'Unlearning-by-Doing' is a play on the classic formulation 'Learning-by-doing' by American pedagogue, John Dewey. Dewey emphasised the role of relevant and practical learning as opposed to passive classroom learning. Unlearning, starts with the central thesis that an individual in a modern nation-state, before they attain the faculties to assess and respond to one's location in … Continue reading What is ‘Unlearning-by-Doing’?
I was in Bali earlier this year. Lush green with rain throughout the year, lakes, rivers and waterfalls, mostly friendly people, excellent sea food, tropical fruits, not entirely urban but not really rural either. There is a huge influx of tourists every year. In fact, if you have been to Bali or at least heard … Continue reading A Week in Bali
If you follow me on twitter, you would have noticed that I tweet quite a bit on 'Aadhaar'. I have also written on Aadhaar for the citizen journalist platform, Global Voices. Aadhaar is leaking the personal data of millions of Indian citizens, no one accountable and you cannot do anything about your leaked data https://globalvoices.org/2017/05/02/the-worlds-largest-biometric-database-is-leaking-indian-citizens-data-but-keeps-on-growing/ … Continue reading Aadhaar 101
What does it mean to be professional, as an employee? Doing something you are told, on time, of your own initiative without being a nuisance while being open-minded enough to give suggestions when you think the work that was assigned to you had some issues? Another aspect was to learn to "market" or "brand" yourself … Continue reading Professionalism and Careers: What They Don’t Tell You
I have stopped arguing with people online, especially with those who say things which you would not have engaged with in the real world. But recently, I had a conversation with a friend over the social media progressives and rightwing rebuttal through the means of satire. A stream of thoughts followed and I am copying … Continue reading On Social Media ‘Debates’, Intellectualism and the Cyber-Left (Rant-ish)
The following are notes from a workshop on 'Mandatory Disclosures and building a Janata Information System' organised by Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS) on 21st and 22nd April, 2017 at Population Foundation of India (PFI), New Delhi. Nikhil Dey of MKSS explained the idea behind a group of people from several organisations in Rajasthan coming … Continue reading From a Management Information System (MIS) to a Janata Information System (JIS): Suggestions for a People-centric Pro-active Information Disclosure Mechanism
The Prize by Irving Wallace My rating: 3 of 5 stars First of all, 1700 pages is too long for a work of fiction. What prompted me to read 'The Prize' was a work of non-fiction by Irving Wallace called 'The Writing of One Novel' (you can read the review here) in which he described … Continue reading ‘The Prize’ by Irving Wallace: A Review