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MANISH JAIN

Mensch-In-Residence 

Manish has spent the last 20 years focused on re-wiring people’s brains and hearts, starting with his own. This process of “unlearning” has focused on questioning some of the most sacred and pernicious myths of the international liberal order. This of course frequently lands Manish in hot water- a place he is most comfortable. 

Manish has spent the past 19 years as Coordinator of Shikshantar: The Peoples' Institute for Rethinking Education and Development working with grassroots leaders, young people and local communities. He is also the founder of Swaraj University and the Ecoversities Network. He has edited several books on Vimukt Shiksha (liberating learning) on themes such as learning societies, unlearning, gift culture, community media, and tools for hosting deep dialogue. 

Before co-founding Shikshantar, Manish spent two years serving as a principal architect of the UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers transnational initiative. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant in several countries in the areas of educational planning, policy analysis, research, program design, and media/technology with UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank, USAID, the Academy for Educational Development, Education Development Center, and the Harvard Institute for International Development.
 
Manish has been trying to unlearn his Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics, International Development and Political Philosophy from Brown University. He lives with his wife Vidhi and their daughter Kanku. Manish is passionate about urban organic farming, filmmaking, simulation gaming, bicycling, group facilitation and slow food cooking.