- 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.
- Shikshantar participated in the Economics of Happiness conference in March 2013, in Byron Bay, Australia. Check out these excellent videos on localization and Swaraj from the conference. Shikshantar is working with localisation activists around the world on the International Alliance for Localisation.
- 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!
- "Ram Ram Udaipur" is a brand new TV show produced by Shikshantar volunteers that features Udaipur's socially active, eco-conscious, and artistic citizens! It's one of the only programs in the country in the Mewari language. Watch the latest episode online today!
- Check out a new video about Swaraj University. It's called "A Day in the Life of Swaraj University". July 2011 marks the start of a new batch of khojis' experiences with self-designed learning, community resilience and green entrepreneurship. Contact Reva, Swaraj University Coordinator, for more information.
- Help us support eco-friendly and responsible tourism in Udaipur! Check out our recently updated Greenleaf Ratings - a guide for tourists to make better decisions about their hotels in Udaipur. We've rated the best hotels according to budget and given special mention to hotels which do well in water conservation, local foods, energy conservation, and cultural sensitivity. The Lonely Planet guidebook is sharing our work; we are seeking to share it through other means 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!
- Cities all over the world are rising up to make a difference in food, energy, transportation, communication and urban space. We have been inspired in Udaipur as a Learning City by many others, and have collected their fine examples into a small booklet, "Our Lives, Our Homes, Our Cities". [OR, Read it in Hindi!] We also have the beginnings of an urban living film festival. Check them out and get inspired to start something new in your city today!
- Want to get your gifting on? Have a look at our latest booklet in the Resisting the Culture of Schooling series, "Reclaiming the Gift Culture", to see how you can free yourselves from market consumerism, production and commodification, and revive the gift spirit and economy in your life and community. We are looking for your stories and experiences of gifting, so after reading, please share your thoughts with us!
- "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.
- Udaipur is full of wonderful people, inspiring points of light. Read about them in our online resource directory, Shining Stars of the Lake City (in English and in Hindi). 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.
- The 2007-2008 'Nai Taleem: Real Learning for the 21st Century'
Film Festival is now ready to be screened in your hometown! Last
year's festival made it to over 30 places around India, and also
in several other countries, like Bolivia, Ukraine, Canada, USA,
Korea, and Thailand. Check out this year's brochure, hosting
information and the profile
of films. The festival hopes to elevate conversations on human
learning by looking at conceptual insights and practical experiences.
16+ hours of films from around India and the world have been selected. View some selected films on-line.
Contact Manish Jain to see how you might organize the festival
in your community!
- We've moved! After nine years at 21 Fatehpura, we have changed
locations! It’s taken several days to clean up, clear out
and transfer our years of gathered treasures to our new place:
83 Adinath Nagar (about one kilometer away from our previous location),
We are now in the fun process of settling in, designing and decorating
our collective space together. It’s a bit smaller, but we
think the shift will open up many more possibilities for the Shikshantar
Jeevan Andolan. We feel it will push us even more into exploring
our local neighborhoods, to generate even more dynamic unlearning
and learning spaces in our city and to strengthen trans-local
friendships around the world. Already, we are working with neighboring
plots of land to begin a herbal garden and a vegetable/local grain
garden. And our neighbors — especially the children —
have been welcoming us from the moment we started the move!
- The 'Re-membering Nai Taleem: Real Learning for the 21st Century'
Film Festival is being organized this summer in cities around
India and abroad. Check out the festival
of films, and festival
poster. The festival hopes to elevate conversations on human
learning by looking at conceptual insights and practical experiences.
12 hours of films have been selected, and so far 15 different
communities around India have agreed to host the festival (see
the hosting information letter and agreement). Contact Manish
Jain to see how you might organize the festival in your community!
- 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- 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.