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S02E02: Unpacking Gig Work
S02E02: Unpacking Gig Work

In our second episode of Season 2, Sowmiya Ashok, a journalist and one of the fellows of the 2020-21 China-India Visiting Scholars Fellowship at Ashoka University, talks about the gig economy, the rights of gig workers, what changed through the period of the pandemic and where each of us can fit in as those who access key services provided by gig workers.

S02E01: Rethinking Work in the City
S02E01: Rethinking Work in the City

Our S02E01 is out! In Rethinking Work In The City, four professionals working in different sectors and cities of India reflect on what the pandemic brought up for them in relation to their work lives--how and why they have chosen to do things differently and what it portends for the future in the role work plays in the larger tapestry of life.

Work in the Time of the Pandemic
Work in the Time 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.

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…

The Commune: Reclaiming Home
The Commune: Reclaiming Home

Dear Friends, In the early days of my first job with a Bangalore based NGO that worked on urban ecology and development issues, I remember asking the founder why he chose to do the work he did. It was a small organisation with limited resources. Often each of us, its few employees working on small…

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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 August 2022 is ‘There us no such thing as an easy job’ by Kikuko Tsumura. In this strange, compelling, darkly funny tale is one woman’s search for meaning in the modern workplace. 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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