Initiatives and Conferences
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar comes from the lineage of peace and non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi. Through his initiatives and addresses, Sri Sri has consistently emphasized the need for reinforcing human values and recognizing humanity as our highest identity. Fostering interfaith harmony and calling for multicultural education as the remedy for fanaticism are significant parts of his efforts to achieve sustainable peace on our planet. As an ambassador of peace, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar plays a key role in conflict resolution and spreads his vision of non-violence at public forums and gatherings world-wide. Regarded as a neutral figure with the principle agenda of peace, he represents hope to people in conflict. He has received particular credit for bringing opposing parties to the negotiating table in Iraq, the Ivory Coast and the states of Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar in India.
Spreading the Message of a One World Family
Spreading the message of love, compassion and non-violence, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tirelessly advocates harmonious co-existence among people. While he addresses innumerable forums on diverse subjects, the common thread through all his speeches is the principle of humanity and brotherhood. His universal and simple message is that love and wisdom can prevail over hatred and distress.
Whether it is speaking to parliamentarians in Argentina, Scotland (UK), business leaders in Europe, peace organisations like the United Nations, Muslim and Hindu leaders, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar emphasises human values and unity among people
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been invited to address the World Economic Forum at Davos on two occasions, the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, and the first World Congress of Imams and Rabbis in 2005
With an aim of bringing together leaders from diverse walks of life, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has also hosted a number of symposiums. The Truth & Reconciliation Conference to foster equality of the Dalit community (2007), International Conference on Human Values (2006) and the annual Corporate Culture and Spirituality Symposiums being a few of them.
Through his public talks and symposiums, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addresses issues of inter-faith harmony, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation and grassroots development. He inspires thousands across the globe to live the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam or a One World Family.
His contributions are much valued and cherished in a growing circle of international gatherings. That he has made a difference as a ‘resource person’ is a constant acclaim made by those who have listened to him, for e.g., at the
- World Economic Forum / Davos
- International Anti-Corruption Conference / Seoul
- European Parliament / Brussels
- World Conference on Environmental Management
- Symposium on Human Values, Science and Sustain¬able Development / Houston
- World Conference on Spiritual Regeneration and Hu¬man Values / Bangalore
- National Dialogue on Integrity Issues / Istanbul
- International Symposium on Corporate Culture and Spirituality / Bangalore.
- World Forum for Ethics in Business, European Parlia¬ment, Brussels
- Interfaith Conference for World Religious Leaders / Seville
- World Conference on Religion and Peace /Washington
- Addressing 1000 catholic priests in India, February 2010
- Parliament of the World Religions (Key Note Speak¬er), Melbourne, 2009
- Facing Tomorrow, Israel, October 2009
- Inter-faith Harmony: Conference with top Catholic and Hindu religious leaders in India, June 2009
- Imams and Rabbis Conference, 2009
- The Civilization of Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dia¬logue conference, November 2008
- Vedanta and Buddhism Conference in Bangalore, 2008
- Imams and Rabbis Conference, 2004
- United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit, 2000