On the 10th of January 2012, 40 students from Cornell University, USA accompanied by their Professors interacted with us for more than four hours. The purpose of the visit is to understand the development processes at the grass roots level, the challenges and the learning from the perspective of indigenous communities. Traditional knowledge was the hot topic and the application of this knowledge in the modern world where technology is changing at a pace that outsmarts the kind of knowledge which is purely observational and time tested. The implication of the changing climate and the pattern of agriculture were discussed avidly by the students. Great to see the young minds grappling with the challenges that face the earth today and trying to find solutions that would be path breaking. This is a new beginning that would establish Keystone Foundation as a field university which imparts practical knowledge gained from the 17 years of its work in the mountainous regions with focus on the indigenous communities which resulted in the unique experiences that have global relevance. The time invested with the students is an investment of another kind which will bring forth new thinking in the approaches to sustainability in all spheres of life. The activities of Keystone Foundation were concisely presented by Mathew John who had to take a lot of questions and answer them thinking on his feet. The lively interactions still linger in the mind! Special thanks to Peter Hobbs!