Gurmann Paul Saini
Member of the Management Board, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
Gurmann is a spiritual practitioner, youth leader and activist from Finland. He works for an inclusive, peaceful and progressive society. He is one of the youngest interreligious dialogue practitioners in Finland and part of one of the largest Hindu organizations in the world, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Locally, Gurmann serves in ISKCON Finland with his responsibilities in management, communications and festivals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural management and is doing his master’s in the field of cultural policy. He has been part of many respected political NGOs in Finland, and is the vice president of the European Movement in Finland. Gurmann works for the City of Vantaa, in the department of Urban Culture Development and Support Services as a coordinator. As a representative of ISKCON Finland and as an active young activist, he actively interacts with decision-makers, politicians, journalists and law enforcement officers in his region. As a young man himself, he regularly interacts with the youth in different schools, talking about his work.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
IRD Documentary in Finnish
My initiative was a documentary series about interreligious dialogue in Finland. The documentary is in Finnish, for the local people and educational institutes. I interviewed 5 actors in the field of IRD in Finland. Three of them were religious leaders of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. One of them represented Christianity and grassroot movements and the other one IRD co-operation in govermental level. I traveled with cameraman to interview the guests. I asked basic questions like: How they do IRD, What they expect from that, Who does it in their community, and some specific question regarding their background (grassroot, teacher, lobbyist, scholar, social worker). Every episode included: – Me telling before every episode what is dialogue, – the introduction of the guest of the episode – and the interview part. The documentary series will be published on my Youtube channel in December. The whole budget was used in the initiative.