The KEF tribe is driven by the Purpose in our audacious goal, Autonomy in our decision-making, and Mastery in our cross-disciplined career trajectories.
“Finding your tribe is important, to be able to share your trials and tribulations in creating ideas and knowing it won’t come to fruition for the next three years. To perfect one solution in a 15-page document of directives takes seven and half years. That’s where the tribe steps in.”
Srivashist Sekar, one of our 162 Program Managers, has been working with the Government Institution in Rajasthan to take their education innovations at the State level. Listen to him talk about his experiences in identifying problems, the mindset of Changemakers in our organisation, and the importance of finding your tribe.
This place taught me to empathize and celebrate the failure and learn from them. The daily working life in here helps us bring the abstract ideology of seva bhaav to life as we explore the makings of a compassionate human being. The fact that each role here has been designed to ensure that the people can get Meaning, Learning, Joy & Pride ensures a trusting, compassionate, and autonomous community is created within functions. For me, the people here make a hub of compassionate practitioners who help realising my dreams.
For me, this organisation is a safe haven. KEF creates an ecosystem that nurtures the organic growth of every individual. Instead of competition, collaboration drives us as each one is committed to a cause and value. This environment values each person’s work ensures my inherent natural leadership shines. In the middle of the COVID pandemic, when the world experienced a turmoil, our priority was to cater to the employee’s social and emotional well-being through sessions on mental health to keep us aware, motivated, curious, creative and energetic.
Every day is different as we witness a simple idea in a school grow into a nation-wide campaign. The complexity of this problem wakes me up. With a great degree of freedom to experiment, fail, and learn the ideas always keep evolving and I get paid to make a positive change in someone’s life. I love that as the boss of my time and my work, I can choose to work 14 hours when needed and relax with family and friends.
Having been associated with KEF since 2015, I have always found the culture here very supportive and ripe with learning avenues. From my days as a fellow, I have regularly designed and piloted new ideas, honing my skills and building my perspective with each one. Through my work, I am able to understand the nuances of the public education delivery and the systems involved, which deepens each day. This helps me keep an open mind to where I can learn and adds meaning to my life.
If you aspire to work on a complex social issue which hampers the nation’s growth you will find diverse and compassionate young minds to work with here. The problems push me to innovate and define a ray of hope for the coming generation. I found solitude in loneliness, and on days with a tough goal, I always found a helping hand from my peers, (even to express myself in English here). My experiences pushed me to unlearn my biases and learn to cherish differences.
People interested in challenging their own mental schemata will fit right into KEF. You can find company in your self-discovery journey whether it is serving others, or shedding the ego, or exploring the spiritual self. Everyone has their own journey and the community helps you in it. And this value has been the steadfast focus of the leadership since Day 1. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the care I received to explore my hidden talents even as a veteran in my profession.