16th July 2016 - The big day arrived! 10 fellows. 10 journeys. 1 year. 1 fellowship.
Our 10 selected fellows arrived from all over India and abroad, having travelled for hours - - and some for even days- to (finally) arrive at the Art of Living International Center in Bangalor for their Social Impact Induction Bootcamp.
The Social Impact Induction is a 3-week power-packed, intense bootcamp to train and equip the selected fellows with the skills, knowledge, perspectives and driven inspirations needed to become social impact leaders.
Day 1 of the Fellowship began with a grand inauguration ceremony, an inspirational address by Commodore Harsha, CEO of Art of Living Projects, who emphasized the spirit of service and the innate drive to contribute to society to make a difference. "All of us at the Art of Living are here because we don't think "what do I want" but we think "what do I want to be a part of, in what way can I best contribute to society".
Himanshu Kalra, COO of Art of Living Projects, goaded the fellows to reflect on what they were here for. As he shared his own social impact journey , Himanshu probed the fellows to ask themselves, "Change starts with me, but where do I start?".
Himanshu also discussed the Art of Living's Approach to Development and engaged the fellows to explore what Development was and what the core of Development is. "The core of Development is People. It's not about numbers but it's about people. And nobody understands and empowers people like the Art of Living does".
Swami Parametej, moervoer, emphasized the importance of having a vision and of spirituality in leadership. "First and foremost thing to be a good leader is you must have a Vision.It is your vision which will be your constant source of strength, preserverance and enthusiasm and it is your vision, the intensity of your vision that will determine the speed of your success.".
The inspirational addresses were followed by a sumptuous lunch and an enriching tour around the Art of Living International Center, topped with a fun get-together and bhangra dance party.
"After the sessions I just feel like going to the field and working with the people", shared Aarohi Trivedi, a M.A Graduate in English Literature from Mumbai University who is our Education Fellow.
" I have always wanted to make an impact, especially in water, but now with this fellowship I feel I can finally do it", shares Dattarey Patil, our Water Fellows.
"Day 1 was filled with so many events, intensity and fun, I can't wait to see what all unwraps infront of us during this induction!", says Suprita Kanwat, a Ph.D from I.I.T Kanpur who is one of our water fellows.