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TEDxNITCalicut - Gopinath Parayil tells about the Pain and Palliative Care initiative at Calicut

Gopinath Parayil (Gopi) 38, from Tirur in Malappuram district studied computers, business management and disaster management. However, he attributes his tipping point as a social entrepreneur to his experience of volunteering at the Pain and Palliative Care Society starting in 1993 in Kozhikode, Kerala. Gopi set up Nila Foundation in 2004 out of the passion for the region he comes from and a concern for a unique river (Bharatapuzha) civilization that was under threat. While exploring a sustainable financial support for the foundation and initiatives surrounding creating meaningful connection for local people with the river, he came up with the idea of The Blue Yonder (TBY), a pioneering travel company designed on the premises of Sustainable and Responsible practices. Ever since, his company has been breaking every single norm that is associated with a conventional tour operator business. TBY, one of the most innovative responsible travel companies in the country has successfully linked tourism to work in conservation, cultural and natural heritage preservation, livelihood generation and community health care among others. 2009 December Outlook Business magazine featured Gopi amongst the 50 Social Entrepreneurs in India who enrich the nation. TBY has won multiple international awards and recognitions for their responsible tourism initiatives including Cond? Nast Traveler World Savers Awards 2007, World Travel Market First Choice Responsible Tourism Award 2006 and was featured among the '8 great trips that give back to communities' by Cond? Nast Traveler magazine in 2009. 2011, ITB Berlin, world's largest Travel show in Germany has chosen The Blue Yonder as it's official sustainable tourism partner. The collective experience of building a responsible tourism initiative through The Blue Yonder and being part of Palliative Care movement in Kerala from the scratch led him to believe that many socio-economic issues can be addressed and resolved by ordinary people if their energies are channelized in the right direction. It was this thought that led to the conception of niiti consulting. An MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chauss?es and MSc in Disaster Management from Cranfield University, Gopi studied computer management from Pune University. He is currently involved in setting up a 24X7 TV channel focusing on sustainable living in India. About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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