Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Navodinee Wickramanayake. See her interview below and do Press a Like button. 🙂
Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
My name is Navodinee Wickramanayake and I am the Co-Founder of an international youth empowerment platform called “The Better Tomorrow Movement.”
My current side projects include taking some time off for myself. After four years of doing my Undergrad in Japan while juggling many leadership roles in university and multiple part-time jobs, I’m happy to be home in sunny Sri Lanka and spend time with my family and friends.
But I do take a few hours a day to work on The better tomorrow movement (TBTM).
2. Tell me more about TBTM. What is it, and what does it hope to accomplish?
My friend Courtney Ghele and I met at The Global Changemakers summit in Switzerland last summer. After a week’s worth of learning about how to implement positive change, we realized that there were so many issues we were passionate about getting involved in but didn’t know how to spread our efforts in to all those areas in a way that it will truly become impactful.
I am a strong believer that empowerment is the key to change-making and so we decided to start a youth empowerment platform that focuses on providing the inspiration, empowerment and support needed to make your difference.
Today, aside from publishing weekly inspirational and empowering content, The Better Tomorrow Movement also offers 3 key programmes:
- The Hand Up programme: Focuses entirely on peer-peer mentorship aimed at facilitating long or short term knowledge sharing of best practices from around the world.
- The Global Ambassador programme: Focusses on getting ambassadors to spread the message of TBTM, find mentors and mentees for the Hand Up Programme all while building useful digital and real-world communication skills in the era of new media.
- The Good Human Series: A series of offline sessions that explore gaps in teaching curricula and fill it through engaging talks covering areas such as financial literacy, mental health awareness, and sexual health rights to name a few.
3. You said you spent four years in Japan. How was your life like, and how does Japan differ from Sri Lanka?
Yes. It was one of the most incredible and overwhelming experiences of my life. I received a full scholarship to pursue a BA with a major in Marketing at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. The school focused a lot of developing global citizens and that played a huge role in how I have developed as a person today. Everyone was doing a range of extra-curriculars and we grew holistically.
The school focused a lot of developing global citizens and that played a huge role in how I have developed as a person today.
Japan places a lot of importance on rules and tradition, which is a great characteristic, but it didn’t fit my personality. I like to approach problems in a very practical manner and think on my feet. Outside of my university, this was heavily discouraged.
However, I loved it there. I grew a lot as a person. It was an incredibly exciting challenge living in a country that is so different from yours.
4. So now that you’re back in Sri Lanka, what is an average week like for you? What are three things you HAVE to accomplish every week?
I’ve had a very packed schedule for the past four years so I try to really take it easy. I prioritize TBTM work, spending time with my friends and family and preparing to make my next big move to the Netherlands for grad school which is in a few weeks!
But I do try to have a fresh fruit juice a day with fruits plucked from my garden. That’s pretty much the only constant I’ve had since graduating! #Chilling LOL
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like the audience to explore? It can be a business or movement, or it could be anything from a video to an idea.
Yes, TBTM has officially expanded offline with the #GoodHumanSeries. We are also taking in new mentors and mentees for our hand up programme.
These are exciting times for us. Our social media is also constantly updated with interesting interviews, inspirational stories and video we create.
I invite everyone to take a look at our website (www.thebettertomorrowmovement.com) and our social media and see if you’d like to join the movement in any way or form! By doing so, I hope you will be inspired to make your difference!
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