Ahimsa is an acrostiche for:
Accelerator, HomeMaker, Incubator, MatchMaker, SenseMaker, Art ambassador.
I have spent the last 35 years of my working life traveling across every continent of the world, meeting people who are very different from me. These encounters have been extremely rewarding and have opened my eyes to many things. I have discovered that our world, despite its difficulties, is worth fighting for and passing on to our children. I have discovered that, with regard to many aspects of access to healthcare for underprivileged populations, we have the necessary solutions but do not know how to share them and make them bear fruit, as we do not know how to work together. Teamwork means making one’s skills, experience and expertise available to benefit everyone, so as to make progress in the world. It does not mean keeping to oneself the talents that we have been lucky enough to receive. We must combat such isolated ways of working. Through new models and new incubators, Ahimsa Fund aims to develop a new leadership and forums for discussion and meetings, whereby everyone benefits from interaction with others and everyone can contribute to changing the world.
I believe that we must rethink the models used, while maintaining the basis of a partnership bringing together as many stakeholders as possible.
We need everyone to be involved in order to make a whole. We need to discover the culture of each one. Instead of setting them against each other, we need to bring together the various groups comprising our society, including young and old, rich and poor, men and women, and different religions and cultures.
We must understand that our differences are strengths on which we should build our future, instead of reasons for conflict.
Jean-François de Lavison ( Ahimsa Fund founder )
Ahimsa Fund focuses on the most underprivileged populations of the world and advices realistic, innovative, cost-effective and replicable public health initiatives using two innovative models:
- the reversed pyramid
The principle of the reversed pyramid is our conviction that there is an important added value at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP), which is currently underused. We need to empower and to create value with this part of the world’s population. Those values will partly contribute to fund the projects. A number of promising initiatives have already been launched in this direction. It is a way of fighting inequality and reduce poverty, in which each of us must participate.
- the bridging model
We must have a holistic and transversal approach to projects. We must build bridges and not always reinvent the wheel. Sharing must be an innovative approach to the way we work. We need real leaders to achieve this goal. The younger generations must be part of this challenge. It will be necessary to associate paradoxes (rich and poor, young people, young people, profit sharing…) and not to oppose them. Our differences must be strengths on which we must build our future to build a better world, not weaknesses behind which we must hide.
Ahimsa Fund is involved in various initiatives which support healthcare innovations with social impact in order to share its expertise:
- Member of the board of the Health Innovation Exchange;
- Member of the Strategic Committee of the Social Innovation in Health Initiative;
- Member of the Steering Committee for the Social Innovation in Health contest of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;
- Member of the Global Health jury for the Impact Hub Geneva Accelerate2030 program.