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Ms. Nirmala Nair

Ms. Nirmala Nair
Founder, School of Practical Sustainability, Cape Town

To be able to sustain oneself well one needs to be deeply in love with life, it is that love that leads to explore deeper questions. Especially when the world of matter stifles the well-being, muffles the inner voice and forces one to succumb to live life as a sheep. The wild woman wanderer self in me have escaped the fate of being a sheep (at a vast price) I was fortunate not being in a formal school for the first 12 years of my life. Subsequent degrees I may have obtained, in retrospect was all a waste of my time. I have navigated from many shades of development and change work. For the last 20 years the focus is on local adaptation - I use the word adaptation not exactly in the linear climate Science dictionary sense. Talk to me if you want to know the difference.

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Programme Offered

The course provides an orientation and introduction to the Green Economy in the Indian context.  It borrows a lot from the works and existing models of traditional institutional knowledge and practices, the Gandhian Economist JC Kumarappa and also from currently prevalent diverse Indian organizational practices. Designed and offered as a stand-alone hybrid programme consisting of 8 online interactive sessions and an optional weeklong bootcamp.

This course was initially designed and offered  in the international township of Auroville The course was offered at the Bhoomi College between Sept - Nov 2023 and a year-end retreat for the participants happened during Dec 2023-Jan2024. 

Currently the course is being offered as an online programme Feb - Mar 2024 followed by an in-person bootcamp.  



Critical Perspective on Green Economy:  This course is designed to explore Green Economy (GE) from a critical perspective. The course is structured as short classes thoughtfully put together drawing insights from a wide-ranging field, as well as synthesizing some of the complicated information for easy grasp without being a technical expert.