4 lessons from Bhutan on the pursuit of happiness above GDP

4 lessons from Bhutan on the pursuit of happiness above GDP

In the picture:Novice monks at the Dechen Phrodrang Buddhist monastery walk down a hillside to have breakfast in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.       Waking to the sound of monks chanting prayers and drumming their gongs during countless traditional pujas, a ceremony of honour, worship and devotion; running up the steep Himalayan mountain slopes under […]

May I have your attention, please?

May I have your attention, please?

Mindfulness could benefit individuals and organisations and transform the way we live and work, according to a researcher from Singapore Management University.  Whenever you need a break at work, instead of checking your social media account, try this instead: STOP, and by that I mean Stop, Take a breath, Observe and Proceed. Stop whatever you […]

How do you build an international university from Scratch?

How do you build an international university from Scratch?

By Francisco Marmolejo Recently, I wrote a column discussing the challenges and opportunities associated with the creation of new higher-education institutions, in which I made reference to the specific case of Albukhary International University in Malaysia. This second article describes interesting experiences of a similar kind in India. School children in India. Poised to become […]

How do you build an international university from Scratch?

(Part 2) Cases in India By Francisco Marmolejo Recently, I wrote a column discussing the challenges and opportunities associated with the creation of new higher-education institutions, in which I made reference to the specific case of Albukhary International University in Malaysia. This second article describes interesting experiences of a similar kind in India. School children […]

You’re known by the company you keep

You’re known by the company you keep

In the last couple of days, two significant things happened; News Corp recorded a loss of $1.3bn and Standard Chartered a severe depreciation in its value. With News Corp the losses preceded the announcement Ð it was coming with no small help from the hacking scandal which continues to capture the attention of the media […]

Asia Microfinance Forum 2010

The Asia Microfinance Forum 2010 gathered more than 450 experts from over 50 countries in October in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ÊConvened by the Banking With the Poor Network (BWTP) and organised byÊthe Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC), the three day forum brought together industry experts to brainstorm on the role of microfinance in achievingÊfinancial inclusion […]

At Home

Hello – is anybody home? What does it mean to feel “at home” in this world? I often feel at home when I can laugh with a friend Ð where openness, trust and mutual revelation are like comfortable furniture. Slumber offers a similar experience. But when not asleep, where on Earth am I most at […]