It is becoming increasingly clear that our ability to face the challenges of the 21st century will depend on our capacity to learn and unlearn - as individuals, as communities, as societies. It is also becoming clear that the 19th century model of factory-schooling is not only dysfunctional but is also destructive against the vast diversity of processes, knowledge systems and contexts in which human learning and growth takes place. There is an emerging discussion around the world about the need to develop/connect different kinds of spaces and opportunities to nurture a fuller range of human potentials and human relationships. Unfortunately, this discussion has been limited to education experts and elite policy circles. Further, it is in danger of being dominated by technocratic and techno-centric visions of progress in which learning only serves elite interests and corporate profit motives. For just and humanizing learning societies to unfold, many more people and their experiences must be involved in the process. We would like to invite you to join us in the discussion.

Just released! BE THE GIFT film festival featuring a number of films, visual posters and guides and support for organizing your own festival celebrating gift culture and gift economies!

Check out the wonderful images and articles from the Giftival -- held in October 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey -- an off-shoot of the Learning Societies community.

The next Learning Societies Unconference is being planned for June 14-19, 2013 in Pune, India. It will bring together all kinds of people who are imagining and co-creating diverse learning communities, learning spaces and learning/unlearning processes beyond the frameworks of factory-schooling. Come meet alternative educators, organic farmers, healers, artists, artisans, eco-villagers, filmmakers, social entrepreneurs, homeschoolers/unschoolers, walkouts, spiritual seekers, and many, many more crazy and inspiring people. Find out more and register here!

Unfolding Learning Societies Un-conference - February 28-March 4, 2012 - outside Mumbai, Maharashtra. Visit the conference Facebook page to learn more.

Unfolding Learning Societies UNconference - April 4-9, 2011 - Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India
Check out a video of this gathering here!

Art of Learning Centering - October 12-22, 2008 - Harare, Zimbabwe

UNFOLDING LEARNING SOCIETIES CONFERENCE - September 3-7, 2007 - Tehran, Iran
see images and download a comprehensive report on the gathering

Learning Societies: A Collection of Global Conversations - August 2005-May 2006 - compiled by Annie Virnig

UNFOLDING LEARNING SOCIETIES CONFERENCE II - JANUARY 15-21, 2004 - Mumbai, India
see images from our gathering in conjunction with the World Social Forum!  Download Other Worlds of Power (in PDF form). Watch the film, Other Worlds of Power, to get a sense of conversations and questions raised at the conference.

UNFOLDING LEARNING SOCIETIES CONFERENCE - DECEMBER 18-22, 2002 - Udaipur, India
check out stories, images, questions, reflections, etc. from our dialogue!  Download If the Shoe Doesn't Fit? (in PDF form)

ALTERNATIVE DISCOURSES IN EDUCATION - JANUARY 21, 2003 - Porto Alegre, Brazil

DIVERSITY IN WAYS, SETTINGS, THOUGHT AND DISCOURSE ON LEARNING - OCTOBER 14-17, 2003 - Beirut, Lebanon   check out the Beirut workshop report

 

Some resources about Learning Societies for you to challenge and build upon:

 

Some Tools for Unfolding Learning Societies:

 

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