• 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!
  • Shikshantar is honored to be a co-host of the newly launched Vikalp Sangam, or Alternatives Confluence, along with Kalpavriksh, Deccan Development Society and Bhoomi Network. The Vikalp Sangam website features all kinds of inspiring alternatives promoting social and ecological harmony that are popping up all over India. Alternative initiatives featured here can be practical activities, policies, processes, technologies, and concepts/frameworks. We also be organizing several face-to-face confluences around India in the coming year so stay tuned for more info on these.
  • Check out the wonderful images and articles from the Giftival -- held in October 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Interested in learning more about Swaraj? Visit Swaraj Foundation's website to find a series of films on swaraj that feature interviews with leading practitioners from around the world.
  • Udaipur is full of wonderful people, inspiring points of light. Read about them in our online resource directory, Shining Stars of the Lake City. As part of Udaipur as a Learning City, we have created this also as a contribution to the Multiversity, an effort to see the rich web of learning resources we have in our midst.
  • "What's the REAL Story? Generating a Dialogue around the MDGs (the Millennium Development Goals)" is the latest addition to the Resisting the Culture of Schooling series. Many questions are raised and experiences are cited that invite us to take a deeper look at this latest UN declaration and global craze. Please share your own comments/feedback/ideas and experiences with us for the next round of conversation.
  • Want to support eco-friendly and responsible tourism in Udaipur? Then check out the Greenleaf Ratings system we compiled - a guide for tourists to make better decisions about their hotels in Udaipur. We put this together in collaboration with the Lonely Planet guidebook, and are seeking to share it around the tourist community. Check it out and pass it on to others traveling to Udaipur - and to get new insights into what kind of tourism you could help promote!
  • Deer Park Institute has put together a number of interesting short films on zero waste and their experiments in Himachal Pradesh. Check them out on-line, and contact Alex Jensen to learn more.
  • Based on Paul Hawken's best-selling book, Blessed Unrest is on its way to becoming the first global participatory film. It is an open source film, where individuals and groups can share the inspiring work they are doing in the world to change it for the better, maybe just in time.
  • Check out 4Real, an innovative new TV series to bring together young social movement activists from different countries with celebrities, to explore contemporary social issues and positive actions.
  • Shikshantar is pleased to share with you a thought-provoking new compilation: Reflections on Now Activism. Over 50 friends from around the world contributed to this booklet to explore what kind of activism is inspiring, unique and needed now!
  • View The Footprint Network's latest film, "One Planet Life". Figure out what your ecological footprint is and ways you can reduce it.
  • Nature has recently launched a new free-access website dedicated to in-depth coverage of climate change at www.nature.com/climate.
  • You can find all kinds of cool, useful and timely documentaries on-line and download them for free at www.freedocumentaries.org.
  • Soil and Health Library is an excellent website containing hundreds of e-books on interesting topics like holistic agriculture, holistic health, homesteading, spiritualism, social criticism, etc. The books can all be got for free, though there is a suggested donation of $13.18 for lifetime membership.
  • Abhivyakti has published its annual 'Expressions', this time featuring several tools for deepening dialogues: including Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Mela, and more... Check it out on-line! and contact Abhivyakti to request copies in print.
  • Samanvaya has released "Quintessential Gandhi", a new book on Gandhi, which is targeted at youth and explores some of the complexities in Gandhi's well-known ideas. This is done in a lucid, easy-to-read and attractive manner, using a combination of text (his own words) as well as relevant photographs from his life. The book contains the following sections:- Gandhi takes India by Storm - A Man of Faith - Ahimsa - Non-Violence - A Man of Action - Challenge to Modernity. Visit www.samanvaya.com to order a copy of the book.
  • Check out the Multiworld bulletin, Kamiriithu, on-line at www.multiworld.org.  Order your subscription on-line today!
  • 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).
  • "Tracking 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).


  • Based in Sarnath, Vidhya Ashram is aiming to build a movement towards peoples' knowledge or lokvidya.
  • 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 life-affirming ways.
  • 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 family/community/society.
  • 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 web.
  • 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 vision.
  • 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 Stockholm’s 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 Learning."
  • Ahimsa Online shares stories and practices around Ahimsa today.
  • Teachers Without Borders is an organization devoted to global educational change at the high-school level for an information age.

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