Towards Inclusive Collectives, Communities and Cultures
“The birds that herald dreams Were exiled from their song, Give some tree the gift of
green again. Let one bird sing.”
—Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Formally registered in 1976, over the past four decades of its existence SIEDS (Society for Informal Education and Development Studies) has been a unique experiment in collective politics and functioning. Over the decades the core concerns of SIEDS have evolved around human dignity and rights; social harmony and peace; transformative and constitutional justice, decentralised democracies and inclusive development.
While responding to multiple issues related to gender, class, caste, religion, environment, local self-governance and basic entitlements for the rural and urban poor, the attempt has been to weave together responsive activism with reflective analysis and a critical aesthetics.
The search has been for processes of change that while rooting themselves in specific cultures and communities draw from more universal notions of justice, peace and human creativity.
“Before this night is over and before the new dawn rises Maybe we can sit here in the shade and talk Not afraid to question
the dent in the dream or the words missing from the story”
Plurality, diversity and democracy have been the cornerstones around which SIEDS has evolved both
its programmatic priorities and institutional culture.
A Collective History
People’s Rights Committee
A forum for civil liberties and human rights
An environment forum
People for Peace
A documentary filmmakers initiative
A workers cooperative
Forum for women’s rights
Asian Women’s Human Rights Council
A feminist book shop
Bangalore Film Society
A space for critical thinking and reflection outside academia
An artist’s village in the making
A shelter for women in distress
A film quarterly
Kutty Japanin Kuzhadaigal
A film on child labour in Sivakasi
Voices from the Waters
International Film Festival on Water
A phototypesetting unit
Centre for Vernacular Architecture
The Hakki Pikki and Iruliga Tribal Society