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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…

S02E10: On Looking
S02E10: On Looking

In conversation with Aslam Saiyad Or listen to it here: Transcript: Deepika: Have you seen that Instagram trend where you take a screenshot of a video of many words that change every second, and the one that you take a photo of indicates what you need to see/invite into your life? Arpita: Yes! It’s quite…

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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 May & June 2023 is ‘The Myth of Normal’ by Gabor and Daniel Mate. Join RC here.

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In ‘A Rendezvous With Birds’, Arpita Joshi writes why it’s important to protect and help birds thrive within cities as she speaks with Deepa Mohan an urban nature guide and describes the joys of city birding. In Befriending Trees, Srinidhi Raghavan and Arpita Joshi write about the nature of green cover in Hyderabad and report on the conversation with Sadhana Ramchander and Kobita Dass Kolli, the curators of the Hyderabad Tree Enthusiasts group.

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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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About Us

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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