The Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD)

The mission of BCMD is to nurture a culture of democracy by strengthening media, expanding public discourse, and providing essential training and education for key persons who will have a direct impact on Bhutan's democratic transition and the creation of democratic institutions.
Nov 5, 2014

Social Media Conversations

As a part of our social media conversation we have led a series of half-day conversation with students, teachers and civil society members to talk about social media. Participants shared how most of them do not have any privacy settings on their personal Facebook profile, how they just accept friend requests from people they don't even know and how they prefer sitting behind a computer or a smart phone and stay up till 12 at night rather than being on a play ground.
We discussed the implications of some of these trends and how it affects the users. For example- when you allow your photo to be on a public Facebook page, you are actually giving permission for anyone on the page to download your picture and do whatever they want with it.
The conversation engaged over 70 high school youths and teachers and has resulted in increased understanding of social media and its code of ethics. 
Nov 5, 2014

Open Mic Night

In a small community it is important that the members engage in quality discussions and dialogues on various issues. But often, discussions can be boring or just meaningless. With our fun and small group conversations at our open mic nights, we bring in a diverse group of people from all walks of life to engage in discussions or sometimes just sharing things that we are passionate about. 

In September’s open mic night we screened one of the acclaimed Bhutanese short films “the Red Door.” The film by Tashi Gyeltshen makes its viewers feel the presence of time. The screening was followed by a lively discussion with the film maker and sharing of views of the audience on their own comprehension of the film and also discussing about the the commercialisation of films and Bhutanese films.

During our October open mic night we invited three core speakers to talk about mental health, dealing with Stress and youth leadership. Ms. Prativa Pradhan, Martin Tan and Dr. Damber Kr. Nirola talked on the issues.

We saw a wider diversity in the participants that attended ranging from high school students to fresh graduates to civil servants.

Nov 5, 2014

Youth Leadership Skills Workshop

A program designed for self-discovery that begins with an expedition into ones inner terrain and enabling oneself to commit and guide others along the path towards distinction. To lead is to go; to travel; and to guide and when the 30 youths gathered at the Media Lab, they all looked inspired waiting to liberate the leader within.

Over two days, 30 youths learned finding their own voice and setting example. They also looked into how a leader envisions future and always share a common vision. Experimenting and taking risk by constantly generating small wins and learning from experience were also confirmed. Fostering collaboration, strengthening others by self-determination and competence were also some of the values introduced.

The workshop ended by bringing out how leaders recognize contributions and celebrate values by creating a spirit of community.

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