Stories of Adversity & Resilience

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We encourage individuals from diverse faith, cultural, knowledge, identity, ancestral, age, and professional backgrounds to share their personal Stories of Adversity & Resilience caused as a result of rejection of being different. The simple act of sharing helps individuals to not feel alone in their struggles as their stories are heard and empathized with by others. The act of sharing also empowers individuals as they become teachers to others of the many harmful faces of rejection. And finally, the act of sharing with people from diverse backgrounds taps into a Tapestory™ of Stories & Support, a wonderfully rich resource of different tools and approaches previously unknown and inaccessible to the story-tellers that may help them transform their helplessness, sadness, and anger into strength, resilience, and optimism.



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In January 2017, our team set out with a recorder to listen to Stories of Adversity & Resilience at various venues, including:
  • MLK Service Day in different counties across MD ( Watch Video )
  • Inauguration Weekend in Washington, D.C.
  • Interfaith Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C

We spoke to a wide variety of individuals, including ( Watch Video ):
  • a Nigerian-American immigrant who came as a child to the U.S.
  • a European-American Presbytarian woman engaged in interfaith work 
  • an Indian-American Muslim man who came to the U.S. for work
  • an African-American grandmother who witnessed the D.C. riots in the 1960s
  • a European-American woman raising biracial children
  • a Chinese-American man working to increase educational opportunities
  • an Iranian-American Baha'i woman who works to improve the lives of women​
  • a European-American male nurse concerned about inter-community conflict


A Republic of Resilience (coming soon)
Over 200 interviews from around the country sharing stories of resilience in the face of threats, intimidations, crude behavior, and incivility aimed at different 'other' groups

From 'Other' to Brother and Sister (coming soon)
What happens when a white boy and a brown girl show up with a microphone at an African-American community center in Prince George's County, MD?

This Is What Democracy Looks Like (coming soon)
From a Minneapolis gay couple and a Pennsylvania male nurse to a New York Muslim activist, people came to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. with a desire to have their voices heard.

A Transgenerational Moment (coming soon)
An African-American grandmother experienced the 1960s riots in Washington, D.C. and fears how her granddaughters will feel today when confronted with bullying and sexist language. Hear from Capitol Region youth wanting a seat at the table as America reclaims her character.
Śramani Institute
The Śramani Institute is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit institution currently active in the United States and India. Our Mission is to generate and implement effective, long-term, sustainable, and equitable solutions to concertedly solve the 5 Major Human-Ecological Challenges facing humanity today: poverty, hunger & ill-health, environmental degradation, violence & disenfranchisement, and identity loss. 

The Śramani Institute synergistically solves these Challenges by promoting attitudes and behaviors (cultures) and Knowledge & Technologies (KT) that are rooted in ourselves and in nature. From our grassroots work over several years working with ancient and tribal communities we have learned that when individuals and communities are rooted in themselves and/or in the natural environments (ecosystems) they live in, they are remarkably innovative, peaceful, self-reliant, and enjoy a high overall Quality of Life.

Thus, an important part of the Śramani Institute's approach is to learn from diverse rooted – especially ancient and tribal – communities across the world, help them revitalize their cultures and Knowledge & Technologies (KT), and adapt these cultures and KT to rural and urban settings to enhance the wellbeing of a larger number of communities and ecosystems through Hybrid Knowledge & Technologies (HKT).