Who are our Potential REX Karmaveer Global Fellows?
We have several such CEOs and Captains of Industry who are our chosen fellows over the years. They tell us they would rather give of them- selves with time, involvement and effort rather than just give
Several such Executives are today making the time to go beyond their jobs and do something that benefits the community at large. They say this helps them to get immense gratification and also gives them a sense of purpose and fulfillment for making a difference in their own small way. money to charitable organizations.
We have many HR professionals, Directors, Managers, Executives who are our fellows. One such HR head has regular conversations with people who work in blue collared, grey collared jobs in her workplace and discovered that many of the workforce are well educated and even have Bachelors/ Masters degrees and PHDS. However, since they studied in a vernacular medium their growth is stunted due to not knowing to speak/ write the English language. Many people with whom she has spoken have today learned English and have white collar jobs and better life and livelihood opportunities.
We have several CSR Directors, Managers, Executives who are our fellows. Not only are they implementing effective and innovative CSR programs and initiatives but also simply sharing thoughts through blogs/ speeches and emailers to inspire others to go beyond and implement worthy CSR programs.
We have many such individuals as our fellows and they tell us how each of them has the esponsibility to uphold ethical values to ensure that the fourth estate does not lose its trust.
We have many such professionals who have dedicated time to bring people together for creating a community of people who can do some good in their own small way.
We have many such soldiers who have dedicated time to inspire and mentor the youth and citizens at large.
Our founder and fellows meet several such people who decided to follow their heart and are creating a mindset change and dignity of labour for work that is belittled in our society, nation and world.
Our founder who is also an author has met many such young authors who specialize in romantic novels and have made that a career and also influenced huge mindset change in their circle of influence.
Our founder Jerry once encountered a Steward at the Delhi Airport lounge who offered to throw a tissue he used into the waste basket. When Jerry hesitated in giving him the tissue and asked to be told where the waste basket was, he took a couple of tissues on his palm and asked our founder to keep the tissue on the tissue in his palm. Jerry was fascinated about his adherence to cleanliness and safety standards and offered him a fellowship since he also taught these standards to other colleagues.
An auto rickshaw driver from Hyderabad, Mr. Saddam Basha was one of the people who inspired us to start the Karmaveer awards. Saddam used to give up his livelihood on weekends and volunteer with Jerry’s group of volunteers in the camps created in the graveyards of Gujarat where the riot affected lived in 2002. Saddam’s story helped Jerry to mobilise several fellows from the corporate sector. Subsequently or fellows have shared with us stories of several other auto and cab drivers like Sandeep Bachche of Bombay who runs the Sandeep Bachche Foundation and gives 50% of his earnings to orphanages and elderly homes. Another cab driver Murali in Bangalore takes his passengers to public restrooms and refuses to stop on the road when passengers want to urinate. He even gives them money to pay for the public convenience fee. This is our REXKarmaveer Global Fellow and a hero who makes a big difference with his idea for action. Another auto driver in Ahmedabad, Uday Bhai gives customers the best ride and experience of a lifetime and Jerry uses his example to teah customer centricity to corporate executives, since he makes his customers feel happy and even tells them to pay whatever they feel like paying and does not ask them for the meter tariff.
Shweta Katti is the daughter of a sex worker and the first girl from the Kamathipura sex work district to get a full scholarship to pursue her Masters in Liberal Arts at the Bard University in Boston. She is now learning Entrepreneurship in London. At a press conference, she spoke about how her mother is her hero and inspired her to be more, do more and learn more. Her mum also inspired other women to educate their daughters and sons. Shweta has now inspired several other girls to become entrepreneurs. We have also discovered and nominated several other sex workers who run health care projects or health education programs in their respective areas of work and for us they are all worthy fellows.
We have many such experts who are our fellows. They invest the time to conduct weekend classes for communities living in slums and other places where there is migrant labour. Some also provide pro bono service for several causes and organisations.
We have several people from the LGBT community who are our fellows. They do work for LGBT rights, some are theatre artistes, some are script writers and actors in Hindi Movies, some are animal activists, some are educators in schools and colleges and some are working in mainstream organisations. They are all contributing in creating a much-needed positive mindset change in our society.
We have many such filmmakers and movie directors who are our fellows. Imitiaz Ali made a commercial movie called Tamasha, which created a mindset change to understand great parenting. Or a commercial documentary filmmaker who made a short film that speaks about equality in marriages or the need for a cleaner India or highlights the story of the rat catchers of Bombay.
We have many such artistes as our fellows and award recipients. Farhan Akthar for example included the scene in their movie “Dil Dhadakne Do”, (where Rahul Bose claims he allowed his wife to work), to sensitize the public to understand inherent gender equity and equality. Or Uday Benegal of Indus Creed fame, who includes a message to support the Robin Hood army in between his songs in places where sings be it a concert or a nightclub performance.
We have many such individuals who are doing alternative things besides fending for their livelihood in their day jobs. For example one of our fellows Mr. Rex Fernandes has made it his mission to mainstream and promote the local language of Konkani (which is a dying language) with people around the world. Another fellow Roshni Shenazz who is an angel healer, not only heals people with her angel therapy but also educates slum kids and send s them to mainstream schools.
We have many such individuals who have dedicated their lives for a cause.
We have a number of government servants who are doing this for making their city cleaner and greener. We also have many bureaucrats who run their own social initiatives and also actively advocate against corruption and promote best practices in Government offices.
We have many such individuals who are doing this to encourage kids who cannot afford the fees of a school.
We have many such lawyers who have been doing this. They say this helps them to get immense satisfaction and also gives them a sense of purpose and accomplishment for making a difference in their own small way.
We have many such designers who have been contributing part of their income to raise funds for those who are deprived and broke.
We have many such students from class 1 onwards to post graduates who dedicate their time to the society instead of spending time with friends.
We have many homemakers who dedicate their weekends for the community at large.
Our fellowship council has identified many such unserved and underserved street kids who beg or sell books on the streets, but also do their bit to make a difference. Jerry has met many beggars who serve as police- informers to report criminals who actively rob homes or indulge in other criminal activities.
We have many educators and teachers who have been nominated and chosen for the fellowship over the years.
We have many bureaucrats who have been nominated by the fellows for their conduct and being and doing right.