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- The Intercontinental Conference of Peoples' Global Action
will be held in Haridwar, Uttaranchal, from October 5-12,
2005. Various peoples' struggles will be addressed. Visit
www.agp.org and www.pgaconference.org
for more information.
- "Sharing Creativity - Celebrating
Community", the Van Utsav Forest Festival will be
held from October 12-17, in Van Vadi, Vaara, Maharashtra (between
Mumbai and Pune). Friends of the Swapathgami Network, Families
Learning Together, as well as others interested in land-based
communities will spend a week together in the forest, living
with the land and sharing strengths and questions. Contact
Bharat Mansata <firstname.lastname@example.org>
to learn more.
- Abhivyakti Media
for Development will be hosting a Group Media Skills workshop
from October 18-25, 2005, in Nashik, Maharashtra. Learn how
to make and use different low-cost group media like chalk
talk, finger puppets, flannel stories, flashcards, masks and
more. Contact Sujata Babar <email@example.com>
to register your participation.
- From October 25-31, the Swapathgami Network will be hosting
a cycle journey in southern Rajasthan. 250 km in six days
and no money! Contact Shammi Nanda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
to learn how you can join the adventure.
- From November 11-12, 2005, in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tarun Bharat
Sangh will be hosting a national gathering for water activists
and all others interested in water issues, groundwater depletion
and the privatization of water. Contact Rajendra Singh <email@example.com>
for more information.
- OurMedia / NuestrosMedios will be hosting its fifth international
conference from December 5-9, 2005, in Bangalore, Karnataka.
This year's specific focus is on community and grassroots
communications for social change and current models and experiences
in community participation and advocacy on media and ICT in
the region will be showcased. Visit http://www.ourmedianet.org
for more information.
- Check out the Multiworld bulletin, Kamiriithu, on-line at www.multiworld.org. Order your subscription
- Imagine Chicago released a 'possibility publication' in conjunction with its 10th
anniversary. Download "Imagination in
Action" from their website for conceptual frameworks, stories, tools and
resources on how to start on imagine project or movement in your city.
- EDucate! is the quarterly bulletin of the Sindh
Education Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan. It is dedicated to "challenging ethically,
morally and intellectually the inequalities in the existing paradigms of education and
development in order to liberate peoples' thoughts and actions."
- Edu-Care, the
newsletter of the Center for Learning (CFL), Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, is now
available on the web. It shares CFL's experiences and ideas about how to evolve socially
just lifestyles and perspectives, which genuinely respect cultural and biological
diversity and which bring out the best in ourselves as individuals and as collectives.
- Check out the Journal of Futures Studies
on-line, for the latest ideas of futurists, on a variety of issues, from around the world.
- The latest issue of TechKnowLogia
on "Technologies for All - Issues of Equity" (July - September 2002) is
available on-line. TechKnowLogia is published bimonthly by Knowledge Enterprise,
Inc., in collaboration with UNESCO, OECD and GIIC. It provides policy makers, strategists,
practitioners and technologists at the local, national and global levels with a strategic
forum to share policies, strategies, experiences and tools in harnessing technologies for
knowledge dissemination, effective learning, and efficient education services. It also
reviews systematically the latest systems and products of technologies of today, and peeks
into the world of tomorrow.
- Humanscape, a publication of the Foundation
for Humanisation, is dedicated to airing and sharing issues central to human
existence. Find news, features, information about voluntary organizations, back
issues, and the current issue of the magazine (June 2002 examines the potential of using
wastelands as a resource).
the Ecological Overshoot of the Human Economy" is the latest paper by Redefining Progress, a nonpartisan public policy
organization that creates policies and tools to encourage accurate market prices, preserve
our common assets, and foster social and economic sustainability. The study, which
compares humanity's demand on the environment to the earth's supply of bioproductive areas
over the past 40 years, documents that in 1999 we were using the planet 20 percent faster
than it can regenerate itself.
- Multiworld is a new initiative launched by
people from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Aotearoa. It is dedicated to nurturing
and protecting intellectual creativity and diversity, and is determined to actively fight
the influence and spread of the debilitating and homogenising institutions of the
West. They have recently put together an excellent reading
list on decolonizing knowledge. Multiworld's projects include dismantling the
institution of factory schooling (Taleemnet), and
promoting/connecting organic farming efforts in India (India Organic).
