New Acropolis Cultural Organization Presents
  –  Leadership for a Better World
CONFERENCE: LEADERSHIP FOR A BETTER WORLD

“Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time” – M.K. Gandhi

To celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary, New Acropolis Cultural Organization curated a day-long conference “Empowering Real Change: Leadership for a Better World” on 15th December 2018. The conference had 259 attendees from different walks of life including Corporates, NGOs, Government Institutions and Students.

The event was curated by Mr. Yaron Barzilay (National Director, New Acropolis Cultural Organization), taking inspiration from Gandhi’s relentless pursuit for Truth. The event brought together distinguished leaders who have been striving to make a better world through tireless work in their various fields such as Education, Philosophy, Ecology, Anthropology, Governance, Microfinance and Corporate Social Responsibility.

  • Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

    I appreciate the efforts of the New Acropolis Cultural Organization in providing a platform to develop leadership for a better world, inspired by the ideal of Mahatma Gandhi. I am positive that the conference will be instrumental in leveraging the strength of quintessential Indian ideals that Bapu symbolized.

  • Honourable Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis

    It is praiseworthy that New Acropolis Cultural Organization is celebrating 150th Birth anniversary of Rashtra Pita Mahatma Gandhi and that to mark the celebration, an event with the theme, Empowering Real Change: Leadership for a Better World, has been organized.

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    I am pleased to know that this conference, "Empowering Real Change: Leadership for a Better World”, is being hosted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.

  • Zarina Screwvala (Swades Foundation)

    I believe that events like these are especially needed today, in order to educate our youth, to inspire them to dare to dream and empower them to participate in the building of a better world. And I congratulate New Acropolis to have taken this initiative as a tribute to Gandhiji’s Legacy.

  • Satish Kumar (Schumacher College)

    I am delighted that New Acropolis India, is hosting an important conference on Empowering Real Change…In order to accomplish such a transformation and bring about a holistic perspective, we need a new kind of leadership emerging from grass roots level and based on the principle of selfless service.

  • Ratan N. Tata (Tata Trusts)

    I wish New Acropolis all success in rekindling The Mahatma's beliefs among all of us.

SPEAKERS

“Empowering Real Change: Leadership for a Better World”, the third event in the “Empowering Real Change” series brought together distinguished leaders who have dared to take the path less traveled. These change-makers demonstrated the ability to transform challenges into opportunities.These included distinguished leaders such as Padma Shri awardee Anu Aga (Teach for India), philanthropist Ronnie Screwvala (The Swades Foundation), Rolex Award recipient Sonam Wangchuk (SECMOL, HIAL), Dr. Vandana Shiva (Navdanya), Chetna Gala Sinha (Mann Deshi Bank), Dr. Saamdu Chetri (Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan), Dr. Tridip Suhrud (Gandhian Historian), Fernand Schwarz (Author and International Institution Hermes), Pierre Poulain (Author, Philosopher and Photographer), Yaron Barzilay (New Acropolis Cultural Organization)

Anthropology, Philosophy
    Ecological Sustainability
      Philosophy, Management
        Philosophy, Photography
          CSR, Education
            Gandhian Historian
              GNH Centre
                Education, Innovation
                  Microfinance
                    Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy
                      EMPOWERING REAL CHANGE – THE VISION
                      OPENING ADDRESS BY YARON BARZILAY

                       

                      “Philosophy can build bridges between the past and the future. It enables a real transformation of the heart, the necessary passage from egoism to altruism, and the ability to embrace the other.” – Yaron Barzilay

                       

                      “Philosophy, the love of wisdom, can offer the possibility of real change, within us and within the world; the possibility of renewal and revival. It can Transform a Desperate Need, into Glorious Hope.” – Yaron Barzilay
                      ENVISIONING A MODEL SOCIETY
                      PANEL DISCUSSION WITH DR. SAAMDU CHETRI AND DR. TRIDIP SUHRUD

                       

                      “All of us are capable of truth in large measure. We know the right from wrong in every instance. What we lack is the capacity to act upon that knowledge” – Dr. Tridip Suhrud

                       

                      “I have an abbreviation for LOVE – that is Live On Values Everyday” – Dr. Saamdu Chetri
                      TRANSFORMATION THROUGH EDUCATION
                      PANEL DISCUSSION WITH ANU AGA AND SONAM WANGCHUK

                       

                      “Only with the heart and empathy to others, nature and our environment, only then are we fully educated” – Sonam Wangchuk

                       

