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6th Annual Ideal Village Conference (online)

Stanford University, Sept. 29-30, 2021

Theme: Post-Pandemic Normal - The Path Forward

Thursday, September 30

View Agenda in PDF

Healthcare & Nutrition

7:30 AM

Day 2 Welcome and Update from WHEELS Global Foundation

7:30 AM

Dr. Kanwaljeet S Anand, Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine CA - Welcome YouTube

7:35 AM

Suresh Shenoy, WHEELS Global Foundation NJ - Sustaining rural development during the pandemic - PDF YouTube

Societal Issues

Session Chair: Dr James Doty, Founder/Director, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Dept of Neurosurgery, Stanford YouTube

7:45 AM

Keynote: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living Foundation - Thriving in the post pandemic era - emerging from lockdowns, loneliness, isolation YouTube

8:15 AM

Sri M, The Satsang Foundation - The Village Story - lessons for the post pandemic world YouTube

8:35 AM

Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai - Importance of the Inner Journey, a pandemic enabled opportunity to seek within YouTube

8:55 AM

Wrap up by Dr Doty YouTube

7:45 AM

9:00 AM

Sustainable Livelihoods

Session Chair:  Dr Smita Siddhanti, President & Founder, EnDyna Inc. Washington DC YouTube

9:00 AM

Arun Jain Intellect Design - Mission Samriddhi - Holistic development of Ideal Village - PDF YouTube

9:15 AM

Dr R S Sodhi AMUL - Maintaining rural livelihoods by safeguarding the food supply chain during the pandemic - PDF YouTube

9:30 AM

Timothy Rush, Director of Re-Employment, State of Mississippi - Creating jobs during the pandemic in a highly underserved part of the US YouTube

9:45 AM

Zoom audience Q & A YouTube

10:00 AM

Energy and Environment

Session Chair:  Ray Larsen SLAC Stanford YouTube

10:00 AM

John Nelson IEEE Smart Village project - Rural energy solutions for the developing world - PDF YouTube

10:15 AM

Dr Paul N Edwards, Stanford Center for Intl Security & Cooperation - The climate crisis and the global village - PDF YouTube

10:30 AM

Dr. Robin Podmore, President IncSys & SVSV Rotary: New directions for market-based Smart Village development - PDF YouTube

10:45 AM

Zoom audience Q&A YouTube

11:00 AM

Dr Kamrul Ahsan, AARDO representative - Bangladesh's comprehensive village development program - Covid issues & Sustainability - PDF YouTube

11:15 AM

Closing Keynote: Dr Vibha Gupta Founder - Wardha Center for Science in Villages - PDF YouTube

11:35 AM

Key Takeaways & Recommendations:

Dr Sunny Anand YouTube

12:00 PM

Ending Rural Health Disparities in Arkansas: A New Partnership Model for Government and Hospitals
Special talk from Arkansas Governor's Office: Cindy Gillespie, Secretary Dept of Human Services, Arkansas -

12:30 PM

Vote of Thanks and Next Steps by Drs. Anand & Kamath - YouTube

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