- Pioneers of Change is an emerging global
learning community of young people, from diverse cultural, social, and professional
backgrounds. They seek to develop the commitment, understanding, and network of
relationships to create or transform systems, so that these systems may come to in
- Communities of the Future (COTF) is
an evolving network of people and organizations throughout the U.S. and other countries
that are working in collaboration to develop new concepts of governance, economic
development, and education/learning for a fast-paced, interconnected, and increasingly
complex society. COTF emphasizes community research and development to create new
assumptions, concepts, methods and techniques - transformational change.
- The Coalition for Self-Learning
is a collective of autonomous individuals and groups each working independently but in
mutual aid to help one another promote ideas and actions for creating learning communities
and their relevance to social change. Its goals and purposes are to envision a world
without schools -- a world of cooperative community life-long learning centers as a
significant element in the emerging cooperative commonwealth where individuals are
honoured and celebrated and where they find a safe place to be, to belong, to learn, and
to go on developing in a meaningful way - for them, and for their whole
- Education Revolution is the website of
the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO). It shares a variety of stories,
advice, links and publications, to stimulate a revolution in education. AERO seeks
to build resources to support self-determined learning processes which reflect the natural
genius of everyone.
- Learning Without Frontiers was a
transnational initiative to develop learning communities, that was hosted by UNESCO. Many
interesting resources can be found on its site, which has recently been put back on the
- Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) informs,
inspires and empowers young people working for a world of social justice, peace, human
rights and environmental sanity. Through camps, Youth Jams, organizing manuals, public
speaking and a support network for young activists, YES! empowers the next generation to
claim its voice and transform our world.
- Inspired by the life and work of E.F. Schumacher, Schumacher College was founded in 1991
upon the twin convictions that the worldview, which has dominated Western civilisation,
has serious limitations, and that a new vision is needed for human society, its values and
its relationship to the earth. Through interdisciplinary studies, the College aims to
uncover the roots of the prevailing worldview and to explore the foundations of that new
- The Commons hosts a number of interesting projects and
programs on technology, economy and society, including the Journal of World Transport
Policy and Practice, which initiated Car-Free and Shed Your Car
Days around the world. It is also supporting the city of Stockholms world-wide
exceptional sustainable cities program, which is sharing more than 220 innovative in from
more than fifty countries in the first week of June.
- Based in the Phillippines, Popular Education for People's
Empowerment, Inc. (PEPE) is dedicated to the promotion of "pop-ed" theories
and practices as tools towards people's empowerment. As part of its commitment to human
development, PEPE provides "pop-ed" services to a diverse set of people: urban
poor, peasants, fisherfolk, professionals, women, indigenous peoples, etc.
- Learning Development Institute is
a transdisciplinary networked learning community devoted to excellence in the development
and study of learning. Check out their work on "In Search of the Meaning of
- Teachers Without
Borders is an organization devoted to global educational change at the high-school
level for an information age.
- Check out the Families
Learning Together Network! Find stories and ideas of how
you can join a community of creative parenting and family
dialogue. Contact Vidhi
Jain to learn more!
- Shikshantar and Abhivyakti invite you to co-create with
us a film festival on 'Urban
Living'. We are planning to produce and solicit
films on different aspects of what it means today to be living,
learning, growing, surviving, shaping, etc., in cities today....
The festival will travel around India early next year.
to learn more!
- Paths of Unlearning is the latest special issue of
Vimukt Shiksha. Young people from all over the world have been sharing with
Shikshantar their stories of unlearning. Nationalism, Technology, Development,
Consumerism, Mass Media, and, of course, Schooling are among the dominant institutions /
frameworks that they have been questioning and challenging. Check out their stories as well as a
number of reflections on unlearning, recently
collected from collaborators around the world.
- In light of events in Gujarat and growing violence worldwide,
Shikshantar has prepared an invitation for dialogue, "Facing
the Violence," for people all over India and all
over the world. It offers not only our understanding of what
is provoking this death of humanity, but also concrete
ways in which we can begin to counter it, in our communities,
in our families and in our selves.