About Us

VISION

Young people have awakened. They are participating, building and striving to nurture a purposeful community.

MISSION

To develop learning ecosystems that encourage and support youthful leaders in finding creative ways to address persistent social issues in their communities.

संघर्ष, निर्माण, and सेवा (i.e. to make an energetic effort, to create purposeful change, and to be in the service of others) are the chosen paths.

STRATEGY

The university brings together philosophers, activists, writers, artists, designers and coders who collectively develop guided programs and service learning curriculum that empower citizens to realize the extraordinary in themselves.

ESSENCE

“ब्रह्म वा इदमग्र आसीत्, तदात्मनामेवावेत्, अहं ब्रह्मास्मीति | तस्मात्तत्सर्वमभवत्; तद्यो यो देवानां प्रत्यबुध्यत स एव तदभवत्, तदषीर्णाम् तथा मनुष्याणाम्,…”

“This (self) was indeed Universe in the beginning; it knew only itself as, “I am the Universe”. Therefore it became all; and whomever among the gods knew it also became That; and the same with sages and men…”
(Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10)

The University of Commons, also referred to as लोक विश्वविद्यालया, is a commoners collective formed at Mindtree.org, that works towards one goal of uniting the self with the community.

The idea of University has brought together individuals and communities through its open programs, conferences, and workshops to learn and practice; aiming at simplifying the way we live, interact with the commons. Commoners attempt to make learning engaging and enjoyable through conversations, service learning, and reflections.

VALUES

Be you!

In a world that pressures us to be somebody else, we create a space where we can be our whole selves. We create spaces where we can be wonderfully weird, where we can be open with our thoughts and feelings.

Be there!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles…The credit belongs to the man who is in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat & blood…” Theodore Roosevelt

Be with them!

We believe in people. We believe in commoners and their style of commoning. None of us know who might change the course of history. So we treat everyone as though it might be them.

Be young!

Its not about age. The young in you is built to learn. Unconcerned with the judgment of others, the youngness wholeheartedly embrace the awkwardness of being a beginner. They dive in, stumble, and learn rapidly from their mistakes.

Be visionary!

We set our gaze on our long-term vision and take the long-view on the daily decisions we make. We recognize that building something that matters doesn’t happen overnight, and we press forward with long-term wisdom.

Be the Change!

There is no substitute of leading oneself into action. Action that is backed by knowledge & fearlessness. We, commoners, begin with the change we wish to see around us. And yes, we enjoy every bit of it..