Meet our community of facilitators, who are self-led volunteers catalyzing learning for self and their communities. It is through their own leadership and practice of learning(reflection, action and silence) they are creating a movement of learning communities across India.
“My journey in this program has led to great self-empowerment. Moreover, this shift in myself is clearly influencing a shift in my school, where I am able to create a culture of learning, listening and productivity.”
“CLDP helped me change my drishtikon (point of view) for the better.”
“A strong bond and connection amongst the clusters of HoS has helped me overcome in & out-school challenges.”
“What I’ve learned is that listening to people and getting to know them can lead to a very different response.”
“Meeting, listening, sharing, and understanding each other’s feelings helped a principal change their decision to go for a VRS to become a very successful principal.”
“I developed an increased empathic connection with my school staff that further enhanced the overall functioning of the school.”
Surabhi Talesara, Udaipur and Austin Texas
Surabhi Talesara is a licensed School Psychologist, Therapist, Conscious Parent Coach and Certified Teen Facilitator. She founded Nidar (fearLESS in Hindi) with the hope of supporting individuals and systems (families and schools) to take action towards creating a life that is meaningful and effortless. She resides in Udaipur and Austin, Texas. Her intention for her work is to help individuals gain deeper insight into their life, gain fresh perspectives and make healthy and sustainable changes so they live with emotional strength and self-confidence.
Surabhi says, “to be a part of this larger movement that guides the learners to pause, reflect, cultivate awareness has been very exciting for me”. She further adds, through Createnet she’s had the opportunity to learn with like-minded people. Where she feels a sense of belonging with her group of facilitators (for personal and collective learning). She’s excited to have the Creatnet platform be a contributor to the big shift in how the process of learning is seen.
Surabhi is currently co-facilitating a group of teachers with Vasudha. Most of the teachers are based in Ujjain. Her learnings as a facilitator have allowed for growth in many spaces of her life, not just the classroom or an organisation. She has always valued silence and reflection but experiencing these spaces in her teacher and facilitator groups has allowed for a deeper transformation. She has experienced the power of the sense of belonging, collective learning, and building the courage to bring about a change in herself as well as in systems, in ways it aligns with her core values.
Surabhi sees herself as a lifelong learner. She feels work as a facilitator (which she sees as a process; a way of life) includes not just a personal commitment. And counts on her community of fellow facilitators for this ongoing learning. She feels Creatnet provides a wonderful platform for this personal, collective/systemic change that aligns with her core values. She truly loves the people she works with. Surabhi’s vision as a facilitator is to enable each individual to find the leader in them. As a lifelong learner. And she hopes she can keep growing and facilitating the same in others.
Surabhi Talesara (TLP 2021 – 2022)
Udaipur and Austin Texas
Suma E P, New Delhi (Youth)
Suma heads a martech company based in New Delhi, Niswey. She has been an entrepreneur for over 16 years. Our founder, Darshan’s words of urging people to give 16 hours per month of their time to any cause they felt strongly about, made an impact. And inspired her to volunteer her time as a facilitator with Creatnet.
Suma’s learnings as a facilitator has been to figure out the immense reserves one might have as a human being, and channel that to serve others. Suma feels every session is different and letting it evolve as it may within the context of the framework is something that she’s currently experiencing.
She is currently co-facilitating a group of youth online that’s largely from Tamil Nadu.
Her vision as a facilitator is, to be a part of something that enables the youth to think for themselves in all aspects of their lives and be able to handle anything that life throws at them. Suma believes that facilitating can enable the larger education systems to change as people will learn to look inward, rather than outward. And see how their state of being could be contributing to the problem.
Suma E P
Vivek Dixit, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh (Youth)
Vivek Dixit, a postgraduate in Event Management and Graduation in B.A (Hons) Political Science. He is currently working as a facilitator with Creatnet Education. Empowering a community of lifelong learners and enhancing one’s skill-set inspired him to volunteer his time with creatnet.
Vivek’s learning as a facilitator has been to grow in life by recognising and accepting one’s strengths and weaknesses. As of now, Vivek facilitates 10 students from different states in the country. He aspires to constantly work on himself to evolve as a person and a facilitator. Vivek hopes to contribute his time to the community of learners for as long as possible.
In Vivek’s perspective, facilitation brings a change in the larger education system, as it enables the student to recognise their weaknesses and learn to grow from them. Thus, being self-aware individuals that strive to be the best version of themselves in their academic and personal life.
Preeti Kumari, Meerut (Youth)
Preeti Kumari is a student, who aspires to pursue M.Sc in applied microbiology. She’s keen to contribute her time to students and help empower a community of students. She feels her work with the community gives her a greater sense of fulfilment than her paid work. Hence, she has always been motivated to contribute her time. During the rise of COVID 19, she helped accelerate learning for visually impaired students by recording books for them.
