Arkhangai, Dalanzadgad, and South Gobi - Well-Being

The people of Mongolia have created a marketplace full of natural products. The majority of edible and wearable goods are made organically. Very few agriculture facilities are certified organic which provides a large value add opportunity for the Mongolia agriculture sector. Organic certification would greatly increase the market price of almost all Made-In-Mongolia goods. There are noticeable differences in the increase of taste, quality, digestibility, food edibility lifespan and health which are all benefits derived from having a lifestyle based on natural organic products.

Expansion of the Gobi Desert has increased dust in China and Korea due to wind patterns. To ameliorate this problem, Korea and Mongolia are working together to create a green corridor through the desert. In addition to stopping desertification, tree planting provides food for humans and animals, shade for travelers, wood for heating, roots to prevent erosion and fine dust, and income and employment for workers. Trees are truly an integral manifestation as they provide value to every part of their lives.

Family life is strong in Mongolia. In most situations, we visited camps which housed three generations and sometimes multiple branches of a family. Herding and agriculture production allows for generational connections and learning opportunities not present in other cultures. Time spent raising children within a solid family values ecosystem creates bonds and systems of trust.

The invention and proliferation of the satellite dish has had a profound effect on family values, behaviors and interactions. This technology has granted access to communications channels throughout the countryside in many cases increasing awareness of outside cultures and value systems. However, many 'adult' channels have not been encrypted in Mongolian airspace which has led to the intrusion of an external value set. This technological case study demonstrates how the connection between technology and well-being can serve to increase and decrease societal well-being.

Date Entered: July 2010