Transformative Education and Society Building: Integral Keynote at Sarvodaya’s Headquarters, Sri Lanka
14 February 2020: Hosted by Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, TRANS4M provided a keynote on the Integral Worlds approach and its relevance for Sarvodaya
TRANS4M’s Alexander Schieffer was invited to share with key staff members of the Sarvodaya Headquarters in Moratuwa near Colombo the essentials of the Integral Worlds approach, its global applications and relevance for Sarvodaya, as well as for Sarovdaya’s educational division: Sarvodaya Institute for Higher Learning.
Prior to the keynote, Schieffer reconnected with key staff members and received updates on the latest service innovations Sarvodaya has brought forth. This information was vital to demonstrate, through the keynote, how Sarvodaya’s recent development, as well as latest strategic evolution towards “Sarvodaya One”, profoundly resonates with the integral development work and approach that TRANS4M has developed over the past 14 years.
The audience was extremely participative, enthusiastic and engaged – and it was moving to see Sarvodaya’s founder Dr A.T. Ariyaratne and his wife and close collaborator over five decades, Neetha Ariyaratne, present for the talk.
Subsequent meetings with Sarvodaya President Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne as well as with Udesh Fernando, Director of Sarvodaya Institute for Higher Learning, lead to the deepening of the partnership and collaboration between TRANS4M and Sarvodaya – in particular in relation to developing the “transformative education” agenda for Sarvodaya Institute for Higher Learning. As an immediate step, Sarvodaya announced its active participation in the forthcoming educational project on “Reshaping International Development”, framed in a university course at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and run by Trans4m.