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New Horizons of Human Development

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Concept note for New Horizons of Human Development, a dialogical workshop

May 12th, 2014: 2-6 PM
Concept note for New Horizons of Human Development, a dialogical workshop

May 12th, 2014: 2-6 PM

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Published by: Centre for Poverty Analysis on May 05, 2014
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New Horizons of Human Development
 
 A Dialogical Workshop May 12
th
 , 2014: 2-6 PM Center for Poverty Analysis Rationale:
Reimagining Development is a project spear headed by the Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA). It aims to create a consistent space for germinating new ideas, new publications, and new research that challenges the conventional paradigm of development. The proposed event is initiated to further enhance and broaden the definitions of development based on the book
Sociology and Beyond: Windows and Horizons 
 authored by Dr. Ananta Kumar Giri of the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai and
New 
 
Earth Sastra: Towards Holistic Development and Management 
 by Professor Subash Sharma, Director, Indus Business, Academy, Bangalore.
Sociology and Beyond 
 engages with a wide range of issues including the quest for a good society and the part 111 of the book with the title New Horizons of Quality of Life and Societal Co-Realizations deals with challenges of foundationally rethinking and reimagining development today. It deals with issues of quality of life, ethics and aesthetics, globalizing economy and the challenge of dialogues, issues of peace and transformative reconciliation, global justice and responsibility.
 New Earth Sastra: Towards Holistic Development and Management
presents a new way of thinking about management, development and economics of our world which takes into consideration the needs of our Mother Earth. It also pleads for a new sacro-civic society and harmonic globalization. This resonates with the concept of planetary realization offered by Dr. Ananta Kumar Giri in his
Knowledge and Human Liberation: Towards Planetary Realizations 
. Planetary realizations refer to the challenge and process of realizing our potential and aspirations as children of Mother Earth going beyond exclusion of many kinds such as class inequality, nation-state centered rationality and anthropocentrism. In our workshop, we explore new horizons of human development as both the books and larger works of Drs. Giri and Sharma challenge us to go beyond narrow closure of development and realize the holistic, integral and spiritual dimensions of development.
 
Objective:
 Both the books indicate that the way to achieve the goal of a happy developed society is rooted in principles of ecology, ethics, social and gender equity, thereby deviating from mainstream ideologies. A discussion based on these books is timely and relevant to the Reimagining Development discourse in this respect, as it provides a space to discuss innovative ways of redefining development. Keeping in line with the objectives of
Reimagining Development,
the workshop aims to bring together diverse individuals to discuss the issues pertaining to development that are arising from these books. Electronic copy of Sociology and Beyond are available for interested participants and an essay of Professor Sharma too. Interested participants
are kindly requested to read the part three of Dr. Giri’s book and Professor Sharma’s
essay.  As the workshop will take place on an interactive, dialogical platform, it envisions to bring in to the discussion pieces of literature and creative work presented or written by participants
 –
 poetry, essays, articles, stories, blog posts, music- that will shed light on the multi-dimensional views of development that are currently being exchanged. The aim of this interaction is to add to the plethora of ideas that are being generated on development that stray from the ordinary unilateral views that have governed our mindset so far, and to open our eyes to the multiple truths that come into play in the world around us.
Planned Activity:
 The discussion will be held on Saturday, 12
th
 of May 2014 at Centre for Poverty  Analysis. The event will involve participants with diverse backgrounds to discuss alternative ways of looking at development that deviate from the conventional unilateral views that have governed our mindset so far. Participants are welcome to bring and discuss poems, essays and other inputs that will be based on themes emerging from the book. The workshop has two initial presentations one each by Drs. Giri and Sharma and then it is followed by other presentations including by Mr. B. Jena, the Commissioner of Income Tax of Union Territory of Pondicherry, Government of India on Spiritual Horizons of Human Development: Insights from the Vision and Experiments of Sri  Aurobindo and The Mother. We look forward to more dialogical reflections on these issues from all concerned. Friends with CEPA and other academic and activist groups would also share their reflections on these.

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