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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Sowing the Seeds of Change

GOURI MIRPURI
CO-FOUNDER OF THE LEARNING FARM / SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Recently our IDEAS Fellow Gouri Mirpuri was invited to talk about her work at the famous INK conference held this year in Goa, India. Here is her inspiring 9-minute talk.

Gouri was posted in Indonesia with with her husband, Singapore's Ambassador to Indonesia, for a total of almost 13 years over three separate postings. Although active over all these years, it was really during the last posting, that she was determined to make a lasting difference in some meaningful way. The Learning Farm was where she threw all her energy and passion. It was a perfect combination of all her interests: social entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and environmental sustainability.

Located in Cipanas, The Learning Farm is a unique residential farm outside Jakarta which teaches organic agriculture and entrepreneurial skills to ​vulnerable youth in Indonesia. It has won several awards, including the UN SDSN Sustainability Award two years ago.

Today, ten years later, the Farm has graduated almost 1000 young agro-entrepreneurs who have returned to sow the "seeds of change" in their communities across the archipelago.

Gouri's experiences and challenges while​ setting up The Learning Farm led her to also co-found the Impact HUB in Singapore, the first co-working space for social entrepreneurs in South East Asia.

Although Gouri lives in Washington DC, her heart and her life's work remain firmly in Asia. She is a wife, mother of two and an avid tennis player. And she welcomes all IDEAS FELLOWS to visit, be inspired and help in whatever way they can in a great program!

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