1. What does ISOL stand for?
ISOL stands for Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership.
2. What do you mean by 'integrating spirituality'?
Spirituality is the conscious awareness of being in present without getting involved in the emotions of any sort of discrimination. By integrating spirituality we mean creating conscience mechanisms.
3. Why “Organizational Leadership”?
The conscience based moral and ethical approach to lead the people by demonstrating the virtues of conviction, confidence and courage to bring organizational transformation in both profit and non-profit organizations.
4.What is ISOL Foundation?
Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust under Indian Trusts Act vide Registration No. 3717 under Section 60 dated September 3, 2009 and bears certificates of registration u/s 12A and 80G (5) (iv) of the Income Tax Act,1961; Pan Card No. AAAT17123E; 12A Reg. No. DEL IR22297 22082012 / 616, 80 G Reg. No. DEL IE24094 22082012 / 1020. The Foundation aims to integrate the wisdom drawn from different faith traditions into leadership styles to bring corporate prosperity and harmony in the society. The edifice of the Foundation is rooted in different faith traditions and the purpose is to highlight the fellowship and commonalities amongst different faith traditions for the inner development of self, thought process and behavior. The logo of the Foundation depicts the spirit and ethos of ISOL initiatives. Ever since inception it has been endeavouring to promote spirituality based leadership and harmony to develop winning minds for gaining purpose driven and principled managerial practices in organizations.
5. Who is your inspiration?
In this global economy when companies have become so competitive leading to pressure and insecurity amongst the workforce the clarion call is to merge the spiritual discipline with business discipline in order to create harmony and sustain excellence. We draw our inspiration from the ‘Universal Religion’ of Sri Ramakrishna and ‘Spiritual Monism’ of Swami Vivekananda.
6.What is the ethos of ISOL Foundation?
The harmony of religions and realization of the spiritual elements that bind the humanity forms the cardinal principles and the driving force of ISOL Foundation. Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa (1836-1886) have boldly declared after practicing all the religions boldly declared – “Joto Mot Toto Poth” (As Many Views so Many Paths)while talking about a Universal Religion based synthesis of sectarian beliefs with spirituality at its core. ISOL Foundation has adopted this key theme as its driving force and is focusing on spreading this message through series of international conferences in India and now here in Chicago.
7.What are the main activities of ISOL Foundation?
(a) Regular International Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership every alternate year.
(b) Engage in rigorous research to identify the benefits of integrating spirituality and organizational leadership and to promote
research in this area both nationally and internationally.
(c) Case Development for benchmarking the system of CSR for Sustainability and Ethical Business Practices. The Foundation
further intends to innovate, develop, validate and disseminate technologies supportive of spiritual dimension of sustainable development.
(d) Theme based experiential workshops for the corporate leaders.
(e) Research Based Universal Faith Wisdom Resource Center on Leadership and its Managerial Applications
(f) Publishes a bi-annual International Journal on Spirituality and Organizational Leadership
Academy of Value Based Management is the applied wing of ISOL Foundation and activities listed under serial numbers b-f are carried out by the Academy.
8. Who are people behind this?
This is a group of like minded people from India and abroad. Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta is the Founder and Honorary Convener of the Foundation.
9. Is it a commercial entity?
No it is a non-profit organization.
10. Why did ISOL Conferences start? When did it start?
The journey of integrating spirituality and organizational leadership started in 2002 as the outcome of the 1st International Conference on Business Social Partnership: Beyond Philanthropy organized at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta during December 4-8, 2002. The need was felt to adopt and practice spiritual leadership for a meaningful contribution to the society through CSR and sustainable development initiatives.The spiritual wisdom is the power of propulsion that can lead towards a holistic development to nullify all the evils, and ultimately will help an organization to acknowledge the welfare and good of all human beings.”
Way back in 2007, the ISOL Foundation (www.isol.asia) had launched a Series of International Conferences on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership with a mission to promote leadership that nurtures the spirit of each person in order to create harmony at workplace and society. The initiative envisages promoting compassion, love and truth at workplace in order to create non-violent, non-exploitative and sustainable organizations. . Since then, every alternate year, we have been organizing this mega event. ISOL 2015 builds on the strengths of first four conferences (2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013) and will again bring together corporate leaders, academicians, representations from governmental organizations and non – governmental organizations and other people from across the globe to systematically explore the nature, determination and implications of the spiritual dimensions of global economic development.
