The Learning Societies UnConference seeks to bring together all kinds of people who are resisting monoculture and co-creating diverse learning communities, sustainable learning spaces, creative un/learning processes, etc. for new models of happiness, well-being, decolonisation and swaraj. It was initiated by Shikshantar Andolan and many friends in 2002, see www.shikshantar.org.
We are inviting all alternative educators, homeschoolers, unschoolers, worldschoolers, cultural creatives, artists, upcyclers designers, activists, healers, organic farmers, eco-architects, spiritual explorers, giftivists and community-builders, grandmothers, social entrepreneurs, ecologists, crazy walkouts, etc. to JOIN US in Orissa from January 15-20, 2019. We are requesting that you stay for a minimum of 4 days - anything less means that you will miss out on too much and you will not be able to contribute much to co-creating the unconference process/energy. We will not accept participants who are coming for only 1 or 2 days.
CO-HOSTED BY: Shikshantar Andolan · Swashikshan Association of Indian Homeschoolers · Vikalp Sangam · Multiversities Alliance · Abhivyakti Media for Development · Digital Empowerment Foundation · Banyan Tree Bookstore · Moved by Love · Blue Ribbon Movement · YES Jam · Aikyam Network for Sustainable Living · Zero Waste Lifestyle-India · Dariya Dil Dukaan
HOW DO I KNOW MORE WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT?To get a better sense about the emergent event, read - https://medium.com/families-learning-together-magazine/love-letters-from-lsuc2017-800d46140e67?fbclid=IwAR2f9FiiY_YXescTeDzhY6lKcMpwDROxTyaakwoC-x2s_JX_do1QAjgUUkE
also look at - https://medium.com/swapathgami-walkout-walkon-network/decoding-the-learning-societies-unconference-9ffefc259d14
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?The Learning Societies UnConference is entirely organized in the spirit of gift culture. We feel everyone is a volunteer, a teacher, a co-creator with many gifts to share to help build the larger community. The suggested contribution for the event is Rs6000 per person (inclusive for registration, food and accomodation). You can contribute whatever you are able to from your heart. Lack of money should not deter you from attending or from full participation. Contact us if you have a difficulty getting there.
HOW TO GET THERE?The next LSuC is going to be held in Centurion University’s Paralakhemundi campus. Centurion University, established in 2005, is a private university in Odisha with its main campus in Parlakhemundi, Gajapati district. Paralakhemundi is an ancient town and a municipality in Gajapati district in the Indian state of Odisha. The town and the district share its boundaries with Andhra Pradesh.
Nearest railway station to Paralakhemundi where most trains have a scheduled stoppage is Palasa (station code: PSA) in Andhra Pradesh. From Palasa to Paralakhemundi, distance by road is about 40 kms.
Trains are the best option to reach Palasa. There are direct long distance trains from southern, eastern and central parts of India to Palasa.
Bhubaneswar (station code: BBS, airport code: BBI) and Visakhapatnam or Vizag (station code: VSKP, airport code: VTZ) are the two closest airports. For people taking flights from South and West India, Visakhapatnam could be a better option.
From Bhubaneswar, on a given day, there are 15 odd trains to Palasa and in some trains we can get tickets on a day's notice. Sleeper costs less than ₹150. It takes about 4 hours by train from Bhubaneswar to Palasa.
From Visakhapatnam too, there are as many trains and it typically takes about 3 hours to Palasa.
From Palasa, we will have university buses arranged at regular intervals on days of arrival and departure. People can take public buses as well. It takes about an hour. Plan to reach Paralakhemundi on 14 jan evening or 15th morning.