In-school education should be closely connected in practice with actual social life so that it transforms unconscious living into fully conscious participation in life and in society.
Inspired by the conviction that individuals with knowledge, resources and empathy must work with communities at the grassroots to encourage them to develop an alternative vision of their future and set achievable goals. The aim is to stimulate and support these communities to improve access to services and enhance their ecosystem.
District Gautambudh Nagar, U.P.
Bisrakh village (Bhati) is a block in Gautambudh Nagar District. It has122 government schools. Ravana was born here, Dussehra in never celebrated in this village.
Nearby cities: Greater Noida, Noida, Sikandrabad
Coordinates: 28°34'10"N 77°26'7"E
A literacy campaign to empower both the teacher and the learner at government block schools. Reinforcing a system that stimulates and encourages each child's unique creative potential, add joy to learning and empower his/ her lifelong growth and development.
Designed to be hands-on and experiential to create critical awareness of how the child is embedded in the social context. The campaign is focused to manifest this awareness in each child transforming them into balanced human beings who are courageous and committed in spirit, while being creative and caring in action.
Workshop on innovation and design leading to enterprise for artisans
An endeavor to mainstream conversations around social entrepreneurship, bolster efforts towards supporting grass-root communities’ access crucial networks and connections, W-Idea is a session that brings together an eclectic group of creative individuals across communities to decipher design and innovation stimulating enterprise in the ecosyst
Glass, Paper, Scissor
Glass, paper, Scissor
Glass beads have played a significant role as symbols of power and wealth, as objects of ritual, and traded as goods through time and across cultures
Purdilnagar, a small town in the state of Uttar Pradesh, near Hathras, has seen generations practice the art of making handcrafted colourful glass beads. These beads come in different, shapes, colours and designs. They were traditionally 'Furnace wound' but lately are also made with 'Torch' or 'Lamp' fired by gas. Almost every family in the town is involved in this craft in some way or the other. Recent design innovations have given this fast declining craft a fresh lease of life.
W-Idea gives a platform to supplement such efforts
Sanjhi narrates stories of Radha and Krishna set in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. It is an art of delicate paper stenciling. The word Sanjhi is believed to be derived from Sancha meaning a mould or dusk or Sajja/ Sajavat which means decoration.
What began as an art of 'rangoli' making with coloured powder and paper stencil, gradually declined. To keep it alive the artisans started using paper stencils in different forms. The designs saw a revival with many new influences like the 'Mughal Jaalis' and stylization of traditional motifs. Today, not many artisans are left in Mathura who practicing this art.
W-Idea aims to change that.
Transformation from a self centered way of life to one dedicated to the well being of others is the process of human revolution that can start here and now- in the heart of every one of us
Building life to life bonds with people creates value and this value expands hope amongst people.
Our vision is to
foster and forge capable
individuals towards 2030,
committed with the spirit
of building a peaceful,
happy state and society.
Each of us has
both the power and
Meghna is earnest about her passion for progressive and humanistic education. She can envision and create learning environments for diverse age groups across communities. A keen observer who specializes in enhancing the quality and scope of curriculums by analyzing rationale, principle and methodology of underlying frameworks, Meghna applies continuous improvement to development of curriculums by assessing learning performance.
Meghna is also the founder of BookNook, a place where children develop an appreciation for art and literature through stories and illustrations of picture books. She has over 10 years of experience in teaching, learning and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Leadership.
With an urge to create impact in the world and be an actor for social change, she invited friends to come together to co-found Foster and Forge Foundation.
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Rohit Kohli is Jt. Managing Director of Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd., India’s largest privately owned destination management company since 1977. The group also runs an Academy of Tourism along with other diversified businesses within the tourism industry. Rohit is a hotelier by qualification, having graduated from a leading hotel management school – during which time he has been initiated at some of the top luxury hotels in the country.