                      “You cannot lead others unless you can lead yourself. Leaders must work from wisdom not knowledge” – Anu Aga
                      MESSAGE OF SUPPORT: MUHAMMAD YUNUS

                       

                      “Our task is to build a beautiful world given all the gifts we have, of creativity, expanding our horizons, ability to solve problems. We have not used that full capacity to solve the problems that WE created!” – Muhammad Yunus
                      RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
                      PANEL DISCUSSION WITH CHETNA GALA SINHA AND RONNIE SCREWVALA

                       

                      “Everyone has the misnomer that the concept of sharing and giving comes only when you have, both resources and time” – Ronnie Screwvala

                       

                      “You’re talking about loan and capital, our Courage is our Capital!” – Chetna Gala Sinha
                      RECONNECTING WITH NATURE
                      IN CONVERSATION WITH DR. VANDANA SHIVA

                       

                      “Organic Farming is nothing but an act of gratitude to the earth. It is not a technique, it’s not a product, it’s not a production system” – Dr. Vandana Shiva
                      BECOMING THE CHANGE
                      PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FERNAND SCHWARZ AND PIERRE POULAIN

                       

                      “The smallest step we make inside ourselves towards the good is a step for all mankind” – Fernand Schwarz

                       

                      “Don’t be afraid to dare to be yourself” – Pierre Poulain
                      SEEKING TRUTH: A MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
                      FEATURING MAATIBAANI, WITH FOLK SINGER MOORALALA MARWADA
                      PROGRAMME

                      Drawing on the experiences of each of our esteemed speakers, we facilitate a fruitful dialogue through a series of panel discussions, with the goal to synthesize a vision of leadership rooted in the search for Truth.

                      • 15 Dec 2018
                        Day 1
                      9:30am - 10:00am - Registration

                      10:00am - 10:40am
                      EMPOWERING REAL CHANGE: THE VISION
                      OPENING ADDRESS BY YARON BARZILAY

                      10:45am - 11:35am
                      ENVISIONING A MODEL SOCIETY
                      PANEL DISCUSSION WITH DR. SAAMDU CHETRI AND DR. TRIDIP SUHRUD

                      A vision for a just society in light of Gandhiji’s ideas and Bhutan’s GNH index

                      11.35am - 11.55am - Coffee Break

                      11.55pm - 12.45pm
                      TRANSFORMATION THROUGH EDUCATION
                      PANEL DISCUSSION WITH SONAM WANGCHUK AND ANU AGA

                      Re-imagining education as a means for sustainable development

                      12:45am – 1:35pm
                      RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS 
                      PANEL DISCUSSION WITH RONNIE SCREWVALA AND CHETNA GALA SINHA

                      Exploring the role of business beyond profit

                      1:35pm - 2.20pm - Lunch

                      2:20pm - 2:50pm
                      SEEKING TRUTH: A MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
                      FEATURING MAATIBAANI, WITH FOLK SINGER MOORALALA MARWADA

                      2.50pm - 3.20pm
                      RECONNECTING WITH NATURE
                      IN CONVERSATION WITH DR. VANDANA SHIVA

                      Recognising our inherent interdependence with our ecosphere

                      3.20pm – 3:40pm - Coffee Break

                      3:40pm - 4:40pm
                      BECOMING THE CHANGE
                      PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FERNAND SCHWARZ AND PIERRE POULAIN

                      The path of the Warrior of Peace to transform oneself and the world, as outlined by both authors in their most recent books

                      4:40pm - 5:00pm
                      LEADERSHIP FOR A BETTER TOMORROW: RESOLUTION


                      About NEW ACROPOLIS CULTURAL ORGANIZATION

                      New Acropolis

                      New Acropolis Cultural Organization is an independent member of an International non-profit association International Organization New Acropolis(IONA), represented in centres over 60 countries. IONA promotes an ideal of timeless values to contribute to individual and collective evolution. Its associative structure guarantees respect for the diversity, autonomy and initiative of each of its member associations. Its operational structure enables it to act independently of all political, religious or financial interests.

                      We have always tried to understand the forms of expression of all cultures, past and present, in an attempt to discover the roots of their works of art, their scientific advances, their religious experiences, their social and human projects through Philosophy, Culture and Volunteering.

                      Taking inspiration from the timeless principles of the Indian tradition, New Acropolis Cultural Organization  works with a specific focus to rediscover India’s rich artistic, scientific and human heritage and offer it as a vital contribution to collective human progress relevant to our times today.

                      For more information, contact us on mumbai@acropolis.org or +91 98202 87683