Greetings CMC and Vail Valley Edwards Community!
My name is Mercedes and I am a professor and lead faculty for the Sustainability Studies Bachelor’s program (BASS) at the Vail Valley at Edwards Campus. This fall the Sustainability Studies students were invited by Royal Thimphu College (RTC) to travel to the remote Asian country of Bhutan for an academic field experience. To make a beautiful and long story short, this scholarly opportunity emerged after a presentation that I gave at the government’s Gross National Happiness Conference in November 2017, entitled, “Sustainability and Happiness: Bringing an Authentic Ethic to the Business Model.”
RTC is located in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Many at RTC and CMC have worked tirelessly over the past year to bring this field experience to fruition. And I could not be more grateful to all of those who played a critical role with their enthusiastic support, kindness, and open-hearted wisdom in recognizing the incredible learning that this field experience holds for our students.
Our BASS students are excited to share their insightful journey with you! Please enjoy this scholarly blog that will detail many diverse aspects of Bhutan. Our posts will appear weekly, but please know that at times our internet connectivity is intermittent.
As is the nature of sustainability, we will endeavor to provide the audience with a cultural, ecological, political economic, historical, philosophical, and social perspective. We hope you will find our blog to be an inspirational and intellectual reflection, in the spirit of discovery, which helps us all to see and understand the lessons, theories, and practices of sustainability which converge so well in the Kingdom of Bhutan, the land of the thunder dragon.