Founder and Board Directors - International Association for Human Values
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded IAHV in 1997 to empower people to put his universal message of love, compassion and non-violence into action through service.
About Our Founder
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded the International Association for Human Values in 1997 to empower people to put his universal message of love, compassion and non-violence into action through service.
Throughout Sri Sri’s initiatives and discourses runs a common message: by living universal human values, we can overcome the hatred, distress, apathy, and greed that threaten our societies and our environment. By strengthening our sense of humanity, we can achieve interfaith harmony, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation and grassroots development.
“Non-violence, friendliness and cooperation must come to be recognized as the new norm, as hallmarks of today’s true hero. Moreover, a sense of pride must be kindled in connection with these qualities, instead of with violence and aggression.”
– Sri Sri, March 2007
Sri Sri addresses diverse forums, including: the World Economic Forum, World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the European Parliament. He has also hosted symposiums including: the Truth & Reconciliation Conference (2007), International Conference on Human Values (2006), and the annual Corporate Culture and Spirituality Symposiums.
In a 2007 address to the United Nations, Sri Sri proposed the Universal Declaration of Human Values (Read PDF), which presents a fresh approach to fostering understanding and harmonious coexistence among different peoples and cultures, necessary for the UN to meet it’s Millennium Development goals.