3rd Transformative Knowledge Workshop
5-8 November 2016, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
For each of the T2S programme’s annual Transformative Knowledge Workshops, we aim to go to a location that has undergone or is undergoing deep social change. India has seen profound transformations over the decades, and furthermore is today home to a panoply of social movements and activist organisations aiming to change socio-ecological relationships at various levels around the country. With all three Transformative Knowledge Networks (TKNs) having partners in India, representatives of ACKnowl-EJ, PATHWAYS and T-LEARNING, as well as others who were involved in the seed grants (funded in 2014) or in the shortlisted TKN proposals, were more than ready to convene in New Delhi for the third annual workshop from 5 to 8 November this year.
Taking place almost one year into the TKNs’ activities, the workshop focussed on understanding the early stages of the transformative change process and exploring the theories of change underpinning the TKNs. It was also a moment to deepen connections between the TKN projects and partners and to build skills in managing complex projects.
The workshop coincidentally took place during an ‘extreme’ pollution peak in New Delhi, which threw into sharp relief the need for urgent action to bring about transformations towards sustainability. The meeting provided opportunities to learn from Indian grassroots initiatives working on social transformations, and programme members were joined by a number of representatives from social movements or civil society for a public seminar on 7 November:
- Jubilee Vinod of Kudumbashree, a project to engage women in civil society in development issues and opportunities in order to chart out new possibilities for local economic development and citizen centric governance;
- Vimlendu Jha of Swechha, a New Delhi-based, youth-led, youth-run organization dedicated to making a visible difference to the environment – both physical and social;
- Elango R., a former Panchayat president working notably on village-centred development, networks and solidarity.
Contributors to the recently published World Social Science Report 2016, “Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World” also joined the meeting on 7 November in sessions focusing on the intersection between the themes of the Report and the T2S programme: inequalities, transformational change and sustainability.
Pictures from the workshop will be available soon, and a more detailed report on the meeting will be available on the T2S webpages in January 2017.
The four-day workshop was hosted by the partners of the PATHWAYS Transformative Knowledge Network (TKN) in the Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The events on 7 November were generously hosted by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) with the valuable support of the Centre for the Studies in Science Policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).