Nurturing Learning Ecologies, Building Learning Cities

Item from AERO E- News 30.01.2011. We brought Shikshantar to the attention of the CPE-PEN network a number of years ago. It’s great to see them at this AERO conference.

Nurturing Learning Ecologies, Building Learning Cities (Video)
Workshop by Shilpa Jain

A look at the experience of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Movement for Rethinking Education and Development, in Udaipur, India, and their work in building a Learning City. How can the vast web of relationships, spaces, resources, etc. for learning be noticed, accessed, increased and imagined, to really build the world we want to see? Shikshantar has been working for 10 years; we have a lot of inspiring stories to share. Come and learn how you can get started too. A focus on appreciative interviewing and mapping your community.

Shilpa Jain spent the last ten years as a learning activist with Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, based in Udaipur, India. While there, Jain researched, wrote books and articles, facilitated workshops, and hosted gatherings on topics such as globalization, creative expressions, ecology, democratic living, innovative learning, and unlearning. Jain is currently working with Other Worlds Are Possible, a multi-media collaborative focused on grassroots alternatives, and with YES! (based in Santa Cruz, CA) as coordinator of the Global Youth Leadership Collaborative and of the Leveraging Privilege for Social Change Jam. All of her work seeks to uncover ways for people to free themselves from dominating, soul-crushing institutions, and to live in greater alignment with their hearts and deepest values, their local communities, and with nature. She is excited about growing new roots and new possibilities in the United States after many years away.

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