11. What were different ISOL Conferences? How many countries participated in these conferences?
(a) 1st International Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership, February 8-10, 2007: Jointly organized by the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India and School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, USA at University of Delhi, India. The scholars from USA, Europe and Asia presented the papers. More than 100 papers were read.
(b) 1st International Research Workshop on Spiritual and Ethical Foundations of Organizational Development during February 5-7, 2009 : Organized by Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India in collaboration with Infinity Foundation USA and School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, USA. The Conference was hosted by Pondicherry University and supported by IRCTC and State Bank of India. Scholars from USA, Europe, Asia and Middle East participated in the Workshop.
(c) 2nd International Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership, February 9-12, 2009: Organized by Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India in collaboration with Infinity Foundation (USA) and School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship (USA). The Conference was hosted by Pondicherry University and supported by IRCTC and State Bank of India. Scholars from USA, Europe, Asia and Middle East participated in the Conference.
(d) 2nd International Research Workshop on Spiritual and Ethical Foundations of Organizational Development during October 7-9,2010: Organized by ISOL Foundation in collaboration with Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee. The Venue was Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India. Again the scholars across the globe attended the research workshop and presented papers.
(e) 3rd International Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership, February 1-5,2011: Organized by ISOL Foundation in collaboration with Faculty of Management Studies, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar and Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee. The Venue was Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar.
(f) 4th International Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership, January 10-12, 2013: Organized by ISOL Foundation in collaboration with Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The Venue was XIMB. The scholars came across the globe to attend the conference and presented papers.
(g) 2nd International Conference on Business Social Partnership : Towards Value Based Social Engagement took place during September 7-9, 2013 :Organized by Academy of Value Based Management (A Unit of ISOL Foundation) in In collaboration with Business Ethics Centre, Grand Valley State University & IESEG School of Management, Universite Catholique de Lille, France. The venue was Kirorimal College, University of Delhi.
(h) National Conference on Spirituality For Economic Development: Insights from Swami Vivekananda, December 7-8, 2013: Organized by ISOL Foundation celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The venue was Central Institute of Hindi, Delhi Centre, Delhi.
All the conferences were conceptualized and organized by Sunita Singh Sengupta.
11. Who sponsored these conferences?
Our corporate sponsors were: (a) State Bank of India (b) Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (c) Indian Oil Corporation, (d) Standard Greases & Specialties Pvt. Ltd. (e) Thriveni Earth Movers Pvt Ltd (f) Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.
Our institutional sponsors were: (a) Infinity Foundation, (b) Regents University,(c) Pondicherry University, (d) Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee, (e) Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, (f) Business Ethics Center, Grand Valley States University, USA, (g) IESEG School of Management, Catholic University of Lille, France, (h) Department of Commerce, Kirorimal College.
12. Why ISOL 2015 is being organized at The Art Institute of Chicago?
Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1856) after practicing Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam boldly declared – – “Joto Mot Toto Poth” (As Many Views so Many Paths) and talked about a “Universal Religion” based on the synthesis of sectarian beliefs with spirituality at its core.Harmony of religions is not uniformity; it is unity in diversity. It is not a fusion of religions, but a fellowship of religions based on their common goal. Swami Vivekananda (Naren) becomes the living embodiment of Sri Ramakrishna’s vision. In 1893, he travelled to America and the historic lecture of Swami Vivekananda in the World Parliament of Religions at The Art Institute, Chicago created a new awakening and understanding on spiritual monism, tolerance and brotherhood.
ISOL Foundation (www.isol.asia) has adopted this key theme as its driving force and is focusing on spreading this message
through series of international conferences in India and now here in Chicago. Ever since its inception in 2007, Integrating
Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Foundation (ISOL Foundation, www.isol.asia) has been endeavouring to promote
spirituality based leadership and harmony to develop winning minds for gaining purpose driven and principled managerial
practices in organizations.
The 5th International Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership is being organized by ISOL Foundation and supported by Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago during September 10-15, 2015 in the same hall (now known as Fullerton Hall) and at the same venue (The Art Institute of Chicago) with the same ethos (interfaith perspective) to discuss ‘Spirituality for Global Economic Development’ – which is the focus of ISOL 2015.
