• Tasawwur Facilitator Aditi Rao reflects on yesterday's rehearsal: The day's exercise is simple enough: once the group has arrived at a quiet, focused energy through a series of theater exercises, I lead them through a guided tour down memory lane -- lots of open-ended questions about the different journeys that have led each of us to this moment in this room (eyes closed, soft music, you know that kind of space). After ten minutes or so of memories and inwardness, another ten minutes to write, draw, or just sit in silence -- however each person best processes what they are feeling. And then, the simple prompt: Each person has 4-8 minutes to tell the group the story of their life,

    Dec 28,
    - by tasawwur
  • Our group made a wonderful jump, emotionally and artistically, in today's session on gender. And it all began with a beautiful sunny day and lots of colourful balloons!  

    Dec 13,
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  • Tasawwur founder Aditi Rao is currently in Nepal helping to facilitate CONTACT South Asia, a conflict-transformation and peacebuilding training program for professionals from across South Asia. Here's her update after a session profiling Tasawwur as a peacebuilding intervention in Delhi: "Had such a fantastic time sharing the peace pedagogy of Tasawwur at CONTACT South Asia. Bringing together these two initiatives so close to my heart has got to be one of the most fulfilling professional moments of the year. So much gratitude. Also, a participant from Kabul wants to bring Tasawwur to Afghan teenagers. He's confident he can raise the funds and wants support on the hows of the intergroup artistic work we do. A Pakistan colleague is trying to

    Dec 10,
    - by tasawwur
  • Last Sunday, one of the alums called: They had decided to show up at rehearsal and were just calling to let us know. We were moved by the way they own the space and told them they were welcome. We later got this email from Muskan Sethi about returning to Tasawwur. And it made us tear up, reminding us why we do what we do. "The blindfolds might deceive you, But for us, they're everything. For you, the noises might be too loud, But for us, even the silences sing. Coming back to tasawwur was like stepping into a completely different world, a world very different from the one I live in, and a world I miss as much as

    Nov 30,
    - by tasawwur
  • As people around the world mourn the loss of so many lives to violent extremism, in Paris, in Beirut, in Baghdad, and in so many other places, this talkĀ helps locate this violence in larger realities of young people's dreams and the power of empathetic social networks. As Scott Atran offered world leaders advice on how to counter cultures like the ISIS, we were moved by the overall recommendation "let youth engage other youth in making sense of the issues on their plate. Find concrete ways to empower them rather than to control them." The recognition of the power of empathetic peer networks, towards any end violent or nonviolent. resonates deeply with us, as does the focus on helping young people

    Nov 14,
    - by tasawwur
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