The second episode in the Planet Local Voices series features Manish Jain.
A leading advocate for un-learning, de-schooling, and deepening place-based knowledge systems, Manish discusses why and how to rethink conventional education and conventional economic development. He points to a growing movement of ‘walk-outs’ and ‘drop-outs’ as a great reason for hope, as well as highlighting a rich tapestry of living cultures and knowledge systems that still exists around the world, despite the onslaught of globalization. Having ‘unlearnt’ the worldview imparted by an education at Harvard, and having ‘walked out’ from a job as an investment banker, Manish lands a heavy critique of the economic growth-for-the-rich, highlighting the importance of localization for rebuilding trust, and rediscovering real wealth and meaningful work.
Based in Udaipur, India, Manish Jain has served as the coordinator of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development. He co-founded the Swaraj University, a unique institution which is dedicated to the regeneration of local culture, local economy and ecology. Through a myriad of other projects, he has done groundbreaking work with children, rural communities and prisoners.
To watch the video of this series, visit: Planet Local Voices interview series
The music for this series is ‘Pines and Violet’, by Sky Toes.