2014 Towards a Paradigm of Sustainable Development

Date/Time 21 February
07:00 am - 08:00 am MOVEMENT MEDITATION (Facilitated by Prashant Olalekar and Hazel Lobo)
09:00 am - 09:30 am Interplay Prashant Olalekar and Hazel Lobo
09:30 am - 10:00 am Challenges before embarking towards sustainable development. Siddhartha
10:00 am - 11:00 am The future of farming: How can farming and agriculture be sustained? Devinder Sharma
11:30 am - 12:00 noon Mandala ceremony
12:00 noon - 01:00 pm Sustainable practices in development. Kathyayani Chamraj
02:00 pm - 02:45 pm Interplay
02:45 pm - 03:45 pm Christianity and ecologically sustainable alternatives. George Zachariah
04:15 pm - 04:45 pm Group work: What is sustainability all about?
05:15 pm - 06:00 pm Walk around Fireflies
Date/Time 22 February
07:00 am - 08:00 am MOVEMENT MEDITATION (Facilitated by Prashant Olalekar and Hazel Lobo)
09:00 am - 09:30 am Alternatives to transition in France. Ivan Maltcheff
09:30 am - 10:00 am Alternatives from the perspective of Dialogues in humanity Genevieve Ancel
10:00 am - 11:00 am What is sustainability all about? M.P.Parameswaran and Ashwani Vasishth
11:30 am - 12:00 noon Interplay
12:00 noon - 01:00 pm Hinduism and Sustainable Living Swami Jai Chaitanya Dasa
02:00 pm - 02:45 pm Interplay
02:45 pm - 03:45 pm Group work: What is the role of religions, spiritualities and ethics to promote sustainable futures?
04:15 pm - 04:45 pm Do Gandhian notions of sustainability have to be rethought? Jeevan Kumar
04:45 pm - 05:15 pm Self-Development, Inclusion of the Other and Planetary Realizations Ananta Kumar Giri
05:15 pm - 06:00 pm Reflections on sustainability from India, Bangladesh and Lebanon. B.Ramdas, Rokeya Kabir, TS Prasad and Radwa Salah
Date/Time 23 February
07:00 am - 08:00 am MOVEMENT MEDITATION (Facilitated by Prashant Olalekar and Hazel Lobo)
09:00 am - 09:30 am Interplay
09:30 am - 10:00 am Food security in Africa. Trish Glazebrook
10:00 am - 11:00 am The millet campaign. Ananda Siddhartha
11:00 am - 11:30 am Islam and ecologically sustainable alternatives. Irfan Engineer
12:00 noon - 01:00 pm Group work: What can we do to foster sustainable alternatives
02:00 pm - 02:45 pm Interplay
02:45 pm - 03:45 pm Plenary for group presentations
03:45 pm - 04:15 pm Conclusion, feedback, and Interplay
04:45 pm - 05:15 pm Tea and departure




Ananda Siddhartha

Trustee and Programme Coordinator at Pipal Tree

Ananta Kumar Giri

Author; Associate Professor of Sociology at Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India.

Ashwani Vasishth

Associate Professor in Environmental Studies and Director of the Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College, New Jersey.

B. Ramdas

Co-founder of the Vidyodaya school, a learning centre for the tribal children, Gudalur, Tamilnadu.

Devinder Sharma

A distinguished food and trade policy analyst. An award-winning Indian journalist, writer, thinker and researcher 

Genevieve Ancel

Co-founder, Dialogue en humanite, Lyon, France; active in the worldwide Dialogue and humanite movement;

George Zachariah

Teaching faculty in the department of Theology and Ethics at the United Theological College, Bangalore. Involved in areas related to Theology, Climate Change and Environmental Ethics.

Hazel Lobo

Interplay facilitator; A practicing counsellor and psychotherapist; Works with marginalised groups like the indigenous people, abused women, women in sex work and differently abled.

Irfan Engineer

Author; Director of Institute of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Mumbai.

Ivan Maltcheff

Works at Impulse as an HRD and coach in change management.

Jeevan Kumar

Author; Campaigner; Teacher of Political Science and Gandhian Studies and Director of the Centre for Gandhian Studies at Bangalore University.

Kathyayini Chamraj

Freelance Journalist; Executive Trustee of Civic Bangalore (Citizens Voluntary Initiative for the City)

M.P. Parameswaran

Writer; People’s Science Activist with the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP); Vice-Chair of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS); Chair of the Total Health and Sanitation Mission, Kerala

Michel Granger

Well known artist from France; a pioneer in painting environmental subjects/issues; His works include drawings, paintings, logos, sculptures, posters, etc. He has focused his work on the theme ‘Earth’ since 1970.

Prashant Olalekar

Founder of Interplay India, a creative spiritual leader; Director of Pasayadaan Holistic Spirituality Centre, Vasai-India

Radwa Salah

Programme Coordinator at Arab Group for Dialogue and Forum for Development, Lebanon.

Rokeya Kabir

Founder and Executive Director of Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS); a frontline women and human rights activist in Bangladesh.


Author; Founder and Director of Pipal Tree and Fireflies Intercultural Centre; Concerned with cultural and environmental issues.

Swami Jai Chaitanya Das

Manager of the ISKCON (a religious movement) biodynamic farm, Mysore.

Trish Glazebrook

A philosopher and climate justice advocate; Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas (USA).

TS Prasad

Founding member of Jannagraha and Public Affairs Foundation, concerned with social accountability and good governance.