Shammi Nanda has been working on Nonviolent Communication for more about five years. He has attended various workshops and conventions on NVC and has also been sharing it with friends and communities in India. He has spent four months with Joy Guest House Community, in Auroville, which supported him to dive deeper into NVC. This community was hosted by Laura Joy who is a CNVC certified trainer and has been into NVC for more than 7 years.
He is closely connected to the NVC community in India and has been part of organising NVC conventions.
He was also a member of the CNVC appointed committee to look at the certification policy of CNVC for the ‘New Future Process’.
He has been involved in filmmaking and has studied at the Film Institute in Pune, India. Lately, he has shifted his focus into healing which led him into looking for sustainable ways of living through food. While he was working in the film world in Mumbai he developed health issues. This encouraged him to embark upon a healing journey through food and wellness. He began by experimenting with ‘healthier’ ways of cooking then moved on to exploring how our food is grown. He has now been connected with the organic food movement in India for the last five years. He is grateful to the support from Vijaya Venakt ji and Vinita Mansata amongst many others in his healing journey.
He also made a film around natural farming, self healing and unschooling which was inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s work on the idea of ‘doing nothing’ farming which encourages to engage with nature by trusting it and creating a space so nature can take over to have the farm become become a self operating system. . To see the film go to https://goo.gl/JguEKL
His healing journey has made him look at the toxic nature of negative emotions. He discovered in that time that despite eating the healthiest of food, his illnesses were directly related to his emotional state. He discovered NVC as a way of engaging with challenging emotional situations and has now experienced immense freedom in the way he relates to people around him. He says that earlier, when he would go to bed he would have all kinds of negative thoughts. This was the residue from interactions of that day or the past. After working with NVC, he is now able to process negative interactions and see the beauty behind them—which has given him immense peace. He is now keen on sharing his learning with the larger community.
Shammi is closely connected to various sustainability movements and ecological communities all over India. He is closely connected with Shikshantar,www.swaraj.org/shikshantar for about ten years now. He is also part of the learning societies network and is connected to many home schooling and un-schooling families and netwroks across the country. He believes in the movement from ‘power over’ to ‘power with’ in the ways in which we relate in our communities and organizations, that it is not just possible but a more efficient way to relate with one another. He is also working with groups to help set up processes of conflict resolution and transformation in their design itself. He dreams and believes in a world where we can have a wholesome life which is integrated with our natural ecosystems.
After travelling across the country and internationally, working with diverse kind or organisations, non profits, businesses, communities and movements, after searching for organisations working with self organising systems, he has founded an organisation, ‘Ahimsagram’ two years ago experimenting with different approaches to collaborative governance while exploring Nonviolent Communication(NVC) and Sociocacy and has now moved his focus on working through Holacracy. at Ahimsagram now.
AhimsaGram now has a purpose of Co-creating systems and processes for individual empowerment and collective abundance leading through and leading self managed organisations. They are working on Holacracy as their governance system to work as a self operated system and with with distributed authority like any natural eco-system. You can have sense of Ahimsagram’s evolution and their present work from their facebook page.
At the moment Shammi is on a Holacracy Pilgrimage in US, where he is visiting organisations practicing Holacracy, to know more about his journey see https://goo.gl/15r86Y.