Vishal Talreja - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Day 1
4:15 pm

The Essence of Education

Anurag Behar, Connie K Chung, Pramath Raj Sinha with Vishal Talreja

Day 1
6:00 pm
Tennis Court

When We Thrive, Our World Thrives

Connie K Chung, Vishal Talreja with Nadia Chaney


Vishal is an Educator and Social Entrepreneur. He co-founded Dream a Dream ( ) along with 11 others. Dream a Dream a Dream is a registered, charitable trust empowering children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in the 21 st century using a creative life skills approach. Currently, works with 10,000 young people a year through two innovation labs – After School Life Skills Programme and Career Connect Programme; has trained over 35,000 teachers/educators impacting over 875,000 children and young people and impact over 3+ Million children through various state government partnerships in Delhi, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Nagaland and Karnataka.

Vishal has co-authored 4-research papers with Dr David Pearson and Dr. Fiona Kennedy related to Life Skills in the Indian context and has written a host of articles, white papers, policy briefs related to Education Transformation. He has also co-authored a book, ‘ When We Thrive, Our World Thrives ’ along with with Dr Connie K Chung and Dream a Dream staff and participants. He has also published a book of poems called, ‘ My Soul Stirring ’.

Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow ( ), an Eisenhower Fellow ( ) and a Salzburg Global Fellow ( ). He is a Board Member at Goonj ( ). Previously been the Founder Director of Unltd India and Board Member of PYE Global ( ) and India Cares Foundation ( ). He is the Executive Committee Member of Karanga – The Global Alliance on Life Skills and SEL ( ) and Cofounder of The Weaving Lab ( ). Vishal has been recognized as an “Architect of the Future” by the Waldzell Institut in Austria and as ‘Innovator of the Year’ in 2019 by HundrED.

He also mentors and advises a host of emerging social entrepreneurs and changemakers while contributing to global education narratives through participation in various steering committees and working groups with the likes of WISE, G20, Catalyst 2030, Big Change and OECD.