Ahimsagram trusts the infinite power of all humans and wants it to be expressed fully as we create sustainable and regenerative businesses, with self management practices and healthy interpersonal connections.
The organisation is founded by Shammi Nanda, who has had a desire for building a more egalitarian world since childhood and where each one can be heard and humans can collaborate for a shared purpose. He saw potential of cinema to bring social change and gravitated towards it to take it up as a career as well as passion. While working as a cinematographer/filmmaker in Mumbai, he experienced downfall in his health, which encouraged him to look at natural ways of healing and he got into healthy and wellness inspiring ways of living and food and found many mentors on the way and also learnt from The Health Awareness Center through their short course or Vinita Mansata has been a great influence in his healing journey.
He began to cook in more mindful ways where the attempt is to retain the nutrients in the food and have it in a form that is closer to how nature gave it to us. He also began to visit different farms and got inspired by organic ways of growing foods while being in harmony with nature. All this brought him closer to Shikshantar, Udaipur, with whom he worked on building sustainable living community networks. While working with different community networks he realised that we need to also work on alternate ways of nurturing our interspersonal communication and deal with our conflicts. This got hom into Nonviolent Communication(NVC) as it helped him see that we can have more ease in building connections and even having difficult conversations and integrate our varied perspectives with ease. He then began to learn and share NVC and was doing it for the last eight years or so. He also came across self managed governance systems like Sociocracy and Holacracy and is now deeply into them and has chosen to work on holacracy and to practice self management and created Ahimsagram for practicing it around four years ago and began to offer trainings in NVC and self management.
Now for the last one year, Ahimsagram has moved to offering sustainable food in more and varied and intense ways, where their food is largely organic, vegan and gluten free, like, the wellness meals, organic cafe, catering of healthy food for homes and organisation, organic store. As we make these offerings we are governing the organisation with Holacracy where each one works with a sense of autonomy and interdependently and collaboratively as a team. This builds a team where people are more inspired while working for a purpose led organisation. It’s ok to make mistakes and learn from them, and practices working collaboratively.
Presently Ahimsagram is an inspiration for those who want to develop sustainable businesses as well as for those wanting to learn about self management.
The team is also offering trainings in self management which will give tools to other organisations or entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses with more ease and effectiveness, while working collaboratively and creating engaging and inspired teams. Its also a place to come and see how we can be mindful with our foods and move towards a life of wellness by living in ways that nature has designed for us.