R-Urban Initiatives aims to be the hub for all community-led projects in cities, villages and towns across the country. As citizens are increasingly pushing for better roads, schools, parks and access to water, R-Urban Initiatives taps into the deep need in people to reclaim their city or town as their own and feel empowered about getting the municipality and other administrations to pay attention to their civic needs.
Citizens are no longer willing to be passive about the state of the places they live in. They want to make a difference. This was amply evident in the way the Gurgaon Action Plan, a movement led by Gauri Sarin—has facilitated resident’s welfare associations, artists, parents, builders and various other communities to participate with the Gurugram Municipal Corporation to create better facilities across the city.
The R-Urban Initiatives platform also helps corporates headquartered in metropolises to identify projects that they can support with their CSR programs. NGOs can connect with citizens initiatives. R-Urban Initiatives also provides a platform for small businesses making environment friendly products through the Eco Bazaar page which provides listing of businesses and their contact numbers.
In this manner we hope to create an ecosystem for community programs across the country in the areas of water, safety, education, cleaniness, waste management and environment. When we work together for better governance, we help create sustainable cities and villages.
Gauri Sarin, an alumnus of XLRI, is a senior professional, who promotes and supports social and community-based governance projects. Active in influencing policy and inspiring citizens to take up responsible action, Gauri helps people find proactive solutions through networks, collaborations, co-learning and research. One of her pioneering projects, the Gurgaon Action Plan, which she set up five years ago, has created an impetus for citizen and government collaborations in sustainable urban habitats.
Gauri, who successfully ran her own human resources and coaching enterprise for over 20 years, believes strongly in encouraging women entrepreneurs. Being a life and talent coach she also identifies talent and mentors women especially to reach their potential. Her not-for-profit organizations, Saahas—an initiative for women by women, and Bhumija—aimed at incubating and creating an ecosystem for women agripreneurs to come up the value chain as well as to promote healthier desi and organic food programs for consumers—are just some of the multiple projects that Gauri has created and led. Bhumija is the result of her belief that conscious farming and conscious consuming are two sides of the same coin.
Her dream is to build a pipeline of women leaders from grassroots who can be strong business leaders or social/political leaders.Gauri-who is based in Gurugram, Haryana, is a meditator, a natural teacher and a giver. Join her in making India and the world a better place.