360+ is a network of emerging leaders of US and Indian origin connected by their common experience working in India’s development sector over the last fifteen years. We have joined together to leverage our skills and knowledge to collaborate on diverse projects of common interest. We work primarily in South Asia.
A main focus of 360+ is to provide learning opportunities to young high schools students, often through travel. Students who participate in these programs come from communities who otherwise do not have access to such opportunities. Two primary projects are the Leadership Collective and R2Urban. The Leadership Collective started as a fully-funded study abroad opportunity for US high school students. In 2017, Indian students joined. In 2018, students from other countries will join as well. R2Urban provides rural students in India with exposure to urban environments to grow understanding in the vast country, comparing similarities and differences.
2018 Leadership Collective
Every year the Leadership Collective focuses on a unique theme relating to global connectivity and leadership. This year we are excited to announce the theme of Adaptive Resilience in a Changing World. By visiting communities in India that are creating solutions to modern global challenges, we will see people adapting to climate change, to poverty, to social and political trends, and to a world that is changing faster than it ever has. Students will also reflect on how their own ability to adapt while traveling relates to their ability to contribute to their own community’s current and future resilience.
Over five months, with four months of pre-departure engagement and one month of in-country experiential learning, 25 students will work together to build a holistic understanding of the theme. The in-country experience will take place at various sites across India. 2018 also brings two new exciting components for the Leadership Collective. For one, the 2018 program is open to students from around the world. We’re also building a mobile application to increase access, learning outcomes, and collaboration through technology.
R2Urban is another Learning through Travel initiatives of the 360+ network. The program designed to expose rural students to the urban environment, thereby broadening their knowledge and understanding of future options and opportunities. It involves experiential 4 to 5 day trips, with equal elements of education, interaction with urban peers, exposure to urban institutions including commercial establishments with opportunities to discuss differences, similarities and synergies between urban and rural ecosystems and people.
In January 2018, 360+ hosted students and teachers from APV School in Anjanisain, Uttarakhand to Bengaluru and Mysore, Karnataka. Their experience was captured by the group itself here.