Deepak Ramola, Founder and Artistic Director, Project FUEL
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About Project FUEL
Project FUEL collects life lessons from people of all ages and backgrounds around the world and passes on the learning through educational modules, art, and media. The organization seeks to build a community of young adults who live, learn and share in order to make meaningful psycho-social and emotional contribution to themselves and the society in large. The vision is to fill the need gap of advices and solutions using the human experience and by making each life count. To facilitate this, we design full-length workshops, art-based projects, digital content, and events to help internalize them. We use social media platforms, documentary films and regularly updated Hindi and English blogs as mediums other than the workshops to facilitate the reach of human learnings to a wide range of audience.
The innovation in Project FUEL rests upon the methodology of life lessons itself. We document, design and pass on human wisdom through performance and interactive workshops, art-based community initiatives and digital content. From working towards integration of Syrian refugees in Europe to painting world’s first village of life lessons, our projects encourage creative solutions and tools for students to learn through an immersive engagement. Understanding wisdom through the lens of life lessons is significant because it eliminates the creation of stereotypes and transcends cultural context.
Each of our projects aim at shaping belief systems, breaking stereotypes and harnessing the collective power of people in different communities. In our first Masterpiece tour, we taught nearly 3500 students in seven schools across six cities and focused on building life skills such as effective communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, self-awareness and self-esteem. Through the project called ‘Out of Syllabus’, young students at schools are being encouraged to acknowledge the learnings of their teachers and ask about their life lessons. By collecting the life lessons of the teachers, we create a unique database of learnings that can act as a repository on human-interest stories and an advice bank for budding change-makers. These stories increase relatability to problems and motivate students to empathize, promoting a culture of peace and non-violence. We are also collaborating with the City Education Board of Antwerp, Belgium to harness the potential of human wisdom in making public school more democratic and inclusive. Using FUEL Methodology, members of the school will engage in a creative process aimed at making the life lessons of the learners as visible and tangible as possible.
Project FUEL was founded in 2009 by Deepak Ramola, and incorporated in 2014 following Deepak’s extensive work of teaching and conducting workshops. He has been teaching age groups 4-96 for past 10 years. From victims of human trafficking in Nepal to middle school children in Afghanistan to refugees in Europe. Through the course of his work, he devised, tested and polished the approach of using life lessons as a unique methodology to teach life skills. Deepak, is a featured United Nations speaker, a Merit 360 Action Plan Executor, a TED speaker, an educator, a writer, actor, lyricist and a gold medalist in Mass Media studies from the University of Mumbai. He uses tools of theatre, spoken word poetry, storytelling, communicative expression and creative writing to design full length activities, exercises and games which are a part of his life skills workshops. He is a published poet, his first collection of Hindi poems ‘Itna Toh Main Samajh Gaya Hoon’ was released in January 2018. Deepak uses his multi-faceted experiences and multidimensional talents towards channeling everyday wisdom and experiences into easy to imbibe and apply, life lessons.