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This event occurred on
April 21, 2010
10:30am - 10:30am IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)

"Enter to Learn and Serve" is the American School of Bombay's motto and the motivation for us to host TEDx events for our community. Our school’s mission is to “inspire all of our students to continuous inquiry, empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others". This event focused on balance, one of our ASB core values – “A balanced lifestyle is the essence of well-being.” As we look ahead to the 21st century and we consider the implications of issues like climate change, globalization, fundamentalism, and the ongoing information revolution to name a few, we recognize that people all over the world face tremendous challenges to bring health, safety, and fulfillment to their own lives and to make the world a better place. At the same time, we see phenomenal opportunities to address these challenges through leadership, economic integration, cross-cultural understanding, and democratic processes. Perhaps at no other time in the history of the world do so many individuals and organizations feel so empowered to make a positive difference. Yet, this is also a time, like so many others in the history of human kind, of deep and sometimes difficult soul searching -- How do we help our children to be better human beings? What can we do to help others? How do we find balance in our own lives while optimizing our contributions to our families, "tribes," and societies? This TEDxASB event did not attempt to bring resolution to these questions but rather provide unique perspectives on personal fulfillment and making a difference in the lives of others in our modern times .

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John Wood

Few individuals choose to walk away at the height of their corporate career to dedicate their life to a social cause. At age 35, John Wood did just that. He quit his position as Microsoft's Director of Business Development for the Greater China Region in order to found Room to Read, an award winning non-profit that over the past nine years has established over 7,500 libraries, donated and published 6 million books, built over 830 schools, and funded over 8,800 long-term scholarships for girls - impacting the lives of over 3.1 million students worldwide. John has received countless honors for his work, including recognition as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum and as one of Time Magazine's "Asian Heroes." Room to Read is a five-time winner of Fast Company Magazine's Social Capitalist Award, a recipient of the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Innovation, and a recipient of Draper Richards Fellowship for social entrepreneurs.

Dr. Paul Fochtman

Paul Fochtman is an award-winning educator bringing 20 years of experience exclusively in school administration and strategic planning. He is currently Superintendent of the American School of Bombay. His deep knowledge and experience in organizational learning is reflected in his leadership style and in the success of the schools he leads. He works closely with school owners, school boards, faculty, parents, and students to build world renowned, dynamic, child-centered international schools. He has many years of experience developing and implementing school strategic plans aligned with a shared vision for school effectiveness and 21st Century learning through the infusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital learning resources. He has executed the world’s most successful and internationally recognized tablet/laptop program that is focused on integrating 21st century skills and standards across the curriculum. Schools under his leadership have ensured enrollment growth and financial good health through effective oversight of school budgets. After a dozen years of experience leading two world-class schools in India, he holds a vast storehouse of knowledge about India. Dr. Fochtman will be leaving ASB at the end of this school year and joining Frankfurt International School/ International School of Wiesbaden as the next Head of School. His blog - The Banyan Tree.

Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is a self-taught mythologist, and the author (and often illustrator) of several works on aspects of myth, including the primer Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology and his most recent book, 7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art. He writes a column called "Management Mythos" for Economic Times that juxtaposes myth onto modern leadership challenges. His newest area of inquiry: How is traditional management, as expressed in old Indian cultural narratives, different from modern scientific management techniques?" As the Chief Belief Officer at Future Group in Mumbai, he helps managers harness the power of myth to understand their employees, their companies and their customers. He's working to create a Retail Religion, to build deep, lasting ties between customers and brands.

Organizing team


Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Shabbi Luthra
    Director of Technology
  • Joseph Cubas
    Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Savio D'Mello
    IT Infrastructure Manager
  • David Jordan
    Elementary School Teacher
  • Parul Kalbag
    High School Teacher
  • Jason Roy
    High School Teacher
  • Sahil Sud
    High School Student
  • Kavita Raha
  • Andrew Hoover
    Middle School Principal
  • Adam Khorakiwala
    High School Student
  • Madeleine Heide
    Assistant Superintendent
  • Bill Hoffmann
    Middle School Teacher
  • Alex Gustad
    CSR Coordinator
  • Scot Hoffman
    Elementary School Teacher
  • Kyle Heide
    High School Teacher/India Studies Coordinator
  • Paul Fochtman