Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When the answer is #No

In 1965 with the world at his feet, Bunker Roy said No to the corporate world and went into the villages of India to truly experience life. His mother didn't speak to him for years.

But in the villages he discovered hidden talents among the uneducated poor and so he started the Barefoot University.

Some weeks prior to watching this video, my son told me he would like to live in the countryside and just experience the simple life. And just like Bunker Roy's mother, I was horrified.

And he's been saying to me that the whole education system across the world needs to change. Anyone can do anything if you let them do it is his philosophy. My academic brain cringes at that thought. But after watching this video I understood what he was trying to tell me and his philosophy about learning.

The Barefoot movement is truly inspirational.


Linking to:
Friday Reflections - favourite TED Talk
#SOCS - No

Be inspired.  Stay inspired.

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  1. What a great story. Your son could change the world, too.

    1. Thanks Mel. He says he'd like to teach at University. Who knows maybe he will change the face of education.

  2. As a mom, it is a scary thought.. But this is inspiring.

  3. The artist in me loves the idea but the mother in me... I won't even let my kids go zip-lining with their camp group. But when they're older... hopefully I'll let them go wherever their souls lead them and not be a huge hypocrite.

    1. I'm the same Lori - I wouldn't let my kids do a lot of things. I now wish I had. But yes they grow up and follow their own path.

  4. What a fabulous story. I just watched the video and the work that he has done across the world is commendable. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Parul. This story is truly inspirational. This is a TED talk I won't forget in a hurry.

    2. Totally! I made VT watch it too and so inspiring. No words to all that people do.

  5. I loved the "you have to be a cop out, a drop out or a wash out" to attend. And, I love even more that their buildings are solar powered and the food is solar cooked, developed by women who were "uneducated" and overlooked. What a story. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks Alana This just shows that we can do anything if we have the right attitude and self belief.


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