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Our Response to the Climate Emergency

February 1-10, 2020

Manish Jain

Co-Founder of the Unschooling Movement in India
Manish Jain

Manish is the living result of mixing a brilliant mind with the humbleness and willingness to question everything we've learned. Going from "mainstream to many streams", Manish integrates in his worldview the wisdom passed on by his grandmother, the direct experiences of touching the fertile soil, and the pragmatic observations of the changes imposed by the western mindset. From there, he's able to share useful maps that bring us from Knowing into Being.

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  • Introduction
  • Monoculture of the mind
  • Capitalism and our perception of sacredness
  • (Un)learning with our elders - True stories of natural healing
  • How to reconnect to the wisdom of life
  • Soil, ancestry and inner knowing
  • Indigenous stories in modern times - Cultural imagination
  • Unlearning to unleash the power of community
  • Transforming deadlyhood into livelihood
Manish Jain

Manish Jain is deeply committed to regenerating our diverse local knowledge systems and cultural imaginations. He is founder and coordinator of Shikshantar, ‘The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development’.  He has been working for the last 20 years, initiating many projects around unlearning, sustainable living, and gift culture. He is also co-founder of Swaraj University – India’s first university dedicated to the regeneration of local cultures, local economies, and local ecologies.

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  • Jen

    Mmmnnn ! The sound I remember Indian members of Ravi Shankar’s audience in England back in the 60s making in response of appreciation. Thank you. And thank you, Kosha, for you ability to respond so richly and personally to each guest.

  • Charles Petersen

    So much to take in, to integrate, from this interview… so many fascinating people out there whom I knew nothing about. Thanks for presenting them to us!

  • Kim

    Fantastic talk. Very inspiring. Especially the end – the knowledge revolution. Also talking with plants. Thank you

  • DonnaJoy Janovsky

    Wonder interview. Manish Jain was very inspiring. Some things he said have been flowing within me for some years now. Thank you.

  • Colleen Dick

    Can’t get to the next talk

  • John D Cooper

    This is a wonderfully inspiring encounter! Manish Jain, your responses to Kosha’s questions resonate for me.
    I am also deeply influenced by my grandmother. During my secondary school years, I lived in the midst of a three generation family. Are there eco-university initiatives in Australia? Together with my mother, I was a co-initiator of mutual-aid self-help lifelong learning via Universities of the 3rd Age throughout Queensland and northern NSW. In addition, I studied gerontology. My real understanding of aging has happened as I have aged… Shalom, Rabbi John D Cooper, Sunshine Coast.

  • Thank you for this talk and experience, wisdom sharing. it was lovely to hear.

  • Alice Güntert

    Refreshing to learn that not all international students in American schools get corrupted there.

    to learn conflict as a gift to learn from, that would be a tremendous improvement in US schools!

    Thankyou for your moving talk.

  • Barbara

    can´t open the interview

  • Alice Güntert

    This morning and this evening I tried loading Manish Jain’s talk onto my Facebook account. Each time I only got message of Fehler (Mistake)

  • Claudia Harris

    Thank you Rabbi Cooper from an American Jew who is wondering about her on ancestors wisdom traditions in addition to the v’ahavta. I tried to reply directly to your comment, but couldn’t …

  • Zora Ignjatovic

    I am deeply touched with the thoughts and shifts Manish is offering in this talk. it came like a balm on the wound. yes, we need different ways to be. partnering with people of this level and respect for the traditional, ancient and grandmothers wisdom give me inspiration and love for life. yes I was a bit concerned when I heard the intro, regarding the education and positions Manish held in the past. just to realize that he is not corruptible and he as well Vandana are doing the supper meaningful work for India and humanity. awakened humanity. thank you.

  • Ed

    5 feb 2020

    i try to practice a simple philosophy, born i guess of necessity.
    Do without….
    Do the same with less!
    with dignified humility.
    Concern our selves with real needs not foolish wants.
    Happy birthday Dorthy, 100!!!
    Peter and Eileen smile likely.

    and carry on….


  • roberto hinestrosa

    gracias, gracias, gracias

    Manish and Kosha

  • CJ Del Piero

    Thank you, Manish and Kosha! This is my second time listening, and I find many ideas to ponder in my own unlearning and releasing of monocultures of the mind. There is much here that I have been wrestling with for decades. I keep yearning to continue this conversation.

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