Explain your project in details:
Our idea centers around creating peace education centered handbooks, games and posters that can then be used to engage with communities across the world. We aim to sensitize communities towards peace and build empathy so that they find that there's more uniting them than dividing them. At the Red Elephant Foundation, we came up with a program called ChalkPeace. The idea behind it was to Teach Peace. With the help of curriculums designed specific to each demographic, we began to host sessions across the world, online and offline. The conversation centred around everyday conflict management, and slowly, expanded to greater and larger causes of conflict and ways to address them. Our workshops are very simple: we dont teach a thing. Instead, we learn together. We occupy a space where the participants become active and critical thinkers. We ask them to share what they see around them, and encourage them to respond to what they see. We then simulate situations, where we make them see that they are stakeholders in a grander world that could well be peaceful. We then guide them gently into a simulated understanding of what a world filled with conflict would look like. We let them make the choice. Nine out of ten times, that choice is towards peace. But when we encounter that one time when the choice is violence, we understand that theres something that runs deeper. Weve spent time with that one person separately, trying to understand what informs the choice and by a comprehensive mix of psycho-social work and attention to an unresolved past trauma, fear, borrowed hatred or radicalization, weve helped them come over to this side.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
29 WORKSHOPS 1100 YOUNG PEOPLE 75 PARENTS AND TEACHERS 7 SCHOOLS 2 CORPORATES 400 ADULTS
Sustainability and future plans
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Kirthi Jayakumar is an activist, artist and writer from Chennai, India. She founded and runs the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions. She is a member of the Youth Working Group for Gender Equality under the UNIANYD. Kirthi is the recipient of the US Presidential Services Medal (2012) for her services as a volunteer to Delta Women NGO, and the two-time recipient of the UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award (2012, 2013). Her second book, The Dove's Lament, made it to the final shortlist for the Muse India Young Writers' Literary Award. Kirthi was recently invited to the United State of Women Summit at the White House in Washington DC, as a nominated changemaker. She is also a Zen Doodler, and her works have been commissioned by corporate establishments, non-profits and art collectors world over.