About Me

‘Harmony of the Heart’ was the title given to me as I took my precepts with Zen Buddhist Teacher, Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in the 1990s. Few years later in 1998, along with my wife, I started a social consulting company, “Samanvaya”, meaning Harmony in Sanskrit. Today I transact the space between consulting, academia, policy making and activism. That which defines almost all my work is the quest to find a harmony within myself through work, and this reflects in the work I do - bringing people, resources and ideas together for a better planet. The struggle to maintain a balance and harmony is my life’s challenge and the brief moments of joy are when the balance reaches perfection in action.


Ramasubramanian

Why HARMONIZE?

‘Things were in a state of harmony before they were disturbed’ says the old scripture.
The human quest to understand led to divisions to understand. This led us to better appreciation of every being's unique purpose, but, also embedded differences like ‘us’ and ‘them’ in our minds.

More than ever before today, a call to be rooted in harmony is essential to break our divisiveness and create holistic ventures, it is nowhere more pronounced than in the social sector.

INTERNAL HARMONY

BE SENSITIVE

To connect to the elements around and gain level of sensitivity.

ACHIEVE BALANCE

The Peace within is as critical as the Success outside.

REALIZE POTENTIAL

Faith and Perseverance on infinite potential.

EXTERNAL WORK

FAITH

Faith in the capacity of the ordinary people to perform extra-ordinary tasks.

ENGAGE WITH ALL

Be open to engage with adversary as much as friend.

SENSE OF HUMOUR

Laugh at yourself and retain always a good sense of humour

Event Focus

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.

Past Events

Transformations 2019 – Chile

Start date: October 16, 2019

End date: October 18, 2019

Location: University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Transformations 2019 – Chile

I will be presenting papers and conducting a workshops at ‘Transformation 2019’ a conference that focuses on transformative thinking and action in October 2019.

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Early in my time in India, I met a activist/academic whose fascination lies with the role knowledge – particularly traditional, cultural and communal – plays in subverting bureaucratic institutions. His name was Ram and the conversation we shared eventually revealed
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An expert on Gandhi, local economies, sustainable development in South Asia, institutional transformation, multi-sectoral knowledge creation for a complex world, and social entrepreneurship. He cares about creating a sustainable future more than any one person’s or organizations ego.
_Sara Jolena Wolcott,Founding Director at Sequoia Samanvaya LLC and Wolcott Legacies
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Resonated with so much in your presentation. Similarities between problems in India & Nigeria like loss of access to traditional knowledge systems, the market for organic farming, and the need to engage with community members to create solutions.
_Ama Edozien,Work Student, Community Energy Center, Maine
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The ‘Brainstorming Young Volunteers in Rural Areas’ workshop taught a lot. The story telling at campfire was a first experience of learning through real examples of life. Rama Sir’s facilitation is awesome.
_Layakari,Young Volunteers Coordinator,

WORK / SPEAKING VIDEOS

Selected videos from Speaking Engagements.

RELEVANCE OF CONSERVING NATIVE SEEDS - TAMIL

The 3rd Auroville Seed Festival attracted a vast audience, here explaining the need for the traditional seeds to be conserved, Auroville, July 2019

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SHAPING SOCIAL ACTION - THE HARMONY PROJECT

A lecture at IIT Madras Vivekananda Study Circle, 2018

ON THE SEED FESTIVAL - RADIO INTERVIEW

Interview to the Auroville Radio during the 1st Auroville Seed Festival, 2017

CREATING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD INSTITUTE

An experience sharing, Knowledge In Civil Society Forum, Hyderabad, 2015

FACILITATING NEW JOURNEY

Creating a new way of thinking and working on rural livelihoods through the Stewardship of Sustainable Livelihood programme, Auroville, 2015

POVERTY OF IMAGINATION - A DISCOURSE ON DEVELOPMENT

A Discourse on Development at IIT-M, 2013

WORKSHOP ON RURAL LIVELIHOODS

Co-creating and Facilitating Workshop on Rural Livelihoods for Government Officials, 2012

Its amazing how much can be achieved if you don't care who gets the credit

Today we need a new Satyagraha...