The Global Dialogue Lab – Changing the way we make change

In the next Global Dialogue Lab

Our Special Guest: Pawan Gupta


Friday, October 13, 2017


Question: To liberate our consciousness from colonialism, can we consider a culture beyond comparisons?

I have been working in the field of education running schools in rural India, doing research to find out the conflicts and contradictions prevalent in post colonial India and its impact on the perception of people, conducting seminars and dialogues in areas of education, modernity, tradition, traditional knowledge, and other socio-political issues, taking out a journal to challenge the mainstream perception of society, systems and structures by exposing the readers to different views which often are ignored by the media and present socio-political milieu.

The world, in the last 300 years or so has increasingly been moving towards materialism. By that I mean a number of things – assessing progress (of any kind) in measurable, quantitative terms while ignoring the more important qualitative aspect, increasing need to find an individual identity leading to individualism, freedom has come to mean ‘to be able to do and behave as one likes’ (ignoring the fact that likes and dislikes are shaped by or informed by influences one comes under and/or education), the tendency and almost dire need being cultivated among the educated to “look/ behave/act/ appear different”, the tendency to focus on the ‘Doing’ , ‘Appearing’, the ‘Manifested’ (whether natural/ organic or projection/pretences – this difference is often ignored) rather than on the real, the authentic, the ‘Being’ aspect. All these tendency have a relationship with the present day market economics and present day education on the one hand and World Politics and systems on the other. This is a continuum.

Something which promotes otherwise, meaning promotes and is comfortable with the natural (no pretentions – this is almost a spiritual endeavour), the ordinary, the real, the authentic. A world order which is devoid of comparisons is the only world order which can authentically respect and celebrate diversity – cultural, religious, knowledge systems etc.

Let us try and formulate questions which can encourage our discussion to think about these issues.

I write regularly and enjoy serious and authentic dialogues and contemplation.

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About the Global Dialogue Lab

Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger, creators of One World in Dialogue, are joined by writer and agent provocateur, Bayo Akomolafe for a series of monthly forums on new approaches to activism and change-making. With the input of the hosts and special guests, the Lab is designed to cultivate the thinking, aliveness, and creativity that can take us in new and unexpected directions. Rather than sharing best practices or learning new skills, participants in the Lab are invited to stay with what troubles us and to hold the dilemmas of change, together. Especially for social justice activists, change-makers, and aid workers, the Lab offers solidarity, support and surprise.


What happens in the Global Dialogue Lab?
We start with a dialogue between the hosts and our special guests—folks like Mallika Dutt, Charles Eisenstein, Shelley Sacks or Alnoor Ladha. We explore the deeper issues facing change-makers, personally and in their work, and draw on their experience and wisdom to illuminate new territory and open up new lines of thinking and questioning. Then we break into small groups for deeper, more intimate discussion. (We do this via videoconference—we actually can see each other!) After the groups, we come back together and sum up with sharing our insights and new questions.

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Each month we have a changing group of volunteers to help guide the small group dialogues.
You can learn more about some of the facilitators below.
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Upcoming Guests

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  • Dr. Rama Mani: Nov. 3, 2017
    Peacebuilder, poet, and founder of the Theatre of Transformation.
  • Pawan Gupta: Oct. 13, 2017
    Educator, explorer of post-colonial mindscapes

Past Guests

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  • Mallika Dutt: Sep 2
    Mallika Dutt is founder, president, and CEO of global human rights organization Breakthrough,...
  • Shelley Sacks: Dec. 2
    cross-discipline artist for sustainability & ecological citizenship
  • Gibrán Rivera: Jan. 6, 2017
    master facilitator anchored by Evolutionary Leadership
  • Charles Eisenstein: Oct. 7
    Charles, author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, is...
  • Leymah Gbowee: Nov. 11
    Leymah won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for leading a brilliant and...
  • Alnoor Ladha: Feb. 3, 2017
    co-founder & Executive DIrector of The Rules
  • Annie Levin: March 3, 2017
    attorney/doula/pollinator
  • Amir Ahmad Nasr: April 7, 2017
    Arab Spring blogger, storyteller, entrepreneur
  • Pi Villaraza: May 5, 2017
    author, healer, community builder
  • Rose Sackey-Milligan: July 7, 2017
    social & racial justice change maker, ordained in Afro-Cuban Lùkùmí tradition
  • Yael Treidel: Sept. 1, 2017
    Peace activist in Israel/Palestine



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