REGISTER HERE for the Learning Societies unConference 2016

An Invitation for You to Join Us for The Desert Gathering

Here is a little video glimpse of the immense joy and enthusiasm we experienced at the 9th Learning Societies unConference 2016.

The unConference toolk place from December 14 - 19, 2016 at Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahr, Churu (Near Bikaner)  Rajasthan. It was hosted in Hindi, English and regional languages.

Participants are requested to join for the entire duration of the unConference so as to explore, express and nourish our creative energies together. However, those who can come for only one day are encouraged to attend the open house on December 17th. This intergenerational gathering will bring together leading "thinker-doers" from around South Asia who are active in challenging the monopoly of factory-schooling and monoculture, and nurturing diverse learning communities, vernacular traditions, intercultural dialogues, deep consciousness and swaraj.

In an unConference, the participants co-create the agenda together around what matters deeply to them. We believe each participant is a resource person, even children. We believe in sharing our stories, talents and gifts from our hearts. There will be a lot of open space for participants to self-organize in groups around questions, experiences, experiments, workshops, play, music, dance, sports, cooking food, treks, art, etc., in the spirit of deep dialogue and friendship. The gathering seeks to engage the heart, hands, head and home, all of our senses and sensibilities, for re-imagining our lifestyles and systems.

There will be alternative educators, organic farmers, artists, artisans, activists, designers, ecologists and nature lovers, filmmakers, healers, social entrepreneurs, homeschoolers, unschoolers, barefoot innovators, grandparents, youth, spiritual seekers, and more. As with all learning societies events, the unConference welcomes families, youth and children.

We hope to build upon the reflection, dialogue and co-motion that have been initiated in the Learning Societies network already. There will be a lot of space in the unConference to explore radical ideas, proposals and projects. This is a fantastic opportunity to really think (and DO!) outside the box. Most importantly, the central purpose of this gathering is to build strong friendships and critical connections across the country. Previous unConferences have been held in Pune, Himachal Pradesh, Udaipur, Mumbai, Brazil, Jordan, Pakistan and Iran.

Co-hosted by: Shikshantar Andolan · Gandhi Vidhya Mandir · Swashikshan Association of Indian Homeschoolers · Vikalp Sangam · Multiversity Network · Swaraj University · Abhivyakti Media for Development · Digital Empowerment Foundation· CoEvolve · Banyan Tree · Infopace· Moved by Love · Startup Oasis

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN HERE Please register online before December 8, 2016.

More Event Details

Costs. The unconference runs on the principle of gift culture. We want to ensure that everyone who is interested in participating can join us for this event. The suggested contribution is Rs.4000 per person for the event which covers set-up, accommodation and meals. You can pay what you feel is appropriate for your situation. If possible, you are invited to sponsor someone else’s participation. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Accomodation. There are well-planned hostel rooms for 1000 co-creators to live together for 5 days in the spirit of community living. There will be local hotels also available for those who require them (at your own additional personal cost). We are negotiating for a group discount with them and will send you details as soon as you register.

Food. There will be simple vegetarian food available, with vegan options. We are trying our best to source as much organic food as possible. There will also be some common kitchen facilities for those interested in group cooking.

Special Request. This is a family-friendly event. We would like to create a safe environment for co-creators of all ages. For this reason, we would like to keep this gathering drug-free and alcohol- free.

Travel. Gandhi Vidya Mandir (GVM) is nestled like an oasis in the Thar desert, near the town of Sardarshahr in India’s north-western state of Rajasthan. It is about 300 km west of Delhi, 125 km east of Bikaner and 230 km north of Jaipur (well connected by rail, bus and private taxis). Here are travel details.

While making travel and stay bookings, please note that we will be starting at 11:00am on 14th December and concluding by 4.00pm on 19th December. There is an exciting learning journey (optional) planned on 20th December which will involve visiting inspiring people and projects in Bikaner city.

After you register online, you will receive a mail inviting you to join our mailing list. You can also join our Facebook Group on this link.

If you have any questions, please write to us at lsunconference@gmail.com or call Shikshantar (Udaipur): Harsh: +919958311401, Vidhi: +919829724189.

Shilpa Jain, Manish Jain

Get a little taste of LSUC history by downloading the first unconference publication, If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, from 2002. 

A stream, from its course in far-off mountains, passing through every kind and description of countryside, at last reached the sands of the desert. Just as it had crossed every other barrier, the stream tried to cross this one, but found that as fast as it ran into the sand, its waters disappeared.

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