(1.) What Is Service?


Ben Reid-Howells is an international educator and community organiser with a degree in Interdisciplinary Sustainability and a background as a trainer, wilderness guide and educational program designer. At Mahindra United World College of India, Ben co-developed the service-learning department and led the Peace and Justice project-based learning stream (IB CAS). Ben is the founder of UWCMC’s Mindfulness Program and the Uniting for Peace Youth Festival (2017). He has trained youth, teachers, community groups and government officials in community-led processes, project design and peace-work in Canada, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Greece and Scotland. On the Vasudhaiva Ride, Ben coordinated training projects, communications and the global network-building that made this transnational project-series possible: project partners, media, volunteers and international support.

Ben’s parents are immigrants to Canada from England and Scotland. At sixteen he left home to live and study at a United World College where his passion for social and environmental justice became his compass for finding his life’s work. During his undergraduate degree in Sustainability, he saw the path of academia was distancing him from the front-line communities he most wanted to work alongside. He decided rather than pursue a Master’s degree, to spend several years exploring diverse ways communities are working to address pertinent issues, and thus find the form of service that would best suit him and his work alongside communities working towards positive change on Turtle Island (modern-day Canada, USA and Mexico). After five years of solidarity work internationally, Ben is now back on Turtle Island, based in Ontario and seeking to collaborate with regional initiatives to bring about resilience and regeneration: ecologically, socially, culturally, economically and politically.

(In December 2016 Prashant (Left) and Ben (Right) set out on a year long motorcycle journey from India to Scotland crossing 20,000km and more than 20 different countries .)

Conservation Focus: Educational Programming, Building Community Capacity

Visit The website to Learn More!  http://www.vasudhaivaride.com/

For those looking to listen in French, please call the conference line at (866) 512-0904 and then type in the meeting number 8980978. When it asks whether you are the host of the meeting, do not type anything, just wait.   You will still need to login to the Webex call to see the presentation, but you will hear all the audio in french via the live translation on the conference line.  You will want to mute the audio and microphone from Webex (and your computer) so you don't create any feedback. If you would like to ask questions, we encourage you to ask via the chat box or you can ask on your phone connection via the interpreter and she will convey the questions on your behalf.  

If you have any questions for about participating in French, please contact caitlin.pierzchalski@ocean.org


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