Dr. Karma Phuntsho | Ethically Bringing Entrepreneurship Into Traditional Communities

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Dr. Karma Phuntsho | Ethically Bringing Entrepreneurship Into Traditional Communities

Dr. Karma Phuntsho

Posted on June 23, 2021

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“Leaders must be clear about having good, benevolent, and altruistic intentions to help others. It’s an essential quality of a leader.”

Dr. Karma Phuntsho is a leading intellectual from the tiny, fascinating nation of Bhutan. Dr. Phuntsho strives to bring modern education and entrepreneurship into traditional communities, like his own, while carefully preserving their heritage and cultural integrity for future generations.

Dr. Phuntsho drives these initiatives as the president and founder of the Loden Foundation. He is also a prolific writer and speaker on social entrepreneurship, Bhutanese culture, Buddhism, leadership, and more. His book, The History of Bhutan, is considered the first comprehensive work on Bhutanese history in English and received the 2015 Outstanding Title Award from Choice Magazine

Before launching the Loden Foundation, Dr. Phuntsho completed monastic training. He then continued his education as a student and researcher at institutions like Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the University of Virginia. He currently lives in Thimphu, Bhutan.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why cultural ethics matter in entrepreneurship
  • How good karma applies to good leadership
  • Incredible stories of entrepreneurship in Bhutan
  • Which ethical challenges face Bhutan in business
  • How Bhutan’s aspiring business leaders are thriving
  • What does entrepreneurship in Bhutan look like
  • How small, less developed communities naturally mitigate societal issues
  • About the unsettling speed of change in Bhutan
  • How traditional cultures are adjusting to modern changes
  • Why change in the modern world can be a good thing
  • The surprisingly positive benefits of emptiness
  • What the term ‘karma’ means to Karma
  • And so much more!

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