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I am a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction with twenty years of journalism experience. I am a columnist for Tricycle Magazine (it's about food mostly, with a sprinkling of Buddhism). Concurrent with my writing career, I have worked with numerous nonprofit organizations and major corporations as a communications director, development director and project coordinator. Since 2010 I have been Education Coordinator for the Lho Mon Society, developing curricular alternatives for the Kingdom of Bhutan in association with the Ministry of Education, the Royal Education Council and a number of NGOs. I am overseeing workshops for teacher development and integrated curriculum design while observing and participating in local classrooms. I received masters degree in creative writing, fiction, from Hunter College and am working on a novel.
  • A New Development Paradigm Takes Shape in Bhutan

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    For people who want to change the world, the departure lounge of Bhutan’s Paro international airport was the place to be on February 3rd this year. The simple confines of the terminal became an extension of the high level meetings that had taken place the week before, as members of […]

  • Transformative Pedagogy in Bhutan

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    Taking Bhutan as an example, the UN General Assembly recently invited countries “to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies.” The resolution said “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental […]

  • Thimphu’s Tipping Point

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    Last year, in Thimphu the capital of Bhutan, there was a pedestrian route that led from the center of the city’s  busy main street Norzin Lam up to the Chorten Lam thoroughfare. I would walk this path daily, though there was some risk involved: just after Thai Park, the sidewalk ended […]

  • Street Fights in Shangri-la

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    As part of our  coverage on “The New City” we asked our bloggers for some pictures from their cities. Are there any places in their cities that are prime examples for sustainable urban living? But it could also be a negative example in order to show how a city should […]

  • Harnessing Bhutan’s Sacred Rivers for Power

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    The other day I was in a taxi shuttling between Bhutan’s capital city of Thimphu and the Paro Valley along the Chhu River. I sat cleaved between two ladies in the back seat and as we passed the beautiful 14th century monastery of  Thangtong Gyalpo, the woman next to me tipped the last […]