ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING INNOVATIONS FROM UDAIPUR - Turning a Traditional Awards Event into a New Youth-driven Social Design Experiment
Hoping to enliven the annual speech-heavy Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Udaipur Rotary leaders invited BMCT to reformat the proceedings into a more engaging interactive celebration of youthful creativity. BMCT gratefully responded with "DESIGNING OUR SHARED FUTURE" - a full day DIY think tank workshop on how to identify, frame and communicate vital transformative messages in the fields of education, social equality and eco-social health.
For over 10 hours, 140 students from 18 local schools and 10 countries brainstormed motivational concepts; composed plays, poems, songs & art work; and then market tested their creations on a wildly appreciative evening crowd. As one young participant remarked, "the presentations were cool, but the process was amazing. They let us generate the ideas, debate the strategies, run the show. Most of us started out as strangers, but we quickly learned to respect each other and ended up as friends." See "Read more" for how...
Kyoto Creative Econ Team Inspired by Mewar's Diversity, Launches New Kyoto-Udaipur Collaboration Center
Udaipur - Jan 31, 2015: Eminent Japanese delegation arrives to deepen Kyoto/Udaipur ties and co-develop new creative economy models.
Team arriving: (l to r) former UNEP/UNESCO program officer Ryuichi Fukuhara;
Organized in Udaipur by Big Medicine Charitable Trust and in Japan by Kyoto International Ambassador Stomu Yamash'ta and the St. Core Research Group in Doshisha's Creative Economies Study Center, this visit had three broad goals.
After an inspiring week of meetings with leading Udaipur universities, artists, activists and social entrepreneurs, the enthused Kyoto team returned home to set up a Kyoto/Udaipur "0 to K"* Exchange Office at Doshisha to research & co-develop Creative Economics projects and formalize cooperative endeavors.
BMCT's lead project coordinator, Kathy Arlyn Sokol observed, "Besides priceless help from Sukhadia & SInghania Universities, IIMU, the Vice Mayor, and the Udaipur Hotel Association's Sri Vishwa Vijay Singh, so many wonderful Udaipurites from the villages, the arts, academia and civil society contributed to this effort, we are overwhelmed with gratitude. Doshisha's new Kyoto/Udaipur Creative Econ R&D Office stands today as a direct tribute to all their imaginative work and enthusiastic cooperation,"
Click below for a chronicle of their visit & an outline of proposed initial projects.
* "0 to K" symbolizes ancient Indo-Japanese philosophic insights & cultural continuity and the modern economic, social and spiritual promise of creative diversity.
Shakti Caravan objectives extend from Lincoln Center performances to teaching in Udaipur's rural tribal areas. BMCT and VC are now working with this Bhil tribe school in Upli Badi village on a variety of projects, including environmentally themed art & dance instruction, composting toilet experiments, organic farming and alternative local healing traditions.
Shakti Caravan is an ongoing dance education exchange program cosponsored by New York's Vanaver Caravan and Big Medicine Charitable Trust. BMCT invited VC team members to Udaipur in 2012 and 2014 to study Rajasthani dance genres and teach world dance in local schools and community groups. This year VC invited two gifted young Udaipur dancers, Bharat Verma and Kishan Lal Gameti, to teach and tour with them through the summer dance season including debut performances at Lincoln Center and the renowned Downtown Dance Festival.
Shakti Sunday ally, Bharat is also a talented choreographer who teaches at many schools, instructs street kids for free, and creates innovative dance programs around environmental and human rights themes.
UDAIPUR'S GREEN FESTIVAL FOR EDUCATORS: OUTING I
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