It was one of the best workshops I ever attended. The talks, discussions, interactions, and films shown have posed a very positive impact on my life. Every day, I go home full of knowledge and tell it to my parents and friends. These kinds of workshops are a must and an effective change maker in today’s fast paced high modern techno world. Thank you so much for all the beautiful moments and of course the organic food.
~ Stanzin Jidey Zangmo – participant at the Mindful Futures Workshop ~
This summer, Local Futures has held three multi-day workshops in Leh, in collaboration with local partner organizations. We continue holding our daily film screenings of Ancient Futures and The Economics of Happiness at the Women’s Alliance in Leh from July through September, as well as doing research on Ladakh’s waste management systems, and making a presentation of our findings to the local government in August.
- Five-day workshop. July 17 – 21 (this event has passed): was organized for Operation Groundswell participants plus a two nights’ homestay/farmwork in the village of Hemis Shukpachan during the week of July 23. This workshop provided an overview of what’s wrong with the global economy and how localization can solve our present crises, plus a day focused on Ladakh’s history and contemporary socio-environmental challenges, and a day focused on the waste crisis – including a field trip to the local dump, and a paper recycling unit. There were Ladakhi guest speakers, presentations, exercises and games, film screenings, and a nature walk and talk guided by Tsewang Namgail from Snow Leopard Conservancy.
- Mindful Futures: Creating a Compassionate Economy. July 25-28 (this event has passed). This workshop, geared towards young Ladakhis, focused on relating traditional wisdom (especially from the Buddhist tradition) to the challenges facing Ladakh today, and envisioning alternative paths forward. Speakers included: Tsewang Dolma and Tsewang Namgail from Snow Leopard Conservancy talking about Buddhism and the environment; Stanzin Gya screening and discussing his film Jungwa, about climate change in Ladakh; Skarma Gyurmet talking on sustainable local economies in both Japan and Ladakh; Keibo Oiwa, founder of the Sloth Club, Japan’s leading ‘Slow Life’ environmental group; Katie Conlon presenting on ‘the dharma and waste’; and Local Futures’ Ladakh coordinator Alex Jensen discussing the corrosive social and psychological effects of materialism and wealth.
There were evening film screenings, participatory activities and games, and a field trip to a nearby village led by Rigyal Rinpoche – a student of Chetsang Rinpoche, head of the ‘Go Green Go Organic‘ movement. This workshop was organized in collaboration with Flowering Dharma and Juley Ladakh.
Read also about our 2017 Mindful Futures workshop.
Two days back I had no idea what media literacy or film making was. But now I feel more confident and I also learnt many things that were beyond my imagination like about the smartphone producers, the internet, advertisement and things that I would have never learnt from school and other sources. My experience was more than I expected. I feel so fortunate to be here and learn new things.
~ participant in the Media Literacy Workshop ~
- Media literacy workshop and filmmaking intensive. August 9-13 (this event has passed). During this week Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO) and Local Futures, supported by a grant from Davis Projects for Peace, have jointly organised a Media Literacy and Film-making workshop at LAMO’s centre in Old Town, Leh, for a group of around 25 participants (ranging from 14-20 yrs old), with the majority coming from 5 high schools in Leh and Stok. This workshop was set up for young Ladakhis looking to more critically navigate Ladakh’s rapidly changing media landscape.
As use of media devices and consumption of various media increases in Ladakh, media literacy a understanding media messaging and impacts is becoming more and more important. Over the course of this week, we have conducted numerous presentations, participatory activities, film screenings and discussions about media literacy, advertising, corporate control of media, and the psychological, social, and environmental effects of media and screen culture.
Special guest speakers have shared their expertise in media ethics, creating media for positive social change, awareness about junk food advertising, gender and media, and more. Experienced film-makers have also taught basic story writing, filming, and editing skills. Participants have had the opportunity to work in groups to create short films about their own experiences of media in Ladakh. We thank Aly Sams and the Davis Projects for Peace for making this workshop possible.