What's New?

Articles and Books
Check out the latest issue of Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice on "Gandhi, The Teacher", featuring articles by Dana Stuchul, Madhu Suri Prakash, Arun Gandhi, and Dilafruz Williams.
Arundhati Roy delivered the Third Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture, at Hampshire College, on February 15, 2001. Here are her concluding remarks at that lecture:

"...Cynics say that real life is a choice between the failed revolution and the shabby deal. I don't know... maybe they're right. But even they should know that there's no limit to just how shabby that shabby deal can be. What we need to search for and find, what we need to hone and perfect into a magnificent, shining thing, is a new kind of politics. Not the politics of governance, but the politics of resistance. The politics of opposition. The politics of forcing accountability. The politics of slowing things down. The politics of joining hands across the world and preventing certain destruction. In the present circumstances, I'd say that the only thing worth globalizing, is dissent. It's India's best export."

For the entire transcript of the lecture, visit

Check out the magazine Humanscape for the latest in alternative media/news/voluntary sector, etc. in India and South Asia.

Organizations and Networks

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 debilitating and homogenizing institutions.  Check out their projects Taleemnet (for dismantling factory-schooling) and India Organic (for promoting/connecting organic farmers).


YES! (Youth for Environmental Sanity) is hosting its annual World Youth Leadership Jam for dynamic young leaders from around the globe.  This year, the Jam will be held in Rishikesh, India, in October 2003.  A special community event will be held in New Delhi on October 21, 2003.  Please contact Evelyn Thornton at the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H.H. the Dalai Lama for more information.


In February 2003, Pioneers of Change and Shikshantar co-hosted a learning journey on Swaraj, entitled "Experiments in Self-Rule".  Read the prospectus, and check out the questions generated by participants during the course of the 11-day journey through Delhi, Jaipur, Tilonia and Udaipur.
The Association for the Promotion of Livestock in the Sahel and Savannah (APESS) offers a unique contemporary example of swaraj.  Visit their site to see how member herders are using their traditional livestock-based culture to evolve the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and material dimensions of the human being.

The Berkana Institute is a charitable educational and research foundation that seeks to create communities of support and inquiry to explore new thinking and practice about the organizing of human endeavor. The Institute supports collaborative research in many forms and forums, all of which seek to discover the conditions that support the liberation of our collective capacity in organizations worthy of our humanity.

The Loka Institute, a non-profit research and advocacy organization concerned with the social, political, and environmental repercussions of research, science and technology.

Redefining Progress, a public policy organization that seeks to ensure a more sustainable and socially equitable world. Working both within and beyond the traditional economic framework, RP generates and refines innovative policies and ideas that balance economic well-being, the environment, and social equity so that those living today and those who will come in the future can have a better quality of life.

The Third World Network which is a network of groups and individuals involved in bringing about a greater articulation of the needs, aspirations and rights of people in the Third World; a fair distribution of world resources and forms of development which are humane, in harmony with nature and fulfil people's needs. This site features a lot of articles on rethinking economic liberalization and the Seattle WTO meeting.

PCDF Home Page - the People-Centered Development Forum is an international alliance of individuals and organizations dedicated to the creation of just, inclusive, and sustainable human societies through voluntary citizen action.

The World Sustainable Cities Consortium offers a number of tools and resources for those working in the area of transport, mobility and logistics in transforming cities.  It is also an efficient ‘big picture’ source, which can be useful both for the information it offers and the networks that it is building up.  Their goal is to work toward a truly useful, pragmatic and encouraging World Sustainable Cities Innovations Knowledgebase.

Dialogue Between Nations - an interactive global communications network hosting an ongoing educational forum for the self-representation of the world's 300 million Indigenous Peoples and their nations in relation to the goals of the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations International Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004). The programming focuses on the points of view shared between visitors to the site in response to pre-recorded clips and statements by Indigenous individuals, official documents and other resources.