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

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…

The Commune: Imaginings of Interdependence

Dear friends, 2020 was unprecedented. We lived through a year that was turbulent to say the least and heartbreaking at the worst. Lives were lost in a reckless and careless fashion; we turned to systems like healthcare that failed us. In this essay as an opening to Crisis Cities Symposium, Thomas J Sugrue professor of social and…

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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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The Curio-city Collective’s Reading Circle explores readings on well-being and transformative change in Indian cities.

Book for January 2021: How to Be a Good Creature: A memoir in thirteen animals by Sy Montgomery. Through this book, Sy explores themes like the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.

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 In the article, ‘Child Well-Being in a Post Pandemic World‘, Divya Badami Rao explores the challenges of maintaining a child’s well-being. She also points to how this time can be used to re-evaluate how to approach the well-being of children in the long term by focusing on redesigning cities that are sustainable, safe and child-friendly.    

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Why Well-being?

Well-being is a concept that is making us re-think the idea of development across the world. It rejects Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the only means of understanding growth and instead nurtures and keeps at the centre the idea of creating spaces and places built in conversation with and for the holistic betterment of its people. Read more.

The Year 2020 has been classified by many as one of the worst years experienced in history – and no doubt, it has been a hard one on most of us. Yet the experience of discomfort can also perversely be a push to re-examine our current lives. In a bid to understand what wisdom the discomforts of 2020 might have handed, with a focus on understanding our individual and collective well-being in Indian cities, we are discussing the experiences of uncertainty and resilience this month.

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one of the worst affected countries due to the pandemic  

Multiple cities

were affected by heavy floods due to cyclones

Community efforts

were the highlight and silver lining of the year

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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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