Rohit is also responsible for the strategic planning including expansion plans and new focus areas. The company has 20 offices around the world. Rohit sits on the boards of several trade associations as part of his ‘volunteerism’ efforts including being the first Secretary of Young Tourism Professionals (worldwide), the youngest Hony. And Secretary of PATA India and on the International board of PATA. Rohit currently serves as a governing body member of Ecotourism Society of India, he is on the Asia Pacific advisory board of Starwood hotels for its MICE business, serves as a advisory member of Kempinski hotels and many more.
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Arjun Saigal is the Chief Executive Officer of the Interocean group; the group began as a ship broking house and has now diversified into various other activities that includes chartering, ship agency, export of ship spares, ship management, crewing, oil exploration and other services.
Arjun has a keen interest in development of manufacturing activities in the SARCC region, which will be aided by setting up of computer assembly and advanced software training facilities. Professional education for Maritime sector is part of his strategic planning. Arjun has successfully also forayed into infrastructural projects of wind power generation.
Apart from managing the business responsibilities of the group, Arjun is a trustee of Interocean foundation. They have recently launched a book on the cure for cancer titled 'Down Down Cancer’ that has been widely acclaimed. The Harvard program ‘Building a Global Enterprise’ has given Arjun a larger vision of diversifying into the renewable energy arena, his goal for the next decade.
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Ranjit Khattar is a Chartered Accountant having over 30 years experience He is the Managing Partner of a CA Firm namely R. Khattar & Associates, which was set in 1990. The Firm carries Audit of various companies engaged in Hotels, Real Estate, Healthcare, Malls and other manufacturing units.
He also set up a company Medfin Capital Group specialising in Project Financing and Management Consultancy. He has assisted various Groups in making out their expansion plan and has also helped them raise both Private Equity as well as Debt from various Banks/ Financial Institutions. The Firm has raised funding for over 250 Projects till date.
Ranjit Khattar is on the board of various reputed companies and also on the audit committee of many leading companies.
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Rashneek Kher is the Co-Founder of Human Rights Group, “Roots in Kashmir”. He is actively associated with social & cultural activism for many years now. His group has championed the cause of people displaced by terrorism. He is an alumni of the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University where he studied Business Administration.
His professional career which spans 17 years has seen him in diverse roles and assignments. From setting up Start Up ISP’s to being part of the team that set up India’s first large private port to effectively running Supply Chain Management Systems for large transnational Corporations he has traversed many domains. Currently he heads the Supply Chain Management (for India & Sri Lanka) of the largest manufacturer of Potash Fertilizer in the World.
He is often invited as an expert on Panel Discussions on TV Networks and is even commissioned to write for News Portals and Websites.
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Arvind Chawla is an alumnus of IMT Ghaziabad & Harvard Business School. Currently heading the Indian sub-continent operations for leading Russian natural resource Company, that is a global leader in Potash fertilizers. He possesses over 19 years of corporate cross-industry experience in marketing, promotions & Supply chain management having worked in Middle East, Russia, CIS & South East Asian markets.He has dedicated the last 10 years in the fertilizer & agro commodity industry, being actively involved in promoting balance use of fertilizers for sustainable agriculture in the region.
Arvind was positively impacted at a session at Harvard Business School on the need for Non-profit participation of successful commercial managers contributing to society. Seeing a vacuum in the lives of farmers with an absence of right inputs for skill development & education, he feels quite motivated to contribute his time & resources to make a far reaching difference. He does so with his regular engagements at farmer meets in his current assignment. Arvind also runs a boutique consulting company AC Solutions that focuses on Agro commodity consulting.
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Amit Sindwani is the Managing Director of Spectra and Star Convergence Limited which is primarily a Sales and Distribution company. The group had its humble beginning in Srinagar(J&K) and has ever since expanded its presence across major markets in North India. The vendor brands associated with the company are the best in class, cutting across various industry verticals – HUL, ITC, HP, Apple, Samsung etc to name a few. The company is one of the most sought after distribution partners in the areas it operates in.
Amit’s ability to spot early changes in trends and technology has helped the company stay ahead of the curve and grow year on year. He is an active member of various nodal industry associations and been a part of consultative groups within the industry and the government.
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