We are passing through an unprecedented event in our life. An event that is full of suffering, and yet equally full of possibilities of miracles waiting to happen in next few weeks or months. It is more like a transition from one way of living to another; a transition that many of us were already hoping to witness in our lifetimes; a transition that is bound to be painful in its process while it may lead us to a more beautiful world by the end.
Now the question is, are we prepared for a more beautiful world? Do we even have an imagination or understanding of what kind of a world we wish to live in? What kind of systems, or structures, would we like to design while we arrive in that space? Or, do we simply wish to continue with the systems that we already have? If yes, would we then eventually not get to the same kind of lifestyle that created this pandemic at first place?
Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” Likewise, we cannot hope to not have a crisis in future if we continue to live by the systems that have created this pandemic at first place. We will have to imagine a different set of systems that are not rooted in the pursuit of unlimited linear growth and concentration of power. We will have to imagine a whole new way of understanding our lives, our communities and our cultures. We will have to first empty our minds by unlearning that we already know, so as to give space to many fresh possibilities to seep in. And, we will have to do it all together for an effective timely transition!
‘नया दौर, नयी कल्पना’ invites you to one such endeavor. The program invites you all to come together, in virtual gatherings or circles, and simply start reading the books of those visionaries who have dared to point us to different directions. These visionaries are of the present times and of the past, and they come from different backgrounds, different disciplines and different cultures.
Our effort, collectively, would be to use their work as our guiding light, reflect on the concepts that they have proposed, brainstorm their advantages as well as limitations, understand their possible impact on the inner growth of ‘the self’ and ‘the collective’, and finally critically analyze the practicality of the proposals for their actual on-ground implementation. In this whole process, we shall also seek the support of meditation sessions, videos/talks and a few group activities to deepen our experience.
The first version of the program aims to focus on ‘Re-imagining Economy’ as its theme, continue for six weeks from April 20- May 31, 2020, take up three books as its guiding light, host 2 online gatherings per week (90 Mins each) and seek 90 minutes of commitment from its participants every day (for self-reading or for online circles). It is going to be a rigorous journey wherein you shall get to delve into not only the possibilities of transition but also your own self.
Three books that we plan to take up for the present theme shall come from the following choices:
1. Doughnut Economics- Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth
2. Economy of Permanence by JC Kumarappa
3. Small is beautiful- A Study of Economics As If People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher
4. Sacred Economics- Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstei
Anyone- of any age, gender, nationality, background, work experience- is invited to participate in this program as we wish to have as much diversity as possible.
All we would require from our side is for you to have an interest for reading books, a spark to find a new way of living and an intention to dive deeper into the possibilities of re-imagining the design of our present economy.
How to apply
If you find yourself interested, kindly fill the application form given here.
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