See FastCompany profile of my work - http://www.fastcompany.com/1711352/2011-ted-fellow-cuts-through-wartime-censorship-in-sri-lanka
Schooled at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, Sanjana read English at the University of Delhi, India and as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, was awarded an Advanced Masters in Conflict Resolution and International Relations from the University of Queensland, Brisbane with a Dean's Commendation for High Achievement.
He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives. Sanjana is a frequent commentator on journalism and new media in domestic and international fora. In addition to hosting a talk show on public television, he also lectured at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ) for a number of years, teaching journalists to use web, Internet and mobile technologies to strengthen professional, independent and investigative journalism. Sanjana is the founding editor and curates the entire media operations of Groundviews (www.groundviews.org), an award-winning web based civic media initiative.
Since 2006, Sanjana is a Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the Foundation, Sanjana works to further the use of ICTs in crisis information management and peacekeeping initiatives at the United Nations. As a Fellow of the Centre for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Sanjana has contributed to the praxis of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), focussing on mobile telephony's utility in ethno-political conflict transformation.
In 2011, Sanjana was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded a TED Fellowship, two years after he was awarded a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation. Both awards recognise pioneering efforts to leverage web based citizen journalism and new media to bear witness to violence and strengthen democracy, human rights and a just peace.
Areas of Expertise
peacebuilding, New Media, Citizen Journalism, Journalism
An idea worth spreading
Bearing witness to inconvenient truths through new media.
I'm passionate about
Using Information and Communications Technologies, new media and mobiles for peacebuilding and human rights. Travelling and reading compete for attention.
Talk to me about
1. Peacebuilding, which is not always achieved through non-violence and negotiations. 2. English literature. 3. New media literacy, which is more than IT literacy.
People don't know I'm good at
Singing karaoke very badly. I also know far more than someone at my age should about teen pop.
My TED story
What you take back from TED is a sense of wonder, but also an abiding sadness, that the world is perhaps not listening as much as it can, and should, to the thoughts expressed by Fellows and Speakers at TED.