AhimsaGram has been initiated by Shammi Nanda and more people are either joining us or showing keen interest in joining us every day.
The organization came into existence a few months ago in a small house and in the short span of 3 months or so, because of the increasing number of people willing to join us, we had to move into a somewhat larger building. So, now we are using the new space as our office and workshop space and the previous house as a guest house for people who want to stay with us for a while to learn more about what we are doing and to, maybe, collaborate with us or contribute in our work.
AhimsaGram will support and be supported by people in the immediate neighborhood and the larger community in the city. It will collaborate and support people in other areas, cities and countries towards their goals using the skill sets developed/supported by this space.
Those who want to deepen their learning of the areas (NVC, Sociocracy, etc.) that we are working on as well as contribute to a shared vision, can contact us and find mutually agreeable time and the nature of their engagements with us so they can even be part of this space.
It will offer total immersion in the modalities of NVC, Restorative Circles and Sociocracy.
Inhabited by a few full-time residents, local co-creators, volunteers and interns from Jaipur and other places, a support and guiding group of people who care and want to support this space from other cities in India and other countries. These outer holding circles will be of those who share the vision with me and the resident community and/or also may wish to even collaborate with this space actively.
It is run with consent decision making i.e., sociocratically with equivalence, transparency and efficiency in our day-to-day lives. We could potentially act as the backbone organization for Sociocracy India and South Asia Network.
We will support in creating a network of NVC practitioners and learners who want such practices to be accessible to people in this region, irrespective of their financial resources.
This is a collaborative space. People who wish to contribute through workshops, activities and knowledge-based sharing are welcome to use our resources to do so.
We also intend to have a Restorative System at our space so anyone can call a circle when there is a conflict or tension in the community.
AhimsaGram is in Model Town, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur. The space, which is on rent, is home to Shammi, Sociocracy, Nonviolent Communication, Jaipur Mera Shehar, and an inspiration to ideate on how to make the city an interesting place to be.
Though initiated by Shammi, it belongs to all those who believe that there is potential in the city to become a harmonious space. The space aspires to inspire leadership to nurture the space and city in a spirit of togetherness.
It is a manifestation of a dream so many of us hold dearly and I am just here to create some soil for the dream to grow into a nurturing and robust tree which is part of our eco system.
AhimsaGram has been made possible with the support of many friends:
The scooter that we have is a gift from Avinash as are the cooking gas, utensils, tables & chairs.
Other friends and dear ones are contributing the gift of their labour. Bhushan is from Maharashtra to support us and to learn NVC and Sociocracy.
Trudy and Sion, natural farmers from Sri Lanka, were here to host the workshop on Analog Forestry and they kickstarted the space.
John Buck will be here to share Sociocracy in October this year. Some NVC trainers from afar are also planning to come to Jaipur and share their offerings here.
We already have Aditya, Piyush, Devyani and others wanting to create an NVC practice group and build a community to support the learning here.
We have an emergent Sociocratic Community and Jaipur Mera Shehar project where we are dreaming and working together to re-imagine our city. AhimsaGram has a strong, symbiotic relationship with them.