Think tank start-up training in Nepal challenges participants to develop a change story

Graduation photo of the 2015 Think Tank Start-up Training 2015, held in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley.

Think Tank Start-up Training 2015 in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley brought together more than 20 leaders from think tanks representing more than 10 countries across Asia. The in-depth management and leadership training was held in advance of Asia Liberty Forum 2015, and was facilitated by Asia Centre for Enterprise (ACE), in partnership with Atlas Network.

As part of the training, participants were challenged to develop updated vision statements, develop a change story, and identify their organizations’ enablers and blockers. Additionally, they participated in sessions on creating an impactful message and on the fundamentals of fundraising.

Each one of the participants left the training with an action plan and immediate next steps to advance the change stories in their organizations across Asia.

At the heart of the Nepali freedom movement: From left to right: Akash Shrestha of Samriddhi – The Prosperity Foundation (Nepal), Govinda Siwakoti of Onion Films (Nepal), Suman Rai of Bikalpa – An Alternative (Nepal), and Raju Sharma of Awaaz (Nepal).

In center, Arailym Ashirbekova of Young Entrepreneurs Club (Kazakhstan) talks with fellow participants about her organization’s change story.

The Asia Centre for Enterprise (ACE) team lead this inspiring and in-depth training. From left to right: Manali Shah, Baishali Bomjan, and Srijan Bandyopadhyay.

Raju Sharma of Awaaz (Nepal) shares his organization’s vision statement with Arailym Ashirbekova of Young Entrepreneurs Club (Kazakhstan).

Think Tank Start-up participants in group discussions to identify their organizations’ enablers and blockers.

On right, Usha Devi Sabanayagam of Institute for Leadership & Development Studies – LEAD (Malaysia) listens as Linda Whetstone, Board member of Atlas Network (USA) and Chairman & CEO of Network for a Free Society (United Kingdom) shares her journey in the liberty movement as part of the training’s closing activity, Mentors Café.

On left, Syed Ali Ehsan of Policy Research Institute for Market Economy – PRIME (Pakistan) listens as Bridgett Wagner, Director of Coalition Relations for The Heritage Foundation (USA) shares her story during Mentors Café.