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Creativity, courage and a sense of innovation

We live in a time of disruption and of transition, traditional academic training does not give to young people the skills and competencies that they will need to invent the new society that we desperately need. Simply conforming to the expectations of a broken system bears no future.

What young people need more than ever is creativity, courage, a sense of innovation and entrepreneurship in the true sense of the word. Entrepreneurship not in the sense of striving for economic profit, but social entrepreneurship based on the perception of the needs of our time and acting courageously to find new solutions and innovative practices.

I am convinced that an artistic training and experience such as the one offered by yep! will unleash creativity, a sense of daring and deepen the ability to perceive deeply, all qualities that are of outmost importance.

I can only encourage young people who are looking for a sense on purpose and for a deeper meaning in their life to join this wonderful initiative.

Dr. Ha Vinh Tho
Programme Director
Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan

About Dr. Ha Vinh Tho

Dr. Ha Vinh Tho, PhD. Switzerland/Vietnam/Bhutan, is the Program Development Coordinator of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. He is in charge of setting the learning objectives, developing the curriculum and the learning process both for Bhutanese and international participants.

He has been the Head of training, learning and development at the International Committee of the Red Cross from 2005 to 2011. In this position he has developed and implemented a »People Leadership and Management program« for over 600 mid level managers and 140 senior managers including all the executives of the ICRC. He has trained humanitarian professionals working in war zones and emergency response in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Dr. Ha Vinh is the founder and chairman of Eurasia Foundation, a humanitarian NGO developing educational programs for children and youths living with disabilities, as well as ecological projects in Vietnam. He is a visiting fellow in adult education and humanitarian work in several Universities (Hue/Vietnam, UCL/Belgium, Geneva/Switzerland).

His fields of research include: Cognitive and emotional development, social and motivational dimensions of learning, multiple intelligence, contemplative learning practices, interactive learning strategies, biographical dimensions of learning, mentoring and coaching He is a Buddhist teacher (Dharmacharya) in the Tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism (ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh).

Interviews with Dr. Ha Vinh Tho:
Lehren aus Bhutan: Der Weg zum Glück (lzplay / 3:04min)
Im Interview mit dem Ministerium für Glück und Wohlbefinden (youtube / 6:20min)

Latest Book:
»Grundrecht auf Glück: Bhutans Vorbild für ein gelingendes Miteinander«, Dr. Ha Vinh Tho, Nymphenburger Verlag

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