Preeti feels her learning as a facilitator has been to express herself and her point of view clearly. She is currently facilitating a group of teen leaders with Simran. Her vision as a facilitator is to enable the students she facilitates to implement their learnings as much as possible.
Preeti believes a facilitator is someone with a greater sense of empathy for his/her students. An individual who understands students’ challenges from their perspective rather than her/his own. She also feels through facilitation students are empowered to confront life obstacles with a positive attitude
Bhawna Badola, Noida (Youth)
Bhawna is the CEO of TREE Craze Foundation. She was inspired to volunteer her time as a facilitator with Creatnet because she wanted to learn how to mobilise volunteers and understand the core concepts of leadership.
Bhawna feels understanding the difference between teaching and facilitating is her biggest learning as a facilitator. She’s also discovered how to prioritise things in life, how to say ‘no’, how to say unpleasant things, and how to resolve a conflict.
Bhawna is currently facilitating an online YLP group. The urge to connect with new people as well as to feel inspired by interacting with fellow facilitators drives her to continue on this path. Her vision as a facilitator is to sensitise people toward finding it normal to be vulnerable and compassionate. Bhawna feels it is of utmost importance to introduce facilitation to further ensure that students continue to think, create, and explore.
Jayshree Bhatt, Haldwani, Uttrakhand (Youth)
Jayshree is currently a student of BHU pursuing a master’s in Psychology.
The idea that she can impact lives by making the world a better place and also become a better version of herself inspired her to volunteer her time as a facilitator with Creatnet.
Jayshree’s learnings as a facilitator are that sometimes one does not have control over a situation but they have control over their reaction to the situation. She’s currently facilitating team PreSh online with Preeti, under the mentorship of Bhawana and Vijay. Her ability to create a safe space for kids and help them work on themselves, drives her to work on this path. As a facilitator, she wants teens to fear nothing and discover their true potential.
According to Jayshree, everyone might have the same mind but not the same way of learning and facilitation is helping students grow holistically by addressing their needs individually. This chain learning and the concept of self-learner can make students capable of learning everything, bringing change to the larger system.
Tanya Agarwal, Meerut (Youth)
Tanya is from a Science background (PCM), though she’s currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking. Her belief in sharing what you have inspired her to volunteer her time as a facilitator with Creatnet. She was previously a participant in one of Creatnet’s programs to increase her self-awareness.
Tanya feels every session is a new experience for a facilitator. Since each participant brings a unique perspective to the group, a facilitator’s job becomes to adapt to all the different ideas and reflections. As a facilitator, her learning has been to shape every topic in a way that is relatable and meaningful for the group’s members. Tanya is currently facilitating an online group.
Her value of enlightening others with what you already have drives her to continue on the path of facilitation. Tanya’s vision as a facilitator is to continue to share the learnings of the sessions with those who cross her path.
According to Tanya, facilitation is all about making other people think. She believes that once we’re given a point to ponder upon, we’re all capable of deciding the best for ourselves. In her conclusion, Tanya states that facilitation is important for teaching and it needs to be integrated into our educational system.
Nazmeen Khan, Nerul, Navi Mumbai (Youth)
Nazmeen is working as a Project Manager at DBM India NGO as well as assisting in student placements. Gaining confidence and evolving more leadership qualities within, while serving the nation inspired her to volunteer her time as a facilitator with Creatnet.
Nazmeen’s role as a facilitator taught her to listen to people calmly, a skill she feels she hadn’t developed earlier. She is currently facilitating an online youth program for Deonar Branch students of DBM India NGO.
Nazmeen’s drive to continue on the path of facilitation stems from enabling the skill set of the youth as well as helping them discover and develop the best version of themselves through an expertly designed program. She feels facilitation brings a change to the broader education system by allowing a safe space for students to voice their opinions and letting them speak out loud as a new generation. Nazmeen also believes prioritising students’ vision is the way forward.
Nerul, Navi Mumbai
Anurag Sharma, Amritsar (Teen)
Anurag Sharma is currently working as a home tutor and pursuing his masters in mathematics. It’s because of his job he realised that he enjoys spending time with kids, so learning more about them and learning with them inspired him to volunteer his time as a facilitator with Creatnet.
Anurag feels he learns with every session and experiences how it feels on the other side of the bench. He also learnt that he has an inherent desire to tell others ‘what something is’ (even if it’s only what he thinks), and he’s now learning to be more accepting as well as open to newer perspectives.
