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S02E04: In her voice
S02E04: In her voice

In conversation with Swarnlata Mahilkar, Girl Fellow, EMpower and Shireen Ansari, researcher, COVID In her voice Or listen here: Transcript: Saniya’s rap: ‘Aao yahan bataoon mein, kaisa mehsoos karti hoon.Duniya mein andhera ho, aisa mehsus karti hoonYeh bheed bhaad yeh chahal pehel Kuch nahin ab bhaata hai, Na rozaana se yaari haiNa koi milne aata…

S02E03: Reframing adolescent mental health
S02E03: Reframing adolescent mental health

In Episode 3, we speak to Dr. Praveetha Patalay, Professor at University College London, who studies adolescent mental health and well being. In our conversation she explains the importance of understanding adolescent mental health in greater depth, the pivotal role it plays in defining our health through our lifetime and the impact the pandemic has had on children.


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The Urban Dilemma
The Urban Dilemma

To put it simply, Indian cities are in trouble. By 2030, India is expected to have 590 million people living in cities. 68 cities will have a population of 1 million plus. The implications of such rapid urbanisation are unprecedented. Clubbed with the changes wrought by multiple crises, cities in India are already showing signs…

Understanding Transformative Change
Understanding Transformative Change

What is Transformative Change? The term ‘transformative change’ is being increasingly used by the development community to highlight the nature of change required in the face of stacking odds. But what is transformative change? Prof. Kai Chan, Coordinating Lead Author for The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment defines it…

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Is it possible to create Indian cities that put our holistic well-being at the heart of their imagination?

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Reading Circle

The Curio-city Collective’s Reading Circle explores readings on well-being and transformative change. Our book for September 2022 is ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Through this classic children’s novel, we explore children’s voice and well being. Join RC here.

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In Work in Times of the Pandemic, Arpita Joshi examines the impact of the pandemic on work, time and leisure and how professionals working in different sectors and cities of India are choosing paths that challenge the norm of long work weeks and gruelling schedules to imagine a life of new possibilities. 

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Why Well-being?

A well-being framework is increasingly being recognised as the new way of mapping and understanding long-term holistic and collective well-being of human societies. It shifts out of the narrow confines of economic growth and expansively lays out how improvements in multiple variables from various spheres such as the economic, social, environmental, democratic, civic and personal, independently and collectively interact to make a happier and healthier society. Read more.

Well-Being stats


of the world’s 30 cities with the worst air pollution are in India

Only a quarter

of the total 1.43 lakh MT of garbage generated in Indian cities, undergoes processing every day

The 7th worst-hit country

in 2019 as per the Global Climate Risk Index 2021, was India

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The Curio-city Collective (TCC) is a learning ecosystem that hopes to build a path to present and future holistic well-being in cities by re-connecting people, communities and ecosystems through practices of reflection, education and action.

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