I am the grandson of Sikh villagers, who became refugees after the 1947 Partition of India.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, I received a classical British education, leading me to Cambridge University where I studied Anthropology.
Upon graduating, I embarked on a tour of the world, searching for pragmatic utopians, exploring ecovillages, and thankfully re-connecting with the infinite potential that lies within all of us.
At the same time, I was running an education business I had co-founded with my brother. First we delivered workshops around the world and seemed to inspire hundreds of students. Then we tried to create a new kind of university, and we failed.
At that point, I got a job as a community organiser working with refugees, became the first Ambassador for Democracy Earth, gave this TEDx talk envisaging a future world democracy, and ran an election campaign locally, which we lost. I learned a lot from all this.
Now, re-inspired by the attempts of those such as Christ, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, to demonstrate love for all, while doing harm to none, I feel compelled to take more radical action.
So I’m moving out of the city, to establish an eco-republic home and community, while also helping to build MakeSoil.org - a global movement focused on helping more people to make better soil.