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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 have launched the Adda as a direct response to the sheer levels of noise that the disruption of COVID-19 has brought globally. 2020 was a year to reflect and 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..


Systems change, systems thinking, systems...confused?

Gemma Drake

Wednesday 3 March, 6-7.30pm GMT

The use of systems theory and language associated with this; system dynamics, systems thinking, systems change, is becoming more and more widely used and advocated for, but what exactly do we mean by this and why are there so many different terms? These terms often come across as lofty and jargony. When is systems thinking an appropriate approach? And can you ever ‘change’ a system?


Let’s dispel the myths on these terms and explore together what they mean in practice, rooted in lived experience. 


We’ll explore:

  • What is a complex system and how do we make sense of it?

  • How do we cultivate a systems thinking mindset?

  • How systems thinking and associated mindsets are the foundations for working with all living and emergent systems. 

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We're planning the rest of our calendar for 2021 right now so 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!


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

deconstructing media bias: calling out the colonial with Meera Dattani

the economics of neighbourhoods with Sid Sthalekar

the word on the street...

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