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Pluriverse : A Post Development Dictionary

The book ‘Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary’, published mid-2019, is now available for free PDF download.

The book has been published with a Creative Commons license, and the Indian publishers readily agreed to make it freely available after an initial period of sales to help them recover costs.

For those who still want to purchase a hard copy or ebook, details are available on the same page.

The book is now also available (for sale) in Spanish and Portuguese; if anyone wants details, pl write to me or my co-editor Alberto Acosta at [email protected].

Two Upcoming Events in Europe – KV Participation

9th Sept, 6.30 pm, Aachen, Germany

Social and Ecological Change – radical and democratic Perspectives from Asia (India)

Climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, degradation of soil and water … the destructive side-effects of a life style based on ever increasing mass consumption are all too obvious. They are threatening the ecological basis of our planet. And yet, not even a majority of humanity is taking part in the “wealth” of this life style.

Radical change is needed to address the fundamentals behind these symptoms. But how can such a radical social and ecological change be achieved that really cares for the well-being of all? What can politics and civil society contribute to bring about such change?

Presentation by Ashish Kothari, Kalpavriksh, followed by discussion

10-11th Sept, Kassel, Germany 

Post-Development Conference: Decolonial Alternatives to Development

Includes a Keynote address on Radical Ecological Democracy; and a book release of Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary, with co-editors Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh and Alberto Acosta present

Strengthening the Governance of Conserved Territories in the Peruvian Amazon

Under the auspices of IUCN and the ICCA Consortium, the “Strengthening Governance of Conserved Territories in the Peruvian Amazon” workshop was held October 14-19, 2018 at the Atinchik retreat in Pachacámac, Lima, Peru. The workshop purpose was to examine the ICCA – territories of life in the Peruvian Amazon region and their role in the national conservation system and to support the maintenance of sustainable lifestyles. Participants included 26 representatives of 13 indigenous peoples (Achuar, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Awajún, Ese Eja, Harakbut, Matsés, Matsigenka, Shipibo-Konibo, Wampís, Yagua, Yánesha and Yine) selected from the principal indigenous organizations in the Peruvian Amazon as persons who have had roles in the management of territorial lands. Additional participants, during the two final days included representatives of the Peruvian protected areas agency SERNANP, experts (EAGL) from the IUCN Green List, and Peruvian NGOs engaged in conservation and indigenous rights.


We, the indigenous peoples gathered in the workshop Strengthening the Governance of Conserved Territories in the Peruvian Amazon held from October 14 to 17, 2018 in Pachacamac, Lima, Peru, declare that– after extensive deliberations– we have reached the following agreement, commitments and demands:


  1. We commit to maintaining and strengthening the continuity of our system of conserving our territories and forests according to our world view
  2. We commit to strengthening the effective governance of the protected areas that are in our ancestral territories
  3. We commit to developing a map and platform that include our territories and conserved areas
  4. We commit to establishing an alliance among various forms of indigenous territorial governance to share experiences and develop a common mandate and guidelines to strengthen conserved areas


  1. That the State recognize and guarantee our right as indigenous peoples to govern our integral territories
  2. That the State recognize indigenous peoples as legitimate custodians in the management and conservation of our ancestral territories
  3. That the State provide support for indigenous territorial governance since this is the best strategy for the conservation of nature and biological diversity
  4. That the State highlight the indigenous territorial conservation systems as a contribution to the Latin American Protected Areas Congress that will be held in March 2019

We seek strategic alliances that contribute to the implementation and guarantee of indigenous territorial governance in our territories and conserved areas.

Pachacamac, October 18, 2018

Fortalecimiento de la gobernanza de los territorios conservados en la Amazonía peruana

Bajo el auspicio de UICN y el Consorcio TICCA, el taller “Fortaleciendo la gobernanza de los territorios conservados en la Amazonía peruana” se llevó a cabo los días 14 al 19 de octubre de 2018 at the Atinchik albergue, Pachacámac, Lima, Peru. Los objetivos del taller fueron examinar los TICCA – territorios de vida en la región amazónica del Perú y su papel en el sistema nacional de conservación y en el apoyo a mantener medios de vida sostenibles. Participaron 26 representantes de 13 pueblos indígenas (Achuar, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Awajún, Ese Eja, Harakbut, Matsés, Matsigenka, Shipibo-Konibo, Wampís, Yagua, Yánesha y Yine) seleccionados de las principales organizaciones indígenas de la Amazonía peruana como personas activas en la gestión de sus territorios. Otros participantes, durante los dos días finales del taller incluyeron representantes de la agencia peruana responsable para la gestión de las áreas naturales protegidas, SERNANP, expertos (EAGL) de la Lista Verde de la UICN, y ONGs peruanas activas en conservación y derechos indígenas.


