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Dialogue on India’s Future

  • Remarkable, first-ever collection of 35 essays on India’s future, by a diverse set of authors – activists, researchers, media practitioners
  • Brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, ecologically sustainable and economically equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious
  • Essays include both futuristic scenarios and present initiatives that demonstrate the possibility of such futures
  • Organised under four sections – Ecological Futures, Political Futures, Economic Futures and Social-cultural Futures
  • Introductory and concluding essays to tie these diverse visions together
  • An essential read for a wide range of readers including youth, academics, development workers, policy makers, community members, activists and media persons
  • Engaging for everyone who is concerned about the current state of India and the world, and willing to engage critically in the
    collective search for a better future
  • Book your copy before 25 November 2017 and avail special offer of
    15% discount and free shipping in India.
  • Editors: Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy ISBN: 9788193392478 Size – 7.4 X 9.6 inches | No of pages – 704                 Price: INR 995 Available: December, 2017 Enquiries:

Cultural Spaces for Sustainable Futures

Organized by:
Pipal Tree/Fireflies in collaboration with Dialogues in Humanity

28-29 November 2017
Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore

The cultural arena is replete with both creative and liberating potentiality as well as regressive and insular parochialism. Culture can unleash positive energies in the context of diversity and pluralism as well as advocate uniformity and rigidity. Often there is a mix of both these tendencies, leading to complex forms that are both regressive and liberating at the same time.

The secular universe has largely been unable to decipher the complexity of culture in India. It has preferred to sidestep cultural issues rather than make sense of them and provide fresh orientations that are enriching at personal, social and ecological levels. Today, we are approaching a post-secular era that is more inclusive in its understanding and sees the significance of religion and culture in steering society towards Sustainable Futures.

The two-day event on 28th and 29th of November will be an occasion for thinkers, writers, journalists, artists, activists and students to understand cultural issues in all their complexity and explore possibilities of dialogue and transformative action in the context of fundamentalism and conflict, as well as examine the role of cultural forces to promote sustainable development and combat climate change.

To register for the Dialogues, please fill out this form by 30 October 2017. Food and lodging, and travel costs of the confirmed participants will be taken care of.
If you have any queries regarding the event please email Oamjie John at
With warm regards,
Siddhartha                    Oamjie John

Pipal Tree,
Fireflies Intercultural Centre,
Dinnepalya, Kaggalipura P.O.,
Bangalore – 82 India.
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Announcing the 2018 Fireflies Dialogues [8-11 Feb]

Greetings from Pipal Tree / Fireflies Intercultural Centre in Bangalore, India!

Pipal Tree cordially invites you to participate in the 2018 Fireflies Dialogues, focusing on Dialogue, Reconciliation and Healing. This edition of the Fireflies Dialogues will be held from 8-11 February, 2018

at Fireflies Intercultural Centre in Bangalore, India.

The Fireflies Dialogues happen yearly through Pipal Tree’s Meeting Rivers programme (Bangalore, India) and Dialogues en Humanité (Lyon, France). The Dialogues create opportunities for thinkers, artists, activists, students, journalists, policy makers, bureaucrats, scholars, and more to create change towards sustainability through knowledge-sharing, interaction, and participatory processes.

In this year’s theme, Dialogue, Reconciliation and Healing, we seek to explore the potential of dialogues in bringing about sustainable futures. To learn more about the 2018 topic, please refer to the concept note given below.

As always, we seek to cultivate a diverse group of participants who aim to share and apply the knowledge and inspiration they gain from the Fireflies Dialogues in their personal/professional lives, communities, and beyond to benefit a national and global citizenry.

To register for the Dialogues, please fill out this form by 31 December 2017. As usual, food and lodging will be provided free of cost for this event.

If you know of a person or group of people who would be interested in attending the 2018 Fireflies Dialogues, please share this announcement with them.

If you have any queries regarding the 2018 Fireflies Dialogues, please email us at

With warm regards,

For the Organizing Team

Siddhartha and Gopal Krishna

Workshop on Sustainable Livelihoods in the Dry-land Regions

Greetings from Pipal Tree, Bangalore!

Pipal Tree, in collaboration with Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch, is hosting a get-together of farmers from the dry-land regions of India from 18-20 December 2017 at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore. This get-together of farmers is aimed at sharing best innovative and traditional practices in dry-land farming and allied activities, identifying issues and challenges in sustainable livelihoods in dry-land regions, and exploring the role of local self-governance institutions in the promotion of dry-land agriculture, and related livelihood activities.

There are numerous reports on the significant role played by small-scale farmers in ensuring food and nutrition security of the country’s population. Unfortunately this contribution is not sufficiently valued. Small-scale farmers often lead a precarious life due to reasons such as uncertainty of weather, water shortages, poor linkages to resources, insufficient influence in the market, deficient support systems, etc. The situation is all the more critical in the dry-land regions. The dry-land farmers get-together is organized in this context to look at what contributes to Sustainable Livelihoods in the Dry-land Regions. We hope to look at agricultural and related means of sustainable livelihood in the dry-land regions both at household level and community level.

Farmers’ reflections will be complemented by experts and government officials working on related areas.

We request organizations, who can contribute to this process, to nominate three farmer leaders and the coordinator of the farmers programme to participate in this get-together and share knowledge and experiences. Since interactive sessions will be in English, the coordinator should be able to assist his/her group with translations. We would like to encourage participation of women farmers, and hence would request to keep this in mind while filling the registration form. The last date of receiving the registration form is 25th November 2017. A format for presentation by farmers will be shared once the participation is confirmed.

We hope to use this occasion to encourage exchange of seed diversity of dry-land crops, cook traditional meals, and immerse in cultural performances related to the agricultural traditions of the respective regions. Hence the participants are expected to come prepared to contribute to any of these activities. We will be sharing a detailed outline of the get-together to confirmed participants to fill in their contributions.

We will take care of the board and lodging of the participants at Fireflies Intercultural Centre from the evening of the 17thof December to the morning of the 21stof December.

If you have any queries, please feel free to write to us at or call us on +91-9538226654.

Warm regards,

Gopal Krishna                          Shabin Paul                             G. Krishna Prasad
Workshop Coordinator               Programme Coordinator           Convenor 
Pipal Tree

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