Sunday, January 29, 2017

Workshop interventions...Celebrating five fruitful years


On Feb 5, 2017, I will be completing five years of workshop intervention programs aimed at facilitating different target groups - individuals, institutions and organizations - to move up the value chain in respective spheres. These workshops continue to be free of cost and will remain so, despite the repeated plea from some stakeholders to make them fee-based. I appreciate their view point, that anything free, more so in the fertile space of education, is undervalued by default, which also implies that anything offered for a fee is upheld by design.



Having said that, the whole charm of my workshops is their 'free for all' tag which helps me escape the burden of obligation - and yet ensures measurable value for the target audience provided they come with an open mind, free of the baggage of pre-conceived notions and prescriptive expectations.

Over the span of five years, I have conducted these freewheeling sessions across different geographies - whether pan India, US, UK, Central Asia or Africa - from the scenic town called Horley near London to a sleepy village called Nakuru in Nairobi, from the Mount prospect locality near downtown Chicago to the central business district of Almaty, Kazakhstan, from the pious landmark of Rishikesh to the tribal pockets of Meghalaya, and from the Haddo market area of Port Blair to the awesome terrain of Alangar in Karnataka - for diverse target groups - whether MNCs or SMEs, PSUs or NGOs, kids or housewives, salaried or self employed, contractors or workers, children of plush societies or urchins from slum pockets...



Some of the popular workshops and modules:


Poetry of Mathematics and the science of languages


From Classroom to Workplace: managing the academia-industry transition

Learning beyond the confines of Arts, Science and Commerce

Learning through Music, Literature, Films & Theatre

Probing the Child's mind: No child's play

Decoding gender sensitivity, financial literacy, career planning and life & language skills

Moving from intent to content: Actionable tips on ‘Fit for purpose’ writing

Why get better at communication?

o A brief on communication challenges of the ‘playground’ called Workplace

o What is Fit for Purpose writing and how it helps?

Cutting across cultures: Camaraderie beyond comfort zones

• The Pivotal Role of Language, History and philosophy in cross-culture communication
• Edward Hall’s concept of low-context and high-context communication
• Persuasion and assertion in a multi-cultural scenario – I, we and us.
• Managing a global team: Consensus stems from cultural relativity
• How to become a culture catalyst – going beyond acceptance and tolerance
• Interactive discussion on interesting specifics of cultural contexts – American, European, Asian