness Organization’s conferences was held in May 2009 at Malmö University. In 20 March 2015 Global Happiness Organization Celebrated the International Day of Happiness, having as hashtag on Facebook and Twitter, #GlobalHappiness.
Examples of Achievements:
- 2012: The first Global happiness report sees the light of day. This report is published April 2 at the UN Conference on Happiness.
- 2012: All UN member countries agree to establish an international day dedicated to well-being and happiness
Examples of National Achievements:
- 2012, Sweden: GHO’s expert on happiness Filip Fors issues an independent report to the Swedish Government Provisional Commission which highlights new alternative welfare measures with attention to people’s happiness and subjective well-being.
- 2009, Sweden: Sweden sees its first blog on happiness when GHO launches Lyckobloggen.se. On this blog, many happiness experts spread the most recent research on how people can improve their quality of life and that of others. The blog is enjoying enormous success.
- 2008, UK: first debate on happiness in the British parliament, promoted by the Liberal Democrats. This party had sent a delegation to the GHO Happiness Conference in Sweden.
- 2007, Sweden: first Swedish parliamentary act aimed at bringing happiness science into the political debate, a consequence of GHO’s strong lobbying of Swedish parliamentarians.
Who we are:
Peter Singer is one of the most prominent contemporary philosophers. He is Professor at Princeton University and a Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He focuses in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a utilitarian perspective. Among his most famous works, Singer is the author of “Animal Liberation” and “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”.
Lindström has been a volunteer in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Animal Rights Sweden. Lindstrom is perhaps best known for his spectacular campaigns, and for his signum “naked animal activism”. Among other things, he has gone on hunger strike in a small cage at the Sergel Square in Stockholm in protest against the closure of the Animal Welfare Agency. Has gone “on loan” at the Malmö public library in an attempt to decrease prejudice against animal rights activists; and has staged numerous “meat tray” demonstrations (naked humans in big meat trays to protest against the meat industry). Lindström advocates the development of in vitro meat to replace the exploitation of sentient intact animals. In 2008 he participated in the world’s first international in vitro meat symposium in Oslo and in 2010 he put together an exhibition about in vitro meat at the Malmö Museum. In 2009 Lindström was elected as Europe’s sexiest vegetarian, a competition organized by PETA. Lindstrom is also involved in refugee politics. In 2008, he launched the network Vellinge Citizens for Refugees to promote a warmer welcome for refugees. He is also a member of Mensa.
he participated in the world’s first international in vitro meat symposium in Oslo and in 2010 he put together an exhibition about in vitro meat at the Malmö Museum. In 2009 Lindström was elected as Europe’s sexiest vegetarian, a competition organized by PETA. Lindstrom is also involved in refugee politics. In 2008, he launched the network Vellinge Citizens for Refugees to promote a warmer welcome for refugees. He is also a member of Mensa.
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