Sufficiency thinking: Thailand's gift to an unsustainable world

Gayle C. Avery (Editor), Harald Bergsteiner (Editor)

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Our world is under pressure, with growing inequalities in wealth and access to food and clean water. We depend too heavily on polluting fuels and diminishing natural resources. Traditional cultural practices are being swamped by global popular culture. The Thai model of sufficiency thinking aims to transform the mindset of a whole population to achieve the seemingly impossible: enriching everyone's lives in a truly sustainable way. Innovative management practices developed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand have been applied across Thailand in agriculture, education, business, government and community organisations for over two decades. In this book, chapters written by eminent Thai scholars explain sufficiency thinking and review its implementation in different sectors including community development, business, agriculture, health care, schools, and even in prisons. Is Thailand unique in having discovered the holy grail of a more responsible form of capitalism? No, it is not, but it is the first country whose government has adopted this kind of thinking as national policy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Number of pages293
ISBN (Print)9781760292911
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Sustainable living -- Thailand
  • Energy conservation -- Thailand


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