13. What is the goal of ISOL 2015?
With the advent of globalization, development has become a global phenomenon having its impact worldwide. The world has witnessed the role of greed and its brunt at corporate, individual and societal levels.In the race for financial gains we have lost touch with the basic tenets of moral, spiritual and ethical values. The wisdom and spiritual values that the scriptures of various faith traditions have infused into the humanity have been thwarted. At this crucial juncture, it has become imperative to systematically explore the implications of the spiritual dimensions for global economic development and applications of spirituality and ethics in developing a consensus on Human Consciousness in Management Systems.
14. Is ISOL 2015 only promoting ideas of Swami Vivekananda?
ISOL Foundation is based on “Universal Religion” and draws insights from various wisdom traditions across different faith groups. Therefore, ISOL Conferences always have been an interfaith and interdisciplinary conference. The Conference is being encouraged and supported by Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago.
15. Is ISOL Foundation targeting American audiences?
Being an academic and research oriented pursuit ISOL Foundation intends to create faculties and new opportunities in management education to develop self sustainable and self correcting management system. This will provide a new avenue for Indo –US Cooperation in Faculty Advancements and Improvements in the area of Management and other allied disciplines.
New world crisis is a result of the failures in the business and financial management systems, that is based on trialed and tested methodologies and principles, which so far could not produce faculties for terminal crisis management. Terminal crisis complex phenomena that emerges out of the micro factors which has no bearing on day today management, finally precipitates and surfaces in a visible form. This will be at intangible and uncontrollable propositions leading to the collapse of the systems.
It is here that we take instincts from various traditions around the world for effective structuring of human faculties – the new initiative in Integrating Spirituality in Organizational Leadership, where we look for a larger exchange with the United States Government and Institutions.
16. What is ISOL Award? Who can get it?
ISOL Foundation to promote integrating spirituality and organizational leadership at research and practice levels introduced ISOL AWARDS in 2011. ISOL Awards are of two different categories:
(a) ISOL Organizational Leadership Award on Spirit and Entrepreneurship. This award is intended to recognize and honor sustained levels of achievement across the spectrum of Entrepreneur endeavors focusing on sustainable individual, social and economic growth.
(b) ISOL Research Award on Spirituality and Leadership. The Award is intended to recognize and honor the efforts made in the domain of research to integrate spirituality and leadership.
17. Who are Trinity? What are Trinity Awards?
The Trinity are:
I. Sri Ramakrishna: His message of the harmony of religions, based on his own realizations of the truth of various religious paths, opened the way for a new era of mutual understanding among the world’s great religions. His special message was the oneness of existence and the divinity of humankind.
II. Ma Sarada: She is affectionately known as Holy Mother, was at once devoted wife, spiritual companion and object of worship of Sri Ramakrishna. After the passing away of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother became the spiritual guide of the fledgling Ramakrishna Order and countless devotees. She is revered as a symbol of universal motherhood, whose wisdom and spiritual grandeur remained hidden beneath her natural veil of modesty.
111. Swami Vivekananda: He was the chief monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and the bearer of his message to the West. Swamiji, as he was affectionately known, introduced the liberal and universal teachings of Vedanta to the Western world at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.
ISOL 2015 Trinity Awards are constituted in the name of Trinity:
- Sri Ramakrishna Award for Universal Values will be presented to institutions and organizations demonstrating highest standards of leadership by integrating universal values of brotherhood, tolerance and service with professional excellence and practical wisdom based on moral and spiritual principles.
- Ma Sharda Award on Women Leadership will be presented to Women of any age in leadership positions manifesting the highest standards of excellence in leadership by integrating the values of compassion, love and practical wisdom based on moral and spiritual principles.
- Swami Vivekananda Youth Leadership Award on Organizational Excellence will be presented to any Male Young Leader (below 35 years of age), holding a position of CEO or equivalent and manifesting a strong moral and ethical approach to lead the people by demonstrating the virtues of conviction, confidence and courage for organizational transformation.
18. How conference ideas and proceedings will reach masses, who would fail to attend conference?
There will be regular updates of the video on the conference website.
19. How can I support the initiatives of ISOL?
You can support our initiatives in multiple ways:
(a) Becoming an active Volunteer of ISOL Foundation
(b) Joining ISOL Research Groups
(c) Contribution to ISOL bi-annual International Journal on Spirituality and Organizational Leadership (January and July)
(d) Becoming a member
(6) Becoming a Patron / Donor