What would a learning city be like? What is your idea of such a place? Can Jaipur become a learning city, and if so where do we start? How to know where do we have to direct our efforts for making it a reality?
Why not bring everyone together who gets excited about this idea at a common platform and discuss, take suggestions, and maybe design a route-map, while giving everyone just a glimpse of how amazingly vibrant a learning city can be !
The purpose of organizing Jaipur Learning City Unconference was the same. And the way this whole event turned out, we can simply say, the foundation has been a solid one.
What an unconference is and what it is not ! Better to know, is it not ?
What Unconference is not – It is not about PowerPoint Presentations and less exciting Keynote Speeches. It is not about those few people who are considered as superior knowledgeable beings for a day. It is not about the procedural drama, suits and ties, and everything that makes us little uncomfortable.
Unconference is more about the genuine conversations on various discipline and making genuine connections with other people. It is more about acceptance. It not about rushing towards an end goal, rather it is about living more in the present moment and appreciating what is going around. It is about opening up more than we usually do, allowing our creative thoughts flow freely, and our actions to consciously increase the positivity around without the fear of being judged.
Moving forward….the 1st Jaipur Learning City Unconference which took place on 12th March was an example of a beautifully executed Unconference –
Just when you pass the main gate, and enter the lawn, what do you see? You see a bunch of people in a large circle, and doing things which you don’t get to see every other morning ! Then you join them, and soon you are just as weird (or normal) as them.
Unconference started with games. What a fun way to urge people to show their true colors and begin a charismatic event ! More and more people joined. Laughs became louder, followed by more games with weird names and even weirder way they were being played.
Anyone could give a talk and people were eager to listen [ YOU LEAD TALKS]; some folks came in pajamas; everyone was at ease, they were smiling, participating, sharing, laughing, and learning; there were dance workshops, laughing workshops, art and craft workshops consisting of bottle decoration, organic color making, etc
At many instances during the day, I felt that environs like this could take you more close to your truer self. Being around people who are so appreciating and supportive, you can be comfortable in your own skin and do things at your own pace.
For lunch, everyone sat on the ground and ate delicious Organic Food.
There were food stalls serving juices, homemade muffins and chocolates, to organizers, visitors, and participants. There were stalls of arts and crafts items ranging from dream catchers to paper earrings.
One of the things that highlighted the essence of the event was the “Dariya Dil ki Dukan ”, where one could buy anything present in the stall with a smile. Yes, a smile. Smile, not money, is the currency of exchange here !