Dialogue on Rural Development by Sahaj Foundation @ Deer Park Institute, Himachal Pradesh [Feb 17-22]: Registration Open

The present world is aggressively talking about development. Be it the corporate board meetings, social media, government panels, public forums or international dialogues, everywhere ‘Development’ has taken the center-stage, making people come up with innovative ideas, inclusive frameworks, diverse teams and multi-dimensional strategies to solve age-old as well as newly found problems.
More and more people are now thinking beyond their individual selves to participate in the whole social process of solving human challenges across the world. There are now people who volunteer on weekends, and there are people who have dedicated their whole lives for the betterment. Though the transition is extraordinary, it also comes with its limitations if proper ‘preparation’ is not done before ‘action’.
Rural Development Dialogue Himachal Pradesh Feb 2018
The process of preparation requires us to ask a few basic questions:

  1. What do we mean by development? How exactly do we define it?
  2. Why do we need development? Is it essential to follow this path, or is it optional but we consider it essential?
  3. If we need development, how do we decide the direction of development? For example, development may mean eating packaged machine-based food, and it may also mean eating self-grown home-made food.
  4. While we decide the direction of development, how do we consider our relationships with each other and with plant, animal and material world?
  5. Lastly, thinking beyond Roti, Kapda, Makaan, Bijli, Paani and other essentials, what are the intangible outcomes of development that may give meaning to our existence on this planet?

‘प्रश्न विकास का’ is a dialogue meticulously designed for asking all these questions one by one in rural context and for reflecting on them collectively, both while being in a circle and while being on-field talking to villagers about their life experiences. On one hand, the dialogues shall try to find new answers to its central questions, and on the other, the dialogue shall also try to reevaluate the direction of development we have taken so far as a society.
In the process, the dialogue shall consider ideas like ‘Localization’, ‘Self-reliance’, ‘Globalization’, ‘Industrialization’, ‘Governance’, ‘Markets’ while keeping in mind the modern tools such as ‘Technology’, ‘Education’, ‘Infrastructure’, ‘Tourism’, ‘Entrepreneurship’ etc.
Who should attend?
Those who wish to work or who are already working for the development of the villages in India in any field such as Education, Livelihood, Health, Technology etc.
Also, please keep in mind that this dialogue shall focus on ‘Why should we develop our villages?’ and not on ‘How should we execute our ideas?’. Therefore, this Dialogue shall not be an appropriate platform to talk about fundraising, execution, marketing, team building etc.
February 17-22, 2018
Batch Size
10-15 Participants
Professionals from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or related backgrounds
Application Process
The Dialogue invites applications in two formats, as groups and as individuals.
The company/organizations that wish to send their team of multiple individuals for the Dialogue, kindly fill this application form.
The individuals who wish to attend the Dialogue on their own or as their team’s representative, kindly fill this application form.
Rs 13,000* per participant. The cost covers program charges, single room accommodation, food and local travel expenses during the Dialogue.
Selected Participants shall have to submit a non-refundable deposit of Rs 6,500 each in order to secure their space in the dialogue in advance. The remaining 50% of the cost may be submitted during the course of the dialogue.
*Any surplus gained from the Dialogue shall be used for Sahaj Foundation’s local community Programs in Bir, Himachal Pradesh.
+91 88948 93083. sahajfoundationinfo@gmail.com

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