New book on Mindful Communication for Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Asia published to rethinking communication for development
Mindful Communication for Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Asia is the title of a new book published by SAGE as a result of the project supported by UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication and implemented by the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
The project aimed at incorporating the Asian philosophical concepts into the communication theories of the journalism institutes in the region and encouraging communicators to look into the Asian socio-economic realities, and cultural and philosophical perspectives to practice journalism.
“With the United Nations promoting sustainable development, we felt that there is much to learn from ancient Asian philosophical teachings that could be adopted in communicating for sustainable development such as mindfulness, sufficiency economy and paths for addressing issues of unsatisfactoriness” said the editor of the book Kalinga Seneviratne, lecturer at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University.
In the past two decades, mass communication and journalism institutes have grown across Asia. But with over dependence on American textbooks, existing communication theories were adopted uncritically.
The book provides a plurality of viewpoints and pathways to open up the minds of communicators and to adopt mindful communication methods to help achieve sustainable development. It encourages us to rethinking communication for a development that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, drawing ideas from eastern philosophical concepts emanating from Buddhist, Hindu and Confucius thought.
Mindful Communication for Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Asia. February 2018. 372 pages. SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/mindful-communication-for-sustainable-development/book261649