Bhutan Dialogues

Bhutan Dialogues aims to invigorate development thinking in Bhutan and challenge experts and practitioners to deliberate on serious issues of development. This is an open space for critical and dynamic conversations with thought leaders and change-makers drawing upon their expertise, achievements and inspiration. Its objective is to refine our ideas and the pursuit of progress, and to align national goals with the global agenda.


Why does Civil Society matter In Bhutan?


Host: Dr Karma Phuntsho

The Founder and President of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes education, social entrepreneurship and Bhutan’s culture and tradition as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.

Speaker: Siok Sian Pek-Dorji

Siok Sian Pek-Dorji believes that as a small landlocked country in a global world, Bhutan’s identity lies in its ability to share its own stories. She has been telling Bhutan’s stories through news and magazine articles and documentaries in an effort to record the country’s rich culture, identity and its journey to modernity. Siok Sian is the founder-director of the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, and supports training for creative non-fiction writing, micro documentaries and multimedia storytelling in Bhutan. She is a co-director of the Mountain Echoes literary festival. Siok Sian Pek-Dorji is also a firm believer in the inherent need of growing civil society for Bhutan’s long-term sustainability and sovereignty.

Date: Thursday 13 September 2018

Venue: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NOTE: This session of Bhutan Dialogues will be followed by a short presentation on ‘How to Make a Career Choice?’. This is a special innovation to Bhutan Dialogues so as to provide an additional learning experience for those interested.

༈ འབྲུག་གི་གྲོས་བསྡུར་འཛམ་གླིང་གི་གནད་དོན་དང་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ཀྱི་གོང་འཕེལ་སྐོར་ལས་མནོ་རིག་དང་ལས་འཆར་ཚུ་ཞིབ་དཔྱད་དང་གསུང་གྲོས་གནང་སྟེ་ ཡར་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་མདུན་ལམ་གསལ་བའི་མཁས་པའི་གྲོས་བཤད་དང་མགོ་བསྡུར།

Bhutan Dialogues is an open platform for dynamic conversations on issues of national interest and with the objective to listen, share and refine our ideas in pursuit of social progress.

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Comparative Development Studies – Indonesia, Afganistan, Rwanda and Bhutan.


HostDr. Karma Phuntsho

The founder of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes education and entrepreneurship in Bhutan as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.

Speaker: Yoichiro Ishihara

World Bank’s Resident Representative and Senior Country Economist for Bhutan. Under the leadership of the Country Director, he leads the World Bank programs in Bhutan. He is a macroeconomist with a broad operational expertise, apt technical skills and rich client experience across various regions of the World Bank. He also worked for the policy department in Washington DC on development effectiveness and results management.

DATE: August 9 2018

VENUE: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

TIME: 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

This session of Bhutan Dialogues will be followed by a short presentation on How to give a good interview. This is a special innovation to Bhutan Dialogues so as to provide an additional learning experience for those interested.

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Where is Mental Health in Our Development?


Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho

The founder of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes education and entrepreneurship in Bhutan as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.

Speaker: Dr. Chencho Dorji

Bhutan’s first modern psychiatrist and first prison medical officer. He has devoted all of his time and effort in developing the Bhutanese Mental Health Services with main focus on community based mental health care. Among his many interests, he is an ardent follower of the Gross National Happiness philosophy of development. He is also keen on integrating Buddhist Principles in psychotherapy.

DATE: July 12th 2018

VENUE: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

TIME: 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

This session of Bhutan Dialogues will be followed by a short presentation on Principles of Good Website Design. This is a special innovation to Bhutan Dialogues so as to provide an additional learning experience for those interested.

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Youth Matters in Development


 

Topic: Youth Matters in Development

Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho is the founder of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes education and entrepreneurship in Bhutan as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.

Speaker: Aum Dorji Ohm is the Executive Director of Bhutan Youth Development Fund. She is also the chair of the National Action & Coordination Group of the South Asia Initiative to end Violence Against Children. Aum is also an instructor in Alternative Healing (pranic healing). She has a post graduate certificate in English Language and Literature from the Thames Valley University, London. During her spare time, Aum likes to practice yoga and meditation, read, write, trek and indulge herself in social work and designing (fashion and interior). She also enjoys volunteering for animal shelters and care.

Date:                   June 14, 2018

Venue:               UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

Time:                  4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

The June session of Bhutan Dialogues will be followed by a short training on how to write a good Curriculum Vitae (CV). This is a special innovation to ‘Bhutan Dialogues’ so as to provide an additional learning experience for those who are interested.

As usual, please register on Eventbrite for the June 14th event!

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Is education responsible for imparting culture?


Mindful of the upcoming National Council elections, we wish to announce that there will be no session of Bhutan Dialogues for the month of April. The next session of Bhutan Dialogues will as usual take place on the 2nd Thursday of May.

 

Topic: Is education responsible for imparting culture?

Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho is the founder of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes education and entrepreneurship in Bhutan as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.

Speaker: Dr. Francoise Pommaret (Aum Tashi Wangmo) is the recipient of National Order of Merit- Gold from His Majesty during the 2017 National day celebrations. She is a cultural anthropologist, Director of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research, France and Associate Professor at the College of Language and Culture (ILCS), Royal University of Bhutan. She has been associated with Bhutan in different capacities since 1981 and has published numerous scholarly articles and books on different aspects of Bhutanese culture. She is currently involved in the documentation of the Bhutan cultural atlas www.bhutanculturalatlas.org and is working on the interface between deities, local powers and migrations in Bhutan. In 2015, she was honored with the highest French award La Legion d’Honneur for her lifelong contribution to the relations between Bhutan and France.

Date:               May 10, 2018

Venue:            UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu

Time:               4 pm to 5:15 pm

 

The May session of Bhutan Dialogues will be followed by a short training on Power Point Presentation. This is a special innovation to ‘Bhutan Dialogues’ so as to provide an additional learning experience for those who are interested.

As usual, please register on Eventbrite for the May 10th event!

 

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