shilpa jain

Shilpa Jain

Shilpa Jain is currently rooting herself in Oakland/Berkeley, CA, where she serves as the Executive Director of YES!. Prior to taking on this role, Shilpa spent two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator of Other Worlds and ten years as a learning activist with Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, based in Udaipur, India, where she served as coordinator of the Swapathgami (Walkouts-Walkons) Network. Her publications include A Poet’s Challenge to Schooling, Reclaiming the Gift Culture, Other Worlds of Power, Paths of Unlearning, Unfolding Learning Societies volumes one, two and three, and several issues of Vimukt Shiksha (“Liberating Learning”) and the Swapathgami newsletter “Making Our Paths of Living and Learning”. She is also co-author of “Connect. Inspire. Collaborate”, a highly sought-after facilitation manual.

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

We invite you to join us in deepening the dialogues on learning societies. 

Working with concerned citizens of Udaipur to regenerate Mewari, the local language of the Mewar region of southern Rajasthan.

Is the Right to Education a blessing or a curse? This pamphlet seeks to open a debate on the Right to Education Campaign.

Learning Parks was one of the first experiments co-created by Shikshantar in Udaipur in the year 2000.

One of the biggest confusions in India is that we equate 'education' and 'the culture of schooling' with 'shiksha'. But their philosophical, epistemological and pedagogical roots are fundamentally different. Take a look how.

So pervasive is the ‘gender issue’ that policymakers, academics, and practitioners cannot carry out a survey, write a proposal, fund a project, or evaluate a program without some mention of it. Now, just so everyone can breathe a sigh of relief, gender too has made its way into the discussion on learning societies.  

This anthology explores many aspects of the gift culture - trust, care, hospitality, sharing economy, copyleft, forgiveness, vulnerability, etc. - from around the world.

Walkout Challenge Day is a day when walkouts help each other overcome the fear and/or inertia that’s limiting their walk-out/walk-on journey. Host an event in your community.

This issue of Vimukt Shiksha is dedicated to celebrating the courage and wisdom of those individuals, families and communities who are trying to resist being schooled/conditioned/ institutionalized/dehumanized and, in the process, are trying to reclaim control of their own learning/lives.

There is no pre-set curriculum for the learning activists. Rather, the learning agenda (learning goals, environments, styles and pace, resources, evaluations) emerges from mutual dialogue among all of the co-learners. We have learned that there are, however, some processes that can assist in their deeper exploration.