1 Day Informal UHV Workshop

The 1 day informal workshop on universal human values is to facilitate exploration to understand of basic human aspiration and its fulfilment through human education.

Expected Outcome (Short Term)

1. Clarity and commitment for human education

Methodology (Process)

Proposals about the basic principles of human existence are shared for discussion by the facilitator.

These proposals are for Self-Exploration by the participants. Participants are expected to:
(a) Discuss
(b) Self-verify the proposals on the basis of their own Natural Acceptance
(c) Validate the proposals in Living

Self-Exploration leads to Self-Evolution.

What the 1-Day Informal is NOT -

The Informal is not a course in moral science. It does not tell you DOs and DONTs. It does not tell you what you should become, or what you should do. (It only seeks to connect you with your Self and encourages you to seek answers within self).

Overview of the 1-Day Informal -

The basic human aspiration is continuity of happiness and prosperity. This is facilitated and ensured through human education. At the Informal, we will place proposals about the requirements for human education.

This Informal program is a set of proposals about this basic human reality. These proposals follow the four guidelines, indicated below:

Universal: Whatever is proposed needs to be universally applicable to all human beings and be true at all times and all places. It should not depend on sect, creed, nationality, race, gender, etc.
Rational: The content should be amenable to logical reasoning, not be based on blind beliefs.
Verifiable: The participant should be able to verify the values by checking with one's own experience, and is not asked to believe just because it is stated in the course.
Leading to Harmony: Values have to enable one to live in peace and harmony within oneself as well as with others (human being and rest of nature).

Reading List

1. A Foundation Course in Human Values and Profession Ethics (Text Book and Teacher's Manual), R. R. Gaur, R. Sangal, G. P. Bagaria (2010), Excel Books, New Delhi [ISBN 978-8-174-46781-2] (available at amazon.com).

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1. Economy of Permanence - (a quest for social order based on non-violence), J. C. Kumarappa (2010), Sarva-Seva-Sangh-Prakashan, Varansi.

2. Energy and Equity, Ivan Illich (1974), The Trinity Press, Worcester & Harper Collins, USA.

3. How the Other Half Dies, Sussan George, 1976, Penguin Press. Reprinted 1986, 1991.

4. Limits to Growth, Club of Rome’s Report, Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, William W. Behrens III, 1972, Universe Books.

5. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, David Bornstein (2004), Oxford University Press, USA.

5. Small is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered, E. F. Schumacher, 1973, Blond & Briggs, UK.

7. Slow is Beautiful, Cecile Andrews (http://www.newsociety.com/books/s/slow-is-beautiful).

Our Expectations

The workshop is for one full day (9:00AM to 7:00PM). You may like to motivate people interested to participate actively in the full workshop (in all sessions).


The workshops (including the proposed orientation) are shared as a gift.
Resource persons do not accept any remuneration or honorarium.

Tentative Schedule

The one-day Informal is designed as 5 sessions. The sessions are highly interdependent, so continuity of participation is essential. The topics & timings are indicative.

Timing Session Information
9:00 - 10:30 AM (Tea break) Session 1 Introduction & Sharing
11:00 - 12:30 PM (Lunch Break) Session 2 Basic Human Aspiration & it's Fulfillment Holistic development & role of education]
1:30 - 3:00 PM (Tea Break) Session 3 Understanding Human Family
3:30 - 5:00 PM (Break) Session 4 Understanding Human Society
5:15 – 7:00 PM Session 5 Group Discussion