Gandhi Earth Keepers International is founded on the principles of volunteerism, gift economics, and social entrepreneurship.
Historical examples of leading social entrepreneurs
Vinoba Bhave (India) – Founder and leader of the Land Gift Movement, he caused the redistribution of more than 7,000,000 acres (28,000 km²) of land to aid India's untouchables and landless. Mahatma Gandhi described him as his mentor.
David Brower (U.S.) Environmentalist and conservationist, he served as the Sierra Club's first executive director and built it into a worldwide network for environmental issues. He also founded Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Earth Island Institute.
- Akhtar Hameed Khan (Pakistan) -Founder of grassroots movement for squatter settlements.
Maria Montessori (Italy)-Developed the Montessori approach to early childhood education.
- John Muir (U.S.) - Naturalist and conservationist, he established The Sierra Club.
Florence Nightengale (UK)- Founder of modern nursing, she established the first school for nurses and fought to improve hospital conditions.
Frederick Law Olmsted (U.S.) - Creator of major urban parks, he is generally considered to have developed the profession of landscape architecture in America.
In spite of all similarities, every living situation has, like a newborn child, a new face, that has never been before and will never come again. It demands of you a reaction which cannot be prepared beforehand. It demands nothing of what is past. It demands presence, responsibility: it demands you.
- Martin Buber