We are an interdisciplinary platform for 21st century learning
We bring artists, scientists, philosophers, and educators together to tell stories that expand our being and becoming. We create awareness and inspire action towards UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and other 21st century challenges. We are/here for the 21st century inquirer.
we value and promote
continuous learning and growth
multiperspective and mindful inquiry
collaboration, cooperation, and community
connections and interdependence
where we’ve been and where we’re going
The first major event organized by us was ‘The Story of Light’ festival, in 2015 in Goa. It was visited by 15,000 people, young and old. In our next project, ‘The Story of Space’, held in November 2017, we fine tuned our curation and delivered richer learning experiences to a smaller audience of about 5,000. Our next big project is ‘The Story of Mind’, and we’re still synthesizing our learnings to decide the approach and format.
While the format of festivals is our starting point, we would like to expand into establishing residencies (for various communities) and transdisciplinary research programs in the next five years.
So far, we have engaged 200+ artists, designers, researchers, and educators to create learning opportunities for 20,000+ students, educators, families, and adults.
The practical benefits of this work are to raise awareness, build skills, and change perceptions concerning 21st century problems including UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The wider philosophical benefit is to make interdependence visible.
The diagram below broadly illustrates our direction, while the bubble format is intentional to keep the path agile.
WE MAKE INTERDEPENDENCE VISIBLE
Interdependence is an understanding that things don’t exist independently, but they exist interdependently. There can be various degrees of interdependence depending on the system being considered. The idea is common to both Western and Eastern philosophy, and is beautifully illustrated by the sciences—physics, ecology, systems biology, and so forth. We all experience interdependence—we see it clearly in our relationships and the consequences of human interactions with our ecology and environment. Going one layer deeper to understanding it can have far reaching behavioural consequences. It gives us mindful insight into the impact we have on others and our environment, and acts as a guide to our future decisions. By transforming our ways of knowing, learning, valuing and acting together, we have the opportunity to face complex interdependencies. Establishing an interdisciplinary platform for 21st century learning works to this wider benefit by fostering in its interactions multi-perspective thinking, mindful inquiry, comfort to complexity, citizenship, and compassion—all critical for the 21st century.
WHO IS “THE STORY OF”
‘The Story Of’ Foundation began in a house in Goa — as a platform of scientists, artists, designers, philosophers, and educators interested in positive changes in society through informal education. Those relationships and aims continue today.
We are registered under The Societies Registration Act 1860 since November 2014. We have adopted sociocracy as a way of working together to be a flexible, collaborative, and spacious learning platform.
Your support is vital in enabling the Story of Foundation to fulfill its mission to conceive breakthrough projects and experiences.