October 10, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

Personal Transformation in Nepal and around the world: How Heifer International Creates Deep Personal Change that Lead to Economic and Community Development

Talk description:
Through its programming and intervention around the world, Heifer International’s Values-Based Holistic Community Development is creating personal transformation in local communities around the world. This incubator session, which is based on informal interviews with dozens of community members across ten separate communities in Nepal, will share the nature of that transformation as seen through the lens of Robert Quinn’s work and describe the impact Heifer International is having on the lives of many.

Julien C. Mirivel is interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Communication and Professor of Applied Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The College of Social Sciences and Communication (CSSC) features a community of teacher-scholars and students whose mission is to apply theory and research to drive social change and inspire human expression, reflection, and interconnection.

Avinash Thombre is a Professor of Communication Studies. He is presently the Online Program Coordinator at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Since 2001, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Nonverbal Communication, Small Group Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Communication and Change and Communication Theory. A native of India, he previously taught and has guest lectured in India, Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina. He received his bachelor and Master’s degree from Bangalore University and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2004.

Mahendra Lohani, a native of Nepal, has served Heifer International for over twenty years, as both a volunteer and, currently, as Senior Vice President of Programs. He is a veterinarian with Master’s and Doctorate degrees in animal nutrition and agricultural economics. As Senior Vice President of Programs, Dr. Lohani provides direction and leadership to Heifer’s programs in Africa, Asia and Europe. Under Dr. Lohani’s guidance, the program is focused on building strong social capital in addition to livestock development and pro-poor wealth-creating value chains. Dr. Lohani leads a team of highly motivated staff, focused on accountability systems at both project and management levels.

Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

Learn more about the Adderley Positive Research Incubator here and direct questions about individual sessions to Amy Young at baldwin@umich.edu.