Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal

Mar 17, 2014

Social Artistry Trainings Are Reaching Many

Women's Training in Changu

Social Artistry Leadership Training for members of Rotaract Club of Manohara and Leo Club of Kathmandu Fulbari

ICA Nepal facilitated the social artistry leadership training jointly organized by Rotaract Club of Manohara and Leo Club of Kathmandu Fulbari. Mr. Amba Dutta Bhatta facilitated the training. The major aim of the training was to provide knowledge about different dimensions of leadership. The participants and organizers were very satisfied and happy with the sessions conducted, and the tools that were learned. 

Social Artistry Orientation to Research Students of PhD Centers

An orientation session for research students was conducted to provide the basic concepts of Social Artistry. It was shared how social artists help others to realize their innate personal qualities and understand the responsibility of personal and social transformation. Ms. Pramila KC, a member of the leadership team facilitated the session.

 Social Artistry Orientation to Interact Club of Glen Buds School

Orientation Sessions with members of Interact Club of Glen Buds School have been conducted. Dilli Upadhaya, President for Rotaract Club of Rudramati Babarmahal is supporting Ms. Pramila KC to mobilize the students to establish a Junior Social Artist Club/Community in the coming days.


Interactions and meetings are being held with school teachers, rotaract members, and the ICA/SA team to to develop young social artists who will utilize their inner potentials to bring a positive change in the school and the community. They will learn about the skills to identify our hidden talents and reaching a new level of leadership. The youths will be provided an introduction to social artistry.  Its basic tools, methods and concept will be shared in order to explore the inner capacity inherent in them. Youths will be so mobilized that they will be involved in micro-level projects and assignments. A group of students will work as social artists and perform various tasks and carry out activities within a school, or a local community that woill explore the leadership quality and inner capacity of the group, of school and the local community as a whole.

Certain funds has been allocated for the projects designed by the students. Ms. Pramila KC in coordination with the ICA/SA team will work with students to implement the projects.

Social Artistry Leadership Training to Social Mobilizers of ILRA Project Working in Far Western Region:

Here, we introduced Social Artistry tools as one of the major tools of social mobilization process. The training was facilitated by Atma Ram Timsina and RC Lamichhane.

 Micro Grants of Progressive Women’s Group:

Women of the Changu area are being united through SA training to transform their own area. They are involved in various activities and with the micro grant support of the Jean Houston Foundation, they are motivating local girls particularly of menstruating age to use hygienic practices such as using sanitary pads. Since the sanitary pads are expensive and the girls cannot afford them, the women are producing low cost sanitary pads and providing to the girls for a nominal cost. Mrs. Dewaka Shrestha, who has been trained in SA is coordinating this task.

Participants engaged in appreciation process
Participants engaged in appreciation process


Nov 11, 2013

SA Training with Business Leaders in Nepal

This report is an accounting of the initial SA training that helped build the relationship between Nepal Cloth Merchant and Tailoring Association (NCMTA) and ICA Nepal.  There were 71 NCMTA members who participated in the training at the Shiva Village Commuinty Hall, Kawasaoti, Nawalparasi district, Nepal.