Los Pueblos Indígenas reunidos en el taller: FORTALECIENDO LA GOBERNANZA DE LOS TERRITORIOS CONSERVADOS EN LA AMAZONÍA PERUANA reunidos del 14 al 17 de Octubre del 2018 en Pachacamac, Lima, Perú, declaramos:

Luego de deliberar ampliamente alcanzamos los siguientes acuerdos, compromisos y demandas:


1 Los Pueblos indígenas nos comprometemos a mantener y fortalecer la continuidad de nuestro sistema de conservación de los territorios y bosques desde nuestra cosmovisión.

2 Los PPII nos comprometemos a empoderar la gobernanza efectiva de las Áreas Naturales Protegidas que están en nuestros territorios ancestrales.

3 Los PPII nos comprometemos a elaborar un mapa didáctico en una plataforma global dónde aparezcan nuestros territorios y áreas conservadas

4 Establecer una alianza entre las diversas formas de gobernanza territorial indígena para compartir experiencias y elaborar mandatos y directrices comunes para fortalecer las áreas conservadas.


1 Que el Estado nos reconozca y garantice el derecho de los pueblos indígenas a gobernar nuestros territorios integrales

2 Que el Estado nos reconozca a los pueblos indígenas como legítimos protectores en el manejo y conservación de nuestros territorios ancestrales

3 Que el Estado nos brinde apoyo para la gobernanza territorial indígena por ser esta la mejor estrategia para la conservación de la naturaleza y la diversidad biológica

4 Que el estado peruano haga visibles los sistemas de conservación territorial indígena como aporte en el Congreso Latinoamericano de Áreas Naturales Protegidas que se realizará en marzo de 2019.


Pedimos establecer alianzas estratégicas con los Pueblos indígenas que contribuyan a cumplir y garantizar la gobernanza territorial indígena en nuestros territorios y áreas conservadas.

Pachacamac, 18 de Octubre del 2018


Washington D.C. – April Events With Ashish Kothari

Ashish Kothari is visiting the Washington D. C. area in the month of April to talk about his new book, “Alternative Futures – India Unshackled”,  as well as on his evolving thoughts on Eco-Swaraj and Radical Ecological Democracy.
The events are at:
1. Institute For Policy Studies – 11 th April
2. Busboys And Poets Bookstore – 12 th April india-unshackled- book-event- with-busboys-and- poets-book
3. American University – 13 th April eco-swaraj- towards-a- radical-ecological-democracy- with-ashish- kothari-tickets- 44687360097

Dialogue on India’s Future

  • Remarkable, first-ever collection of 35 essays on India’s future, by a diverse set of authors – activists, researchers, media practitioners
  • Brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, ecologically sustainable and economically equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious
  • Essays include both futuristic scenarios and present initiatives that demonstrate the possibility of such futures
  • Organised under four sections – Ecological Futures, Political Futures, Economic Futures and Social-cultural Futures
  • Introductory and concluding essays to tie these diverse visions together
  • An essential read for a wide range of readers including youth, academics, development workers, policy makers, community members, activists and media persons
  • Engaging for everyone who is concerned about the current state of India and the world, and willing to engage critically in the
    collective search for a better future
  • Book your copy before 25 November 2017 and avail special offer of
    15% discount and free shipping in India.
  • Editors: Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy ISBN: 9788193392478 Size – 7.4 X 9.6 inches | No of pages – 704                 Price: INR 995 Available: December, 2017 Enquiries: [email protected]




Cultural Spaces for Sustainable Futures

Organized by:
Pipal Tree/Fireflies in collaboration with Dialogues in Humanity

28-29 November 2017
Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore

The cultural arena is replete with both creative and liberating potentiality as well as regressive and insular parochialism. Culture can unleash positive energies in the context of diversity and pluralism as well as advocate uniformity and rigidity. Often there is a mix of both these tendencies, leading to complex forms that are both regressive and liberating at the same time.

The secular universe has largely been unable to decipher the complexity of culture in India. It has preferred to sidestep cultural issues rather than make sense of them and provide fresh orientations that are enriching at personal, social and ecological levels. Today, we are approaching a post-secular era that is more inclusive in its understanding and sees the significance of religion and culture in steering society towards Sustainable Futures.

