Sumedhas, the Academy for Human Context, conceived in India in 1996, is a Section 25A company, a “not for profit” education and research body. Members of the Sumedhas community or Sumedhavins are from all walks of life. They are practitioners in industry, academia, social sector professionals, educationists, home-makers, students, and many others. The members of the Sumedhas community are those of us who are Fellows of Sumedhas, interns in the Process Work, and/or the Organization Development stream; and also includes those of us who have participated in any of the dialogue spaces i.e.; conferences, programs and local Chapter engagements offered by Sumedhas.
The Academy aims to study individuals and living systems i.e., family, collectives, communities, organizations, the nation; and reality as it occurs. Here learning is through experience so as to make possible new responses to contexts and situations. This learning also creates an opportunity to generate convictions that enable us to make choices and take actions that sustain life for us as individuals, collectives and for the living planet.
A Board of Directors drawn from the Fellowship of the Academy is responsible for governance. The Chairperson and the Executive Director coordinate the conduct of Board affairs and the operations of the Academy respectively.
The Education Committee reporting into the Board has the responsibility for the program design, faculty development, rigor in delivery processes and decisions on invitations to join the Fellowship of the Academy.
Sumedhas has “Chapters" in different locations with the intent for creating localized temporary learning spaces for past participants to its programs and interns of the Fellowship process. These Chapter Meetings are also for anyone who wishes to relate, narrate, share their living process, and join in the process of learning through self-reflection.
Fellows of the Academy volunteer to take on responsibilities pertaining to the management of the Academy and rollout of its events. Sumedhas relies on this spirit of volunteerism to sustain its operations and has few full –time salaried staff.
Faculty for its programs is drawn from the Fellowship.
Fellows of Sumedhas, also called Institutional Members or Sumedhavins, meet once a year over 3-4 days at an Institutional Meet, to examine the quality of relatedness amongst members and the connect with the Institution, address issues of institutional health and new directions, and organizational plans and programs.