•This report highlights in brief the overall activities conducted during the Social Artistry Training conducted in Nawal Parasi district through the support of ICA Nepal. 
•The project is built around the partnership between NCMTA Nepal and ICA Nepal with an aim to deliver overall leadership quality to the members of the NCMTA
•The reports highlights the way forward and recommendations regarding the partnership between NCMTA and ICA and its impact on the beneficiary group.
Purpose and Role of NCMT:
•Nepal Cloth Merchant and Tailoring Association (NCMTA) is a registered non government commodity association established in 1995.
•NCMTA aims to organize all the cloth and tailoring entrepreneurs throughout the nation  with in an umbrella organization.
•NCMTA aims to develop the overall social, economical  and psychological aspects of cloth and tailoring  entrepreneurs .
•NCMTA  specifically is focusing on the overall  development of tailoring professionals( traditionally associated with tailoring profession) socially and economically marginalized as secluded caste in the society.
•NCMTA to accomplish its objectives of empowering cloth and tailoring entrepreneurs organizes business skills, vocational skills, leadership skills and social and interpersonal skills through the support of various non government, government ,charitable and professional organizations.
•NCMTA  has 40 district committees and aims to expand through out the 75 district of Nepal.
Some Objectives for the Training:
•Enable trainees to realize their innate personal qualities
•Develop self esteem subject to achieving personal and organizational goals
•Enable trainees to understand the complex social structures based on diverse social, cultural, geographic and traditional values
•Enhance the ability to identify themselves in such a complex group and enable them to understand their responsibility for personal and social transformation.
Results of the Training:
•The SA training program overall enabled the trainees to be aware of their role in the community and in an organization regarding the capacity they already possess within themselves.
• Trainees realized the diversity of social thoughts and thoughts of the generation and groups they live in and could determine to act accordingly for the harmonious decisionmaking within the group
•Trainees were spellbound throughout the 2-day program due to the training that focused into their inner consciousness, the strength of the sensory organs and its proper utilization for decisionmaking, leadership and moving forward in every aspect of life.
Planning to Move Forward:
•Accomplishment of this program is just the beginning for NCMTA and ICA partnership since NCMTA has incalculably realized the positive impact of the SA program for its members for them to grow psychologically, socially and economically.
•NCMTA and ICA shall focus on the delivery of at least a 3-day SA program to each of its 40 districts of the Nation.
•The SA Training for Trainers (TOT) shall be organized for the active executive central members and to the district level executive members of the NCMTA. This shall expand the delivery of SA more effectively and cost effectively. 
•A well planned one-year SA program delivery schedule shall be prepared for effective moving forward in rendering the SA leadership training to NCMTA members.
Jun 17, 2013

Head of SA Committee in Nepal Visits the US

Youth Leadership Training Exercise
Youth Leadership Training Exercise

Tatwa Timsina was recently in the United States and met with social artists in Chicago.  Consultant, researcher, teacher, and Social Artistry facilitator, Tatwa Timsina is the executive director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Kathmandu, Nepal.  In working with community development in Nepal, Tatwa guides Social Artistry leadership training, program design, project management and strategic planning.  He brings volunteers, programs and financial support from international agencies together with community projects such micro-loans, sustainable agriculture, health awareness, gender issues, youth education and others.

Tatwa reported on the youth leadership training conducted in Nepal earlier this year and its success.

1. Introduction:

Institute of Cultural Affairs organized a day long introductory Training Program on Social Artistry Leadership. All together 24 Youths attended the program representing the different Rotaract Clubs from the zone 5 group of Nepal. All the participants were students from the different backgrounds of studies. Since all the participants were Rotaractors all of them have the deep interest of Social Work so that the title itself attracted them to participate in the training.

 Mr. Amba Dutta Bhatta took the lead role of the training and Mr. Deepak Adhikari supported him as the co-facilitator.

 2. Rational Objective of the Training:

To help our participants learn about the skills to indentify their hidden talents and acquire a new level of motivation through active imagination.

3. Experiential Objective of the Training:

Participants will get the opportunity to practice the tools, to activate their imagination capabilities through the exercises on Sensory physical, Psychological historical, Mythic Symbolic and Unitive integral levels.  This will give the participants an initial experience of the basic Social Artistry approach.  

Tatwa was the third social artist this year to visit the United States from Nepal.  In February Anita Shrestra and Akim Shrestra participated in the Creative Community Building Conference and Social Artistry Trainer's Training held in Colqluitt, Georgia.  All three are members of the Social Artistry Leadership Program team in Nepal.

Confidence and Esteem Building Exercise
Confidence and Esteem Building Exercise
Mar 19, 2013

Nepali Trainers Part of Creative Community Buildin

Colquitt, Georgia, USA, was the site of the Creative Community Building Conference, held for the 7th year, with participants from various communities in USA as well as representatiaves from Nepal.  Colquitt is the home of Swamp Gravy, Georgia's Folk Life Play, which is an important part of the Social Artistry approach in building creative communities.  The conference featured two exciting tracks:  Empowerment Through the Art of Storytelling and The Art of Social Change.  The conference was January 31-February 3, 2013.  The conference was preceded by a 3-day Introduction to Social Artistry Leadership, and the conference was followed by a 5-day Social Artistry Trainer's Training.

