Bunker Roy and Megan Fallone to Discuss the "Barefoot Approach"
On April 21st
and 22nd, the SU Humanities Center in conjunction with the South
Asia Center and Cornell University’s South Asia Program, will host Sanjit “Bunker”
Roy, founder of Barefoot College, and Megan Fallone, CEO of Barefoot College
International, to give a talk on the Barefoot approach to rural development and
poverty alleviation. The talk on April 21st will take place in
Maxwell Auditorium at 5:30 PM and the talk on April 22nd will take
place in the Gateway Center at SUNY ESF at 7:00 PM.
The Barefoot College, located in Tilonia, Rajasthan, is the
only college built by and for the rural poor with a focus on decentralizing and
demystifying technology, placing it in the hands of those most in need. Its
"Barefoot Approach” to empowering communities towards self-sufficiency is
grounded on the lifestyle and work of Mahatma Gandhi. The college has
successfully trained grandmothers from throughout the developing world to be
solar engineers so that they can bring electricity to their remote villages.
Roy and Fallone will share some of the “barefoot solutions”
that have transformed the lives of more than 3 million rural people across 75
countries in the developing world--“solutions” that center on solar energy,
water, education, connectivity, health care, handicrafts and the empowerment of