'Bhutan Dialogues' Goes Global To Discuss Issues Concerning Development, Education, Climate Change And More
Bhutan Dialogues is a forum where leaders and change-makers can talk about policies, issues, challenges and solutions surrounding developmental situations of the country.
By Phub Gyem | BBS
The United Nations in Bhutan and Loden Foundation are taking ‘Bhutan Dialogues’ global with the launch of an independent website for the forum.
Bhutan Dialogues is a forum where leaders and change-makers can talk about policies, issues, challenges and solutions surrounding developmental situations of the country. The website was launched on February 14.
Inspired by Krista Tippet and her programme 'On Being' - a public radio show and podcast in the US, Bhutan Dialogues aims to conduct better conversations with humility, patience and hospitality.
Purpose of initiating the Bhutan Dialogues
Bhutan Dialogues forum was initiated a year and a half ago with the objective of disseminating knowledge and information. It also aims to cultivate critical and analytical thinking among Bhutanese people.
Some of the objectives include: creating a forum for civil conversations, for mindful listening, right speech, in depth discussions and cordial debates.
By initiating this space, Bhutan Dialogues will be inviting thought leaders and development experts to share their stories, ideas and experiences.
The key focus is on young people to understand the country’s overall situation of development in the areas of governance, economy, education and climate change.
“It is basically to show to the rest of the world that there is a lot of discursive dialogic discussions going on here in Bhutan on development in general, particularly sustainable development that is today current in the global arena,” said Karma Phuntsho (PhD), the Founder of Loden Foundation.
Audio and visual recordings of all the past 14 sessions of the Bhutan Dialogues can be accessed online
Karma Phuntsho (PhD), the Founder of Loden Foundation hosts the Bhutan Dialogues forum which is held on every second Thursday of the month.
An independent website for the Bhutan Dialogues will also make the past sessions easily accessible to a larger number of audiences for a greater impact. It will give access to the Bhutanese who were not able to attend the forum.
Source: Youtube/Bhutan Dialogues
The website - www.bhutandialogues.bt will have links to audio and visual recordings of all the past 14 sessions of the Bhutan Dialogues.
What Gerald Daly, the United Nations Resident Coordinator (Bhutan) thinks about Bhutan Dialogues
“We know from other countries, 192 countries that are member states of the UN, that if we dialogue on the challenges faced, we are more likely to come up with innovative solutions. That’s why Loden Foundation is working with the UN as it believes that it is wise for us to continue the opportunity through Bhutan Dialogues,” said Gerald Daly, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bhutan.
This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.