Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Screening 'Made in Bhutan' in Belgium

On 20th May, we successfully screened the documentary of the Loden Foundation titled 'Made in Bhutan' in Brussels, Belgium. The screening of the short documentary dedicated to young entrepreneurs in Bhutan was opened by H.E. Ambassador Sonam Tshong and followed by a roundtable discussion with Gerard Tardy and Dorji Tashi from Loden and Maarten Desmet from the University for Common Good. The event was attended by about 60 friends of Bhutan, including the Bolivian and the US Ambassadors.

Loden launched its Entrepreneurship Programme in 2008. Since then it has funded 63 local entrepreneurs, creating a total of over 300 employment opportunities nation wide. Initiated by the foundation, “Made in Bhutan” portrays this recent emergence of entrepreneurship. In 2012, pro-bono director Hirondelle Chatelard travelled the kingdom with a Bhutanese film crew meeting and interviewing entrepreneurs and key individuals.


Maarten Desmet, Gerard Tardy and Dorji Tashi on the panel
With Gerard Tardy and Dorji Tashi after the event


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Proud Dragon song



By Kinley Wangchuk and Ugyen Panday from Bhutan.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Made in Bhutan - a new documentary film

A new documentary film entitled 'Made in Bhutan' has been made on emerging entrepreneurs in Bhutan by Hirondelle Chatelard for the Loden Foundation


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Training at the Thimphu TechPark


During my recent stay in Bhutan I conducted a one-day training session on communication and presentation techniques at the Thimphu TechPark. I tend to provide such workshops whenever I can and I always enjoy the interaction with my Bhutanese friends and it is great to see their eagerness to learn. Not to mention the subtle cultural differences which make all of us laugh time to time. 

Thank you for the TechPark's staff, thank you for the participants. It was a great day!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

GNH Facilitator Training Program



Her Royal Highness Princess Kezang Choden Wangchuck launched the GNH Centre’s “GNH Facilitator Training Program” at Terma Linca resort in Thimphu.

GNH Centre’s executive director Dr Saamdu Chetri said the week-long training program, would bring together Bhutanese and international participants to envision how they might apply GNH related principles and lead similar programs in their own contexts.

I was fortunate to have been invited to attend the opening day of this interesting training program which helps spread the GNH values across the globe.

Monday, September 16, 2013

I'm back to Bhutan...

Back to Bhutan. Stunning landing, enjoying the aftershock of Thimphu Tsechu, eating tear-making ema datshi and meeting friends not seen for a year...


Monday, September 2, 2013

What is Happiness?

What is Happiness?

"Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions."
- Dalai Lama

"So don't wait another moment. Open an ice cold Coca-Cola and choose happiness!" - Coca-Cola marketing slogan


I'm confused. 


Sunday, July 28, 2013

A nice video from the Tourism Council of Bhutan

The Blue Orchid Sessions

'The Blue Orchid Sessions’ is a series of music videos from MEDIAMAX- supporting and exploring original Bhutanese composers and singers from diverse genres. It’s unplugged and audio recording is straight from the shoot location. For the fans, this is their chance to listen to music in its purest form without any digital adulteration. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Young democracy with young MPs

Being a constitutional monarchy since 2008, Bhutan is probably the world's youngest democracy. Yesterday, the country’s second parliamentary elections saw a voter turnout of 66% and the people of Bhutan elected the former opposition, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to form the new government. PDP was the world's smallest opposition with only two seats in the National Assembly between 2008 and 2013, but this time they won 32 seats out of 47. 


Among their newly elected representatives, there is a young film actress Kezang D Wangmo who has played in several popular feature films in Bhutan, recently in director Karma Tshering's new movie Karma.



Tshering Tobgay, PDP party leader with his family
Kezang D Wangmo

See detailed results of the elections HERE