Welcome to the World of GenWE
GenWE is an innovative social movement with the purpose to eliminate tomorrow’s discrimination and social exclusion by levering the power of today’s youth. We believe that real dialogue builds trust, empathy, and relationships. These are the essential ingredients for social integration and inclusion
By pairing teenagers of different backgrounds together, and providing them with a platform where they can have dialogue, learn from each other, we enable the younger generation to begin the journey to make real tangible change and become global citizens.
GenWE teens also learn from experts and in other interesting fun ways to build real life leadership skills like self-awareness, problem solving, confidence. Partner with us today to begin building real world leadership skills in our youth, and together we will ensure that we bring the world closer for the next generation, in which I turns into WE.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
The journey towards wanting to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive world stemmed from a life of experiences.
My father worked with the Indian Air Force, which meant packing our bags and relocating to a new and unexplored city every three years. Our life on the road filled my childhood with new experiences – listening to unfamiliar languages, experimenting with new cuisines, and most importantly, immersing myself in new social and cultural norms, and compelling me to always see what I could find outside “the known”.
The diversity and “boundarylessness” of my childhood flowed seamlessly into my professional life. My work career spans 30 years across India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, the US and the Middle East. My last role at PepsiCo was the SVP Human Resources for Asia, the Middle East and Africa…. a region encompassing 70 countries!
As I grew to be a cultural nomad in my own country, our 15-year-old daughter Tarana, is growing up to be a cultural nomad outside her country. Meal times are peppered with her searching questions about cultural differences and relationships.
A combination of our observations, travels, work experiences, friendships with people of different ethnicities, combined with Tarana’s constant questioning, inspired my wife Archana and I to have our second child – GenWE! People tell you that you should have your children early (I guess that’s why in most startups founders are in
their twenties). But what can I say except that I am a late bloomer 😊
What is GenWE
GenWE Inc is a company incorporated in the US. S/he is an online platform that strives to build inclusion, empathy and real life leadership skills in teenagers by pairing teenagers from different socio-economic backgrounds. Our mission is to build a world that moves beyond I, You, and Them to a new generation… Generation WE.
There are four reasons why I am so passionate about GenWE:
Appreciate Differences – We have more in common with others than we realize. However, from early years, we are encouraged to embrace the familiar and shun differences, programming us towards discrimination. With the intent of minimizing differences amongst students, schools undertake teacher training and design anti-bullying policies. The good work done by schools needs to be supplemented to overcome our biased programming. GenWE pairs teenagers from different backgrounds to learn from each other and experience the world using a “positive and curious lens”.
Build Real Leadership Skills – While today’s generation is analytical and digitally savvy, they are not street smart and adaptable like our generation was as teenagers. Not their fault! Parents are obsessively focused on academics and children spend their spare time on technology – insulated from a world of playgrounds. Playgrounds simulate the real world by offering meaningful interactions with the strong, the meek, the smart & “the different”. Children understand the politics of when to lead & when to follow. Devoid of such experiences, in the future, it will be challenging for them to navigate discussions and negotiate opinions with people from diverse backgrounds. GenWE through pairing and curated programs helps build real life leadership skills.
Break the Echo Chambers – Social media algorithms perpetuate our socioeconomic inequality by feeding news and information based on where we live, where we shop and websites we browse. It’s all machine learning based and is creating echo chambers for teenagers by influencing them to socialize with and read news curated for their “bubble”. Connecting teenagers from different backgrounds can infuse fresh perspectives and break the echo chamber.
Create a Boundaryless World – Corporates invest in building an inclusive culture through implementation of policies and programs that aim to foster a DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) mindset in employees. Organizations are “mini diverse worlds” and can exert a larger influence in creating inclusive societies by connecting employees’ children from different backgrounds to learn from each other and build meaningful relationships based on common interests. Through GenWE, organizations can become boundaryless and unlock a more powerful employee and family engagement model specially for the frontline employees.