In the times of Gandhi, social action organized in one-to-many formation. One Gandhi and many of us. Today, we have Gandhi 3.0 where Gandhi stands for the age-old principle of leading with inner transformation and 3.0 represents the many-to-many networks that are popularized by the modern-day Internet. A bridge from the Internet to the Inner-Net. Nipun Mehta explored his journey of building distributed and decentralized movements that lead with inner transformation, leverage technology to nurture generosity, cultivated practices that encourage “being the change”, and ultimately of putting priceless gifts — like empathy, trust and compassion — into greater circulation.
At the age of 25, Nipun quit his job to become a “full time volunteer.” He is the founder of ServiceSpace, an all volunteer-run organization using technology to inspire greater volunteerism. What started as an experiment with friends is now a global ecosystem of over 500,000 members who have not only delivered millions of dollars in service for free but are regenerating a gift culture. Their projects range from DailyGood to KindSpring to KarmaKitchen. Nipun has received the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the President’s Volunteer Service Award and Dalia Lama’s Unsung Hero of Compassion award. In 2015, President Obama appointed him to a council on poverty and equality. Nipun’s speech at UPenn commencement was read by millions. His aim is to: “Bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart.”