Join this conversation to explore the book “World As Family” and discuss multi rooted belonging with young people from across the globe!

About this event

A Vedic phrase asks us to “treat the world as family.” In our age of global crises—pandemics, climate crisis, crippling inequality—this sentiment is more necessary than ever. Through her personal story, Desai reframes the idea of what it means to be global, considering how to lead a life of multiple belongings without losing local and national affinities. Vividly conjuring the complexities and exhilaration of a life that is rooted in many places, World as Family is a vital book for everyone who aspires to connect across borders—real and perceived—and bring to fruition the ideal of a global family.

This conversation will start with an interview moderated by Shagun Sethi, Junjie Ren and Yasmine Rejeb, young leaders from different parts of the world, and will then be opened for a Q&A with the audience.


Organized by youth, in partnership with:


Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University in the City of New York

Global Youth

African Leadership Institute