The two-day event on 28th and 29th of November will be an occasion for thinkers, writers, journalists, artists, activists and students to understand cultural issues in all their complexity and explore possibilities of dialogue and transformative action in the context of fundamentalism and conflict, as well as examine the role of cultural forces to promote sustainable development and combat climate change.

To register for the Dialogues, please fill out this form by 30 October 2017. Food and lodging, and travel costs of the confirmed participants will be taken care of.
If you have any queries regarding the event please email Oamjie John at [email protected]
With warm regards,
Siddhartha                    Oamjie John

Pipal Tree,
Fireflies Intercultural Centre,
Dinnepalya, Kaggalipura P.O.,
Bangalore – 82 India.
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Announcing the 2018 Fireflies Dialogues [8-11 Feb]

Greetings from Pipal Tree / Fireflies Intercultural Centre in Bangalore, India!

Pipal Tree cordially invites you to participate in the 2018 Fireflies Dialogues, focusing on Dialogue, Reconciliation and Healing. This edition of the Fireflies Dialogues will be held from 8-11 February, 2018

at Fireflies Intercultural Centre in Bangalore, India.

The Fireflies Dialogues happen yearly through Pipal Tree’s Meeting Rivers programme (Bangalore, India) and Dialogues en Humanité (Lyon, France). The Dialogues create opportunities for thinkers, artists, activists, students, journalists, policy makers, bureaucrats, scholars, and more to create change towards sustainability through knowledge-sharing, interaction, and participatory processes.

In this year’s theme, Dialogue, Reconciliation and Healing, we seek to explore the potential of dialogues in bringing about sustainable futures. To learn more about the 2018 topic, please refer to the concept note given below.

As always, we seek to cultivate a diverse group of participants who aim to share and apply the knowledge and inspiration they gain from the Fireflies Dialogues in their personal/professional lives, communities, and beyond to benefit a national and global citizenry.

To register for the Dialogues, please fill out this form by 31 December 2017. As usual, food and lodging will be provided free of cost for this event.

If you know of a person or group of people who would be interested in attending the 2018 Fireflies Dialogues, please share this announcement with them.

If you have any queries regarding the 2018 Fireflies Dialogues, please email us at [email protected].

With warm regards,

For the Organizing Team

Siddhartha and Gopal Krishna

Workshop on Sustainable Livelihoods in the Dry-land Regions

Greetings from Pipal Tree, Bangalore!

Pipal Tree, in collaboration with Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch, is hosting a get-together of farmers from the dry-land regions of India from 18-20 December 2017 at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore. This get-together of farmers is aimed at sharing best innovative and traditional practices in dry-land farming and allied activities, identifying issues and challenges in sustainable livelihoods in dry-land regions, and exploring the role of local self-governance institutions in the promotion of dry-land agriculture, and related livelihood activities.

There are numerous reports on the significant role played by small-scale farmers in ensuring food and nutrition security of the country’s population. Unfortunately this contribution is not sufficiently valued. Small-scale farmers often lead a precarious life due to reasons such as uncertainty of weather, water shortages, poor linkages to resources, insufficient influence in the market, deficient support systems, etc. The situation is all the more critical in the dry-land regions. The dry-land farmers get-together is organized in this context to look at what contributes to Sustainable Livelihoods in the Dry-land Regions. We hope to look at agricultural and related means of sustainable livelihood in the dry-land regions both at household level and community level.

Farmers’ reflections will be complemented by experts and government officials working on related areas.

We request organizations, who can contribute to this process, to nominate three farmer leaders and the coordinator of the farmers programme to participate in this get-together and share knowledge and experiences. Since interactive sessions will be in English, the coordinator should be able to assist his/her group with translations. We would like to encourage participation of women farmers, and hence would request to keep this in mind while filling the registration form. The last date of receiving the registration form is 25th November 2017. A format for presentation by farmers will be shared once the participation is confirmed.

We hope to use this occasion to encourage exchange of seed diversity of dry-land crops, cook traditional meals, and immerse in cultural performances related to the agricultural traditions of the respective regions. Hence the participants are expected to come prepared to contribute to any of these activities. We will be sharing a detailed outline of the get-together to confirmed participants to fill in their contributions.

We will take care of the board and lodging of the participants at Fireflies Intercultural Centre from the evening of the 17thof December to the morning of the 21stof December.

If you have any queries, please feel free to write to us at [email protected] or call us on +91-9538226654.

Warm regards,

Gopal Krishna                          Shabin Paul                             G. Krishna Prasad
Workshop Coordinator               Programme Coordinator           Convenor 
Pipal Tree

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