I AM INSPIRED.

I AM EMPOWERED.

I AM FREE.

I AM ME.

I AM FEARLESS.

I AM THE FUTURE.

I AM INSPIRED: INSIGHTS AND REFLECTIONS OF SRI LANKAN CHANGEMAKERS

Launched in February 2020, I AM INSPIRED contains a collection of insights and reflections from inspirational leaders with Sri Lankan roots based in the country and around the world.

We believe their stories will encourage and empower Sri Lanka's youth to discover their passions, believe in their dreams and maximise their potential.

All proceeds from I AM INSPIRED will fund a textbook version incorporating career-planning exercises in both Sinhala and Tamil. The textbook will be introduced into the national high school curriculum, in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Government in 2022.

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"It is now in the hands of Millennials to weave the fabric of societal change, and drive innovation in constructing a better world. It is in turn our responsibility to engage, inspire and empower them through education and exposure to life-changing opportunities."

- Indira Kithsiri, Co-Author

"Resilience is key to thriving in a landscape of constant change. There is no better way to instil this than highlighting individuals who have beaten the odds in a similar cultural and socio-political environment. Seeing parts of themselves reflected in these changemakers will help inspire hope and possibilities in the minds of our youth. A platform of this nature will ensure that their drive, not their backgrounds, is what defines them."

- Hashendra Wijesinha, Co-Author

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THE BOOK CHAPTERS

HOW DID WE SELECT THE STORIES?

A public nominations portal was launched on this website in May 2017, allowing anyone to nominate an individual who has inspired them within or outsider their community. The nominations were required to be based on the following criteria:


• They have strong leadership and exhibit a flair for enterprise and innovation.

• They demonstrate a commitment to be drivers of societal change and wellbeing.

• They have an impeccable public record and good standing in the community.

• They exhibit exceptional self-awareness and a desire for continuous learning.


The submissions were accepted over 3 months, after which they were shortlisted based on a balance for gender, ethnicity and origin. The mentors of each chapter then identified the final selection of personalities to be featured from this shortlist in the book.

THE TEAM

Indira Kithsiri

Co-Author

Hashendra Wijesinha

Co-Author

Kamilka Perera

Community Coordinator

Shavin Peiries

Website Designer & Developer

Firi Rahman

Artist & Illustrator

Ruvin De Silva

Photographer

Sanora Rodrigo

Layout Designer

A MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHORS:

Help us help our youth in building a more educated, inclusive, and prosperous Sri Lanka.

- Indira & Hashendra
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Find I Am Inspired in 10 locations around Sri Lanka:


  • Paradise Road

  • Urban Island

  • Barefoot

  • Saskia Fernando Gallery

  • Sarasavi

  • Cargills Majestic City

  • Kalaya

  • Expographics

  • Milk

  • Gunasenas