Cultural Diplomacy Projects
Cultural diplomacy reveals the soul of a nation. Ravi's own initiatives, collaborations with various non-profits, and U.S. State Department sponsored tours promote cultural exchange and understanding through keynotes on entrepreneurship (a pillar of democracy), real-time audio-video interactions, and music programs that bring together talents from traditionally opposed cultures and religions, creating global harmony through innovation and the arts. Video
In 2018, Ravi launched Ravi Unites Schools, an initiative fostering interaction between student groups around the world (read more) and hosted global exchanges between students of education programs with which he partners: Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in Tamil Nadu India, EYM/Educating Young Minds in California USA, Poland School District in Ohio USA, NEXT School in Mumbai India, Stevens Point School District in Wisconsin USA, and more. Such exchanges can foster world peace by enabling kids to bond naturally before "learning" to hate each other. Video
In 2016 and 2017, Ravi collaborated with the U.S. Department of State and American Voices' YES Academies in Indonesia, Iraq, and Lebanon, teaching songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship. What do you think it looked like when Ravi went to Jakarta Indonesia and put a Christian, Buddhist, and Sharia Law Muslim in a room for two weeks with other equally diverse millennials, and taught them all to write songs together? Video. Imagine an Iraqi who had been captured by ISIS writing music with a Kurd whose family fled their country after being gassed by an Iraqi (Saddam Hussein). Video
In 2015 the U.S. Department of State deployed Ravi to Russia to deliver a week of keynotes on entrepreneurship in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
In 2014, the National Association of Music Merchants brought Ravi to Russia and China to deliver keynotes on American expertise in music retailing.
A dynamic, engaging speaker who can charm an audience in seconds. His disarming and genuine style left a very positive impression on our Russian audience. We were very pleased with Ravi's skills as a presenter and his sensitivity to cultural differences, and highly recommend him. - U.S. Department of State