We provide a stage for experts in their fields to address burning issues in a way that lay people can comprehend, process and understand. We believe that an informed citizen is an empowered citizen; an essential ingredient of a functioning democracy.
In the nearly six years of operations, we have hosted over 600 talks, presentations and performances covering the principal issues of -
- The Environment & Sustainability
- The Law & Rights
- Art & Culture
We have heard the urgently prophetic words of environmental activists and experts in agriculture, geology, coastal management and environment laws, warning us of imminent and evident dangers to our way of life, and proposing social action to mitigate the effects around us.
We have had photographers, painters, film makers, fiction and non-fiction writers, graphic novelists, musicians, memers, block chainers, 'AI' artists and theater professionals present/ perform their art and articulate their motivations, processes and experiences.
And receive feedback directly from our audience.
Questions, dialogue, debate and discussion have been integral elements of each of these events, many of them spilling over into follow up community and social actions at the state, and at times, national level. Thus. has been a platform for the articulation of citizens' issues and has also actively encouraged the interaction of Government functionaries with citizens - hosting the Chief Conservator of forests, Goa and the IGP of Goa for informal discussions.
We collaborate with establishments like the Reis Magos Fort, Gallery Gitanjali, Dogears Bookstore, Oddjoint Productions, Carpe Diem, and Sadhna Del Art to program talks, screenings, performances, and events across the state of Goa.
Almost all these events have been ticket-free and open to all who have walked in. That is how we would like to keep it, even as we have been compelled to move operations online since the Pandemic began. This move has triggered new challenges as well as opportunities - having found ourselves conducting events where the speakers, as well as the audiences, could be located anywhere in the country (or the world, for that matter), ‘live’ at the scheduled time. We now also have the option of watching the video of the event anytime after, on our Youtube channel archive.
We have kept our operational costs low over the last six years, with volunteer personnel, donations from generous individuals, and modest food & beverage sales at events keeping us chugging along.
However, monthly operational costs of hosting online events - the time, effort, and infrastructure required for programming, co-ordinating, preparing, and producing four events a month (with post-production for archiving) are not being met by the limited contributions from attendees.
INR 12,500/- per program x 4 programs
Per month = INR 50,000/-
Per year = INR 6,00,000/-
Listen. Analyse. Be Polite.