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Designing For Generosity

In late 2023, an extraordinary invitation landed in my inbox, summoning me to join GHANDI 3.0 https://www.movedbylove.org/retreat/g3/, a remarkable movement spearheaded by Nipun Mehta and crafted to usher in a world grounded in the principles of a gift economy. The brainchild of SERVICESPACE , GHANDI 3.0 operates solely through the altruistic endeavors of volunteers driven by a pure desire to serve humanity and our planet. Nipun, the humble founder of SERVICESPACE, exudes a rare blend of warmth and wisdom that leaves an indelible mark on everyone he encounters. Despite his reluctance for the spotlight, his compassionate energy permeates every corner of his work and touches lives in profound ways.

I came across Nipun during my course at MIT on Leading From the Emerging Future, where I stumbled upon Nipun’s captivating TED Talk on Designing for Generosity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpyc84kamhw I was inspired! I wanted to share his life-affirming narratives with the business and youth leaders of the UAE at the 1st Edition of World with Purpose. Nipun’s mantra, “What can we give even when we have nothing to give? Everyone has something to give, starting from love,” resonated deeply with my soul and has become a guiding beacon in my own journey.

But what exactly is GHANDI 3.0?

It is a gathering unlike any other, where global leaders and love warriors converge at the GHANDI Ashram with a singular focus: to explore the transformative power of inner cultivation and collective emergence. The retreat serves as a sanctuary for diverse minds to hold space for profound inner transformation, creating a field ripe for the emergence of radically innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges. In the words of Vinoba Bhave, Ghandi’s successor: “What rises up like a fountain, will return in the form of many distributed drops.”

During the five days spent within the embrace of GHANDI 3.0, we shed their societal roles and opened ourselves to the boundless possibilities of the unknown. In this collective emergence, a murmuration of souls, we released the shackles of the familiar and ventured into the realm of the unknowable. Through shared stories, heartfelt connections, and moments of sacred silence, deep bonds were forged, and trust blossomed in ways that defy conventional understanding.

The magic of GHANDI 3.0 lies not in a meticulously planned itinerary but in the spontaneous unfolding of each day, guided by the ebb and flow of collective energy, personal gifts and told and untold stories of love. Amidst the backdrop of nature’s embrace, I found myself attuned to the symphony of life in ways I had never imagined. The hues of green seemed more vibrant, hearts opened wide, and connections transcended the boundaries of language and culture. In the presence of strangers turned kindred spirits, and the infectious smiles of volunteers, I glimpsed a world far grander than the confines of my own creation.

As I reflect on my experience, I am acutely aware of the profound shift that occurred within me. Life, once a frenetic dance, slowed to a gentle sway, allowing me to savor the richness of each moment. I emerged with a heightened sense of purpose, a deeper connection to the world around me, and an unwavering commitment to continue expanding my consciousness in service of global prosperity.

To me GHANDI 3.0 serves as a radiant thread, weaving together the fabric of humanity with compassion, generosity, and deep connection. It is a testament to the transformative power of collective intention and the boundless potential that lies within each of us to create a world where prosperity is measured not only by material wealth but by the depth of our empathy and the strength of our bonds.

As I embark on the journey ahead, I carry with me the noble friends, divine guidance, and unshakable faith acquired through GHANDI 3.0, knowing that together, we can shape a future where global prosperity is a reality for all.

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