Whether in a European "Salon", or in an Indian "Adda", the tradition to come together and unpick the issues of the day is an old one. But the reality is that in our modern world, it's not done well enough. There's little reflection or even openness to not have all the answers and the issues are interconnected and messy. This needs to change.
We launched the Adda as a direct response to the sheer levels of noise that the disruption of COVID-19 brought globally. During the last few years we've seen the need to create safe spaces, somewhere to share ideas, critique constructively and to have inclusive conversations about uncomfortable, interconnected and messy topics. Only then can we tackle the challenges that we face, and do it collaboratively.
It's about being part of a conversation, not sitting on the sidelines.
Small so that we can share & learn intimately - this isn't a numbers game, it's about the depth of the experience.
Curious about the things we don't / won't talk about - no question is too big or small and no reflection is wrong or right.
Participatory it only works if we're ready to show up - vulnerabilities, uncertainties and all.
Inclusive of perspectives, experiences, race, identities and lived realities - we're done with binary views and representations.
To be deep & meaningful is about being consciously considered and showing up with conviction which is why all our Addas will be..
If you want to be involved, have a topic you think needs the right space, time and consideration, then get in touch and we'll make it happen!
A SNAP SHOT OF OUR CONVERSATIONS
We're all about creating safe spaces for people to share, listen, challenge and learn so though the conversations are amazing, they're not for public consumption, you have to be part of them to appreciate the magic!
That said, it'd be a shame not to give you a taster, so here is some of the edit of our Founder, Deepa Mirchandani in dialogue with our conversation catalysts.
racial trauma with joshua isaac smith
the economics of neighbourhoods with Sid Sthalekar
deconstructing media bias: calling out the colonial with Meera Dattani
the word on the street...