Training

The IOH training component shall provide the skills for leadership in public services with a curriculum based on ethical leadership, social harmony, conflict resolution, mediation, and the well-being of the larger community. 

Upcoming training sessions

Social Enterprise New Venture Competition
The Institute of Happiness (IOH) is proud to announce its inaugural Social Enterprise New Venture Competition. This provides an opportunity for eligible Bhutanese students around the nation to explore social entrepreneurship and test ideas for social innovation. Businesses may include non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid business models. Judges will consist of Bhutanese business leaders and expert students and alumni at Harvard University.

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Urban Vision Expression Challenge (UVEC)
The UVEC is a platform of articulating through any forms of expression (paintings, sketches, models, poems, papers or any other forms) the imagination of our capital city in 2040! The challenge is expected to spur an innovative dialogue amongst the participants and public at large and also generate ideas towards preparing our urban cities for the future with the changing technology landscape. The UVEC could provide interesting policy, regulatory, technical and entrepreneurial ideas to the government, public & private sectors and to the youth and individuals.

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Business Case Competition
The Institute of Happiness (IOH) is proud to announce its inaugural Business Case Competition. This provides an opportunity for eligible Bhutanese students around the nation to explore solving real-life business challenges facing Bhutanese firms.

Bhutanese business leaders will present a specific challenge that they hope to address – in the sphere of technology and innovation – and students will compete in groups to address this challenge. Judges will consist of Bhutanese business leaders and expert students and alumni at Harvard University.

Details to be announced

Policy Competition
The Institute of Happiness (IOH) is proud to announce its inaugural Policy Competition. This provides an opportunity for eligible Bhutanese students around the nation to explore policymaking in the Kingdom of Bhutan by suggesting changes to the Bhutanese policy landscape.

Government leaders will present a specific policy challenge that they hope to address – in the sphere of technology and social innovation – and students will compete in groups to address this challenge. Judges will consist of Bhutanese government leaders and expert students and alumni at Harvard University.

Details to be announced

Previous sessions that we have held or supported

"Conflict and Cooperation in Asia" at the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies
by Kinga Tshering, Jun 2018

Kinga Tshering spoke to students in the class about the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) pioneered by Bhutan, as well as what the concept means in terms of sustainability, good governance, and cultural identity. He also discussed the Institute of Happiness that he is currently in the process of setting up. Students were invited to give feedback on the concept and issue areas they thought the Institute of Happiness should explore.

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Standing for Election: Perspectives on Public Service
by Kinga Tshering and David Razu Aznar, Feb 2017

The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Ford Foundation Mason Fellows Kinga Tshering of Bhutan and David Razu Aznar or Mexico offer a discussion of each of their past careers in public service. Both students have served in elected office, Kinga as a Member of Parliament in Bhutan's National Assembly, and David in Mexico City's Legislative Assembly.

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Future sessions that we hope to hold or support

1.    The Art of Persuasion
2.    Negotiation skills
3.    Mediation and Arbitration
4.    The Art of effective Communication
5.    Running for Office (Media training)
6.    Development Economics
7.    Adaptive Leadership