"In a gentle way, you can shake the world," Gandhi once said. It’s hard to believe that, when we feel disconnected. Instead, we fight for a bigger hammer – more money, more fame, more power. Just a few weeks ago, in Economist magazine, the head of Gallup summarized the global status quo like this: "Negative emotions -- the aggregate of stress, sadness, anger, worry and physical pain -- reached a record high last year."
In a context of compounding catastrophes, and dystopian narratives in the media, how do unleash our imagination and become co-creators of a different story? How do we respond to the personal, social and systemic gaps with a heart of compassion? Gandhi's recommendation was counter-intuitive: if an intervention doesn’t work, try a gentler one. If even that fails, go gentler still. Today’s culture tends to equate gentle with soft, but it’s hardly so. To be gentle is to be connected, and with that awareness, we can see more and do more. When our individual flow aligns with the collective flow, what might emerge in the wholeness of our connection? Like a murmuration of starlings, what innovations might we unlock if we are able to come together with heart of service?
In this gathering (in Parel East), everyday change-makers and NGO pioneers will listen to stories from our guest, interact with each other and collectively cite patterns of positive deviance around these principles -- and "heartstorm" how we might amplify the creative manifestation of that force in today's world.
Alongside local change-makers, we're also delighted to have Nipun Mehta join us. Some of you may remember his pre-pandemic trips to India; he's the founder of ServiceSpace, a distributed global movement founded on small acts of service that ignite shifts in individual and collective consciousness. Harnessing the collective power of networks and our deeper interconnectedness, their work has reached millions and mushroomed into numerous community-based projects as well as inspiring content portals. Nipun was honored as an "unsung hero of compassion" by the Dalai Lama, not long before former U.S. President Obama appointed him to a council for addressing poverty and inequality in the US. Yet the core of what strikes anyone who meets him is his regenerative joy: "We are not what we do, but who we become by what we do."
On Sunday Nov 27th, we will gather from 10:30AM to 1:30PM in Mumbai (in Parel East) . That will be followed by a lunch offering by the event hosts.
If you'd like to join, simply fill the RSVP form below.
We also request you to note that the event has limited capacity, so please look out for a confirmation email from the host team, closer to the date.
Looking forward to seeing you soon. May we weave threads of collaboration and sow seeds of friendship!