Making Democracy Real Dialogue 2014

Rebooting Democracy

“What makes democracy real and how do we make it real?” was a fitting opening salvo that one of the ‘dialogue initiators’ used to open and fire up the third edition of the annual dialogue titled Making Democracy Real (MDR). The theme for MDR 2014 is Learning From Democracy’s Journey and in the course of the inauguration, the dialogue initiators reflected on the lessons of the journey so far and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. MDR 2014 is being held at Asia Plateau, the Indian centre for Initiatives of Change (IOFC) from January 10 to 14. Read More >>


The Asia Plateau Internship/Volunteership Programme is looking for internship coordinators. The programme is an integral part of Asia Plateau, the IofC conference centre in India. Programmes run throughout the year for people from various backgrounds, students, teachers, families, industries, army, government etc, mostly from India. Applicants need to be responsible for the whole period of Internship/Volunteership: 1st Term 1 September - 31 January (five months); 2nd Term 1 February - 30 June.

IofC works today. Why won’t it work tomorrow? IofC India invites you for some years to be part of a dedicated IofC global team, some of whom will operate out of Asia Plateau, Panchgani, committed to IofC outreach actions, and others unable to come but who will stay connected with the team based in India because they too want to live and be responsible for IofC for life.

Day Two began with a session titled ‘Leading from the street’, chaired by Mr Rajmohan Gandhi who recognized the importance of the street in people movements throughout world history. The first of the dialogue initiators, Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, spoke about the shortcomings of the recent WTO negotiations in Bali that exposed the problem lying behind the expansion of trade and the lack of political will, to address inequity of opportunity between developed and developing nations. 

Thu, 04/12/2014 - 10:00 - Wed, 10/12/2014 - 17:00

The next International Farmers’ Dialogue will take place in India 4-10 December 2014, hosted by Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh, Agricultural University, Akola and Grampari, Asia Plateau, Panchgani.