Anurag is currently facilitating online and working with teenagers in the ‘Teen leaders programme’. He believes the sessions fill him up with renewed vigour for the whole week, and he can practise so many ideas in his life that have been enabled by the students.
According to Anurag, facilitation has taught him how it feels on both sides of the classroom. It’s made him more accepting and he now does not judge the kids for anything. He says he’s learning from their experiences and realising that kids have so much to say, they just lack a medium to vent out. They feel neglected, alone and alienated. He adds that, perhaps learning will be more fun for the students if he can relate to them and make them feel comfortable. He believes this creates a positive feedback loop that will eventually bring the change he hopes to see in the world.
Simran, Amritsar (Youth)
Simran is an MBA student and a part-time academic tutor. Seeing her parents working for the welfare of society, and her motivation to help bring about a change in the society inspired her to volunteer her time as a facilitator with Creatnet. She feels Creatnet provided her with the perfect platform to render her service and fuel her idea of bringing change.
As a facilitator, Simran has learned a lot about her thinking patterns, learnt emotional control, recognised her weaknesses and turned them into her strengths as well as gained more confidence. She’s also been able to heal the past unconscious psychological distress, as a facilitator. She’s currently facilitating an online youth program with Preeti.
Simran’s experience of seeing students’ thought processes grow, their enthusiasm and curiosity to learn, and seeing them develop outstanding qualities for themselves motivates her to continue on this path of facilitation. In her opinion, the effectiveness of the program makes one appreciate the process of enabling future leaders in the youth.
Simran believes the current education system is more theoretical than practical, where the pressure on students is only to learn like a parrot instead of any practical output. Whereas she hopes facilitation can bring a change in the larger education system as it shapes future leaders by helping them develop leadership qualities and enabling their self-awareness.
Namrata Roy (Teen)
Namrata is currently associated with BeOne Inc. of Creatnet Fashion and is working as a Buyer for the brands – Playa Lucila & Garrie B. She credits the opportunity to create a positive change in herself and the people around her inspired her to volunteer her time as a facilitator with Creatnet.
Namrata felt the program has worked as a mirror for her, it’s helped her reflect on all her qualities as well as helped her understand and develop her skills. Through facilitating she’s discovered that she’s a brave, mature, independent and dependable individual. She is currently facilitating a teen leadership program with Kunal.
The thrill of rediscovering herself in a new way drives her to continue on this path of facilitation. According to Namrata, the process of facilitating helps to bring out the inbuilt qualities and values of oneself. A facilitator doesn’t tell what’s right or wrong but helps make it easier for one to decide what’s right or wrong, which is why she believes facilitation is both mirroring and helping to know oneself better.
Kunal Singh, Bathinda, Punjab (Teen)
Kunal is a student currently preparing for SBB, he hails from a defence background as his father served in the army. The ideologies of the Creatnet community and to explore as well as meet new people inspired him to volunteer his time as a facilitator with Creatnet.
As a facilitator, Kunal learned how to reflect in the right way, how to question yourself, and how to listen without responding. He’s also discovered that he’s not an introvert but rather someone who is open to connecting and relating to others. Reflections helped him to understand his thoughts and facilitation has helped him connect to spirituality. He’s currently facilitating a teen leaders program.
Selflessness and living with understanding people drive him to continue on this path of facilitation. Kunal hopes he’s able to facilitate even after he has joined the armed forces. According to him, facilitation can bring a change in the larger education system as it inculcates qualities like self-drive and self-discovery in students. They’re also able to learn things like managing emotions, spirituality, etc, which Kunal feels aren’t generally taught at school.
Aafiya Hamid, Kashmir Shopian, (Teen)
Aafiya is currently Pursuing PhD in Education from the School of Education & Behavioural Sciences at Kashmir University. Pravah, a Delhi-based organisation, inspired her to volunteer her time as a facilitator with Creatnet. She also believes to see the world as a better place we must always share our bit as responsible human beings for the betterment of society.
As a facilitator, Aafiya has learned about – active listening, practising silence, IKigai, managing oneself, embracing change, and resolving conflicts. Furthermore, she discovered that the art of asking the right questions and digging deeper is always a better option than giving advice or suggestions to others. She’s currently facilitating a teen leaders program with Hema.
Aafiya is driven by her dedication to helping the community of students. She strongly believes that as a human being each one has a responsibility to give something back to our society in every possible way. She’s also a learner and facilitation always helps her to grow each day. Her vision as a facilitator is to see every learner being successful in their respective lives as well as to see them grow and prosper every day. She wishes to teach students the power of patience and perseverance.
According to Aafiya, facilitation can bring a positive change in the larger education system by providing students with an opportunity to participate actively and share their ideas and views by asking probing questions.