Akim Shrestha and Anita Shrestha, two Social Artistry trainers from the Nepali leadership team in Kathmandu were able to participate in the events.  They returned to Nepal to share with their team the processes and knowledge they gained from the events.  Akim is one of the first first social artists in Nepal and brings Social Artistry into her work as well as significant contributions she makes in her volunteer social change activities.  Anita's focus is bringing the power of Social Artistry to leadership in the political arena, both local and national.  

Social artists in the USA continue to support the work in Nepal with monthly contributions.  The Nepali leadership team of 8 social artists (overseen by Tatwa Timsina) are in charge of leading the Social Artistry work in Nepal.  This includes local and regional introductions to Social Artistry, community development projects to address training of youth, agricultural initiatives for food sustainability, education, reduction in infant mortality and other related endeavors. 



Dec 17, 2012

Seventeen Days of Social Artistry Activities in Nepal

Deepak Speaking at Youth Conference
Deepak Speaking at Youth Conference

Seventeen Days of Social Artistry Activities in Nepal

The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) 8th Global Conference on Human Development.  

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind of Social Artistry activities in Nepal.  I headed to Nepal to participate in The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) 8th Global Conference on Human Development.   ICA and Social Artistry have a long history of collaborating in various parts of the world.  Participating in the events included the following Social Artists: Rob Work, Rosemary Dowling, Karen Johnson, Marie-Therese Fournier, Evelyn Philbrook and myself.   The Social Artistry network in Nepal was also quite engaged including some of the folks you have met, Tatwa Timsina, Amba Bhattari, Atma Timsina, RC, Pramila, Juju and Kusendra.  Deepak coordinated the two-day youth conference.   The time provided an incredible mixing of friends and colleagues from the SA and ICA networks—working together. 

The following is a brief snapshot of the events that happened. 

Pre-Conference events included a sacred sites tour of the Kathmandu Valley and a two-day introduction to Social Artistry attended by over 30 people from 8 countries. 

The conference had over 300 at the opening and 200 daily participants in six theme groups.  I coordinated the theme group on ‘Growing a New Sense of Leadership’.  Rob, Rosemary, and Marie-Therese joined me and several of our Nepal social artists in this group.  After two-days of discerning the key components of the new emerging leadership, Rosemary, Amba joined Kevin Balm of Australia and Mark Pixley of China to design a mandela holding 4 key external components and 4 internal components of a new leadership.  A final model is being drafted.  We will continue to have virtual dialogues on our understanding of the new leader and how to create the environment for the development of these leaders. 

Karen Johnson joined the Education of the 21 century theme group, sharing her insights from the Teacher as Social Artist.  

The Leadership theme and the Community Development theme-group both had a field visit to Nela east of Kathmandu to visit with Social Artist Nirmala Shrestha , a women leader, mobilizing hundreds of women and youth by applying SA. 

The post-conference period included a two-day conference follow-up, 2 training programs and a ½ day congress.

A smaller group gathered to harvest and celebrate the conference at Nagakot, the top of the first ridge of mountains surrounding Kathmandu.  The sunrises were amazing, if you stood on tip toe you might catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest.   We provided updates on the national work of ICAs and associated organizations.  Evelyn and I shared our work globally on SA.  There were also additional expressions of interest for Social Artistry from India, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan, Chili and Europe.

Pramila, Evelyn and I traveled to the TITI (Technical Training Institute) for a three-day Introduction to SA for over 40 of their staff.  They wanted a team building and vision experience for a cross section of their staff.  We also conducted a one-day training for a TLC that Pramila is helping conduct.

Finally, we gathered for a ½ day congress to explore the next year of "growing the field of Social Artistry."   We conducted a trim-tab for the future development of Social Artistry Introduction workshops and micro-grants.  ICA Nepal will continue to host the SA workshops and coordination of initiatives.  The broader Social Artistry network will support this for a year with a $300 a month grant.  This will enable a part-time person to coordinate and implement training events. 

Nepal Social Artistry team at ICA Conference
Nepal Social Artistry team at ICA Conference

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