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Silver Donald Cameron

Welcome to Silver Donald Cameron’s blog! Dr Cameron is the author of 18 books and of many plays, films, magazine articles, radio and TV scripts. He is currently the host and executive producer of thegreeninterview.com and of its feature documentary, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. He also teaches a Green Rights course at Cape Breton University, where he earlier served as professor, dean and writer-in-residence.

Counting What Counts

The ‘Dock Deck Doc’ – Multimedia Storytelling in the Web-Wide World

Shrinking traditional print markets and dropping fees are making it harder for many freelancers to earn a living. One veteran Canadian journalist shares how he’s learned to capitalize on deeply-researched content by expanding into multiple media formats with partners experienced in radio, television and the web.

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Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness

This Special Presentation began as an interview with the Honourable Jigme Yoser Thinley, the first elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, whose government aims to entrench and extend Bhutan’s long-standing goal of expanding Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product. To put the interview in context, we prepared an original half-hour documentary film, using footage of Bhutan shot by Silver Donald Cameron and by Nova Scotia film-maker Kent Martin.

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Silver Donald Cameron’s TEDx talk on Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

I’m a huge fan of the TED talks, 18-minute nuggets of wisdom, insight, fun and stimulation. If you don’t know them, you have a treat in store at www.ted.com. So I was thrilled when I was invited to speak at a TEDx event in Halifax last June – a local, self-organized occasion licensed by TED to bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

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Bhutan! Our First Special Presentation (with notes on newspaper managers’ decisions, the joys of home care, and other matters)

But first: Bhutan! Nearly 40 years ago, the Fourth Dragon King of Bhutan famously declared to a visiting journalist that Gross National Product was not as important as Gross National Happiness. At the time, Bhutan was a feudal monarchy without highways, hospitals, a postal system or a national currency.

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The Happiness of David Cameron – Sunday column, December 5, 2010

And now for some good news. David Cameron – not my brother, the guy in No. 10 Downing Street – has been musing aloud that maybe the Gross Domestic Product, a narrow financial measure developed during the economic maelstrom of the 1930s, doesn’t adequately describe human life in the globalized 21st century.  In these musings, Cameron echoes French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who in 2008 commissioned a panel of eminent economists to seek a better measurement than GDP.

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