As the curator of TEDxPune, he hosts periodic events for seven slum areas in the city along with community programs. He’s also working on the Spoken Wikipedia project, which brings recordings of articles to the rural, illiterate, and visually impaired population.
“If we want to make the world a better place, it is important to
empower each and every section of society,” he says. “I believe
knowledge and opportunities must be free, open, and accessible to all.”
Abhishek (middle) at a recent TEDx Pune community event.
“Pune is known for ideas worth spreading,” he says. “We are hopeful
this model will inspire Pune’s underprivileged communities as well as
He believes in organic growth, and is currently using Facebook and
email to spread awareness about the Group. He’s also open to all kinds
of support and guidance from others outside Pune, and will be planning
online meetings through Skype and Google so anyone anywhere can jump in
on the conversation.
“Playing the role of catalyst is important. The community and Group
must feel the ownership of activities, and to make sure everyone is
participating in the long run, it is crucial to give justice to each and
everyone’s idea,” he says.
As of right now, five new members have joined Abhishek.
“It looks like a promising tool to channelize energy and efforts,” he
says. “Already we have got potential volunteers through the Action
Group so it’s a fantastic start.”
In Pune and interested in the cause? Join the Group’s first meeting on May 17. Not in Pune? Check out the Action Groups near you or start one of your own!
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