Hey all, I'm Shravan and I'll be joining Noemi at NELIS. As she said, I work with startups and ecosystems in India, which in these heady times is white exciting . I've been a part of NELIS from the start as one of the founding participants and it's been an extremely interesting group to be a part of.
In short NELIS is a global to local network of sustainability practitioners. We define such practitioners as anyone working to improve and enable social and environmental impact in the work they do, ranging from business, civil society, education, arts, policmaking, and even spirituality.
Building a community from the ground up is tricky. That is one of the biggest learning I've got from NELIS, and we are still a work in progress towards this. This is a reason why I've got a lot of respect for what you all have created with Edgeryders.
NELIS is still growing coming to a systematised institution, this year we hope to get our first global activity formatts rolled out but we have so much we can learn from what you all have created. Aside from it though on a personal capacity, I've found NELIS very fulfilling in the collaborations I've made, from working on making banana paper in Zambia, a project on sustainable cities in Japan, to recycling and waste management in India. I've met some great people and we've been able to grow something from NELIS. I think there should be avenues Edgeryders can tap during the conference and I'll do my bit to help that along
I'm really excited about the workshop I'll be doing with Noemi, Social Tech for Social Good. Our workshop seems to be the only tech focused related workshop in the conference and that's am interesting perspective but I suppose it is also reflective of how people are working with sustainability. We have a way to go, but there are some excellent opportunities appearing to make that happen.