Humanity is facing issues at an unprecedented scale and complexity. Our current systems and structures are breaking down and we have very little idea of how to navigate ourselves in these difficult times. The list of problems facing India can already fill several diaries and seems to be spiraling out of control...
Our current ways of thinking and creating change have stopped being effective anymore. It is time to connect and dream once again - and trust that there will be emergence from our collective wisdom, our collective creativity, and our collective action.
Alongside these are questions that any young person engaging with social change faces - around career, finances, parents, relationships and so on. The youth are looking for spaces to ask these questions and have a heart to heart conversation too.
We propose to host a series of gatherings of youth leaders that names and celebrates this historic moment and looks at it as an opportunity to create newer structures and responses.
These gatherings will bring together various youth leadership ecosystems to create a shared understanding of our challenges and a vision for tomorrow. A space to celebrate the hundreds of constructive initiatives, to connect, to learn and to draw from the wisdom of earlier generations.
Presenting..... ‘2069?: The Youth Fest’!
What will 2069 be like? Will we survive? What’s our dream for then? Can we have a gathering that meets every year for the next 50, nurturing and enacting the vision? 2069 is a space to disrupt old ways, to connect and to reimagine the collective future 50 years from now.
This is an invitation is for you to come onboard! Let’s co-imagine and co-create a space to share, learn and support >
the emerging youth movement!
We have hosted a gathering of about 150 youth leaders from across the country from 1st to 6th March 2019 in Sardarshahr, Rajasthan. We intend to meet every year. The next gathering will be in March 2020.
We invite you in a deep spirit of care, empathy, creativity, collaboration, and emergence.
Your participation will bring in your unique flavor to the gathering, making it yummier! Alongside, we this as a space to build your next line of leadership, to meet the larger movement at one place and experience their work first hand. This will also be a space where we will connect to the emerging vision and possible advocacy asks from youth.
And since this is the first year, your energy shall be even more valuable in creating the founding spirit of the gathering!
Excited? For more ideas, questions, reflections etc reach out to Kejal or Harsh.
सब ठौर जमात हमर जमात
सब ठौर पर ह मेला
Shikshantar Andolan, Indian Multiversities Alliance, Vikalp Sangam, Ekta Parishad, Moved by Love, Commutiny: The Youth Collective, Blue Ribbon Movement, Samvaada, Synergy, Agrini, Anhad Pravah, People for Change, We Are Young, LSUC, Swaraj, Bhoomi Network, Youth Alliance, India Youth Jam.
While we don’t have a formal agenda, we foresee the space as being 30% structured and 70% open. A tentative flow of the days that we came up with is as follows:
Day 1: Opening and introductions
Day 2: The ME Space: Questions around our personal journeys
Day 3: Discovering the WE: Looking at collective spaces and learning
Day 4: The NOTHING Day
Day 5: Celebrating the US: looking at the emerging crisis and alternatives
Day 6: Closing day: plans ahead and way forward
We see this space as a gathering for those who have had some experience of engaging in social change. Here’s our recommendation for participants:
As an inter-generational gathering, we invite spaceholders, typically individuals who have experience of facilitating and working with youth for 5 years or more. Spaceholders will be facilitating and holding space in emergent process during the gathering. Spaceholders will also be requested to contribute to the cost of 6 days of the fest (INR 2500/- per person) + their own travel
As a coming together of organizations and youth ecosystems, we invite you to partner and join us. The partnership would involve bringing in your leaders to space, offering sessions and joining us in co-creating space.
Role as partners:
Which organizations are going to be invited:
Aurovile- (Youth link, Swadharma, Anvesha, Sadhana Forest), Pravah, STEP, Teach for India, Gandhi Fellowship*, Yuva*, Jagriti Yatra, Make a difference, Bhumi, Sevagram Collective, SAPA, RGNIYD*, NAPM, Ritambra, CYDA, National Youth Project, CCS*, ASHA Network. (feel free to add names!)
Broad Design structure:
- 30% structured 70% unstructured - 1:20/1:10 ratio of participants to space holders - 60% 20 somethings - 30% 30-40 somethings - 10% elders - Space for offering workshops/ holding conversations / activities/ experiments - Family: Participants would be divided in families of 8 - 10 with one space holder. This is to make sure each individual is cared and supported throughout. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed at times
06.00am - 08.30am: Shramdaan, yoga, birding prabhatferi, cleaning
08.30am - 10.00amBreakfast and getting ready
10.00am - 11.30am: Opening Circle/ announcements/ keynote (Recommended not to miss) 11.30am - 01.00pm: Learning focused workshops on the days theme (approx 10 parallel if 200 people join)
01.00pm - 03.00pm: Lunch
03.00pm - 05.00pm: : Participant initiated activities (Space for conversations, dialogue, art) 05.00pm - 07.00pm: Family Time
07.00pm - 08.00pm: Cultural performance
08.00pm - 09.30pm: Dinner
Day 1 : Knowing each other. We start 3pm onwards. (Lead by design team that meets on 27-28th feb)
Day 2 : Me. Focusing on personal concerns, career, parents, relationships, etc
Day 3 : We. Collectively, community focus
Day 4 : Nothingness. Unstructured.
Day 5 : Us. Universal conversations
Day 6 : Reflection and Closing till 1pm. (Lead by Design Team)
On a personal level, it will create a place for participants to reflect on individual life journeys and what makes us who we are today. It is an opportunity to deepen our purpose, ask meaningful questions, unlearn our fears and blocks, access our hearts, and open our minds to move more boldly in the world.
On the interpersonal level, we come together to share our work, our values, our cultures, our creativity, our collaborative spirits, our stories and our struggles so we can deepen in our understanding of, and connection to, each other.We will create spaces for collaboration, co-learning spaces, sharing spaces where we can understand each other and our journeys more deeply.
On the systemic level, we come together to celebrate the collective, the power of youth work, the creativity and energy. We also become clearer about the importance of our work in the world and its potential for even deeper, more meaningful impact.We use this space for sharing our challenges, articulating our collective vision for future and creating a path for our years ahead.
The fest is a space learning you are encouraged to not just offer/ co-create workshops/ circles but also push your creativity with doing hands on things like collective cooking, art installations, music, dance, puppets, currency and many more experiments you would like to attempt.
Please do bring in the material needed for these sessions/activities.
If you have any concerns, suggestions, feel free to write back or get in touch with Kejal or Harsh.