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Upbuild means to edify or uplift one’s consciousness via education

As Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard framed it, to upbuild is the key to maximizing human potential. This one word captures our impetus to make our lives our lab and creatively export the learnings outward.

Who We Are


Rasanath | Co-Founder

Rasanath is a certified professional coach, speaker, and consultant who draws on his rich background of personal and professional experiences. With a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) and an MBA from Cornell, he is invested in using his knowledge of corporate systems and culture to transform the way the work world operates. Rasanath started his professional career in strategy consulting at Deloitte in 2000 and then worked as an investment banker for Bank of America from 2006 to 2008. He then spent four years in a monastery during which time he co-founded an educational social enterprise, Upbuild, focused on cultivating mindfulness and personal development. He now runs the organization full-time. Rasanath is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, has been featured as a speaker for TEDx and SXSW, and has been profiled in The New York Times, CNN, PBS, and The Third Metric.

 

Hari Prasada | Co-Founder

Hari Prasada is a certified professional coach, speaker, and consultant who draws on his rich background of personal and professional experiences. He honed his writing, producing, directing and acting skills as a graduate of the NYU Tisch film and television program as well as in freelance writing positions and film related work. He served as the coordinator for release of the critically acclaimed feature films, The Devil Came On Horseback and The Trials of Darryl Hunt. In 2008 during his five years as a monk, Hari Prasada co-founded Upbuild, an educational social enterprise focused on cultivating mindfulness and personal development. He now runs the organization full-time, investing his creative energies in teaching workshops and courses while providing operational management and curriculum design. He weaves expertise in philosophy, literature and popular cultural elements of music, cinema and television to further individual and organizational development.

What We Do

 

Founded in 2008 by Rasanath and Hari Prasada, Upbuild is an educational social enterprise aimed at maximizing the human potential by creating environments that inspire genuine purpose and authentic connection. This mission is accomplished through workshops and consultations involving creative presentations and interactive experiences that weave together multimedia and a strong spirit of community. Its services have been employed by organizations such as Etsy, Novartis, Siemens, and L’Oreal.

 

why it’s impoRtant

 

“The greatest hazard of all, losing the self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.” -Soren Kierkegaard


If we are sincerely introspective, we may find that we are on a journey to build a self, hoping that this will become our real self. But to create a self on top of a self means we fail to see the inherent gifts that we rightly possess and undermine them by playing to our weaknesses while proclaiming them as strengths. In this way, we all wear finely decorated but highly delicate masks made of self-image, and we are helpless to relate to others in a world of more masks. Thus the heart longs for connection not with apparel but with oneself and other real selves… Upbuild offers a unique perspective and practical framework for realignment and reconnection with ourselves and others, as we continue to engage with a world of masks.

Gratitude

 

As Upbuild looks at its evolution from inception, we find we have so many individuals that we are profoundly indebted to, without whom the formation of this organization and community would never have been possible. We wish to just name a few here as a token of our gratitude.

The Bhakti Center (www.bhakticenter.org) has been our incubator and equipped us with the tools to go out and pursue our vision in 2008. We continue to regularly host a substantial number of our programs under their auspices.

Premavatar has been instrumental in the founding of Upbuild, helping us to strategize and develop content for our programming, which has been invaluable for us to this day.

Doyal has aided us in concretizing our mission and vision, handling operations, and offering the warmest hospitality to our community.



A special word of thanks must also go to:

Heidger Marx (www.heidgermarx.com) for photography

Prema Burnside for videography

Julian Cartwright for music composition

Chatwalee Phoungbut (www.chatwaleestudio.com) for web design

Bharani Manoharan for web development

Parastou Marashi (www.parismarashi.com) for illustrations

Dave Parke (www.lifeafterfear.com) for coaching and insights

Thank you for your interest in Upbuild. Please stay tuned for updates and upcoming events. We look forward to having you with us soon!