Roots Unconference

How can I explore, express and nurture creative energies within a group, while tackling complex issues?

Program Vision

Our experiences at UoC have taught us that creativity thrives in spaces that allow for peer learning, collaboration and diversity of perspectives. We also strongly believe that Creative Leadership, with a social consciousness, is the need of the hour to bridge the gap between young talent and India’s social leadership needs.
The idea behind the Roots Unconference is in fact to introduce tools, techniques and practices that allow participants to collaborate and build dialogue around topics that really matter to them.

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Program Methods

The Circle Way

The circle is the basic form underlining all other forms of participatory process.  In every type of organization or group, we meet in circles to plan for the future, handle crisis, and listen to each other. It helps the process if participants can “check in” at the beginning about why they are participating, and “check out” at the end by reflect on what we’ve accomplished. Meeting in circle can be especially helpful when getting to know each other and the issue at hand, or as a means for deep reflection or consensus making. Learn more…

Open Space Technology

When we want to harness the power of a group – especially a diverse one with many interests and skills – to meet a present challenge, Open Space Technology is the method we choose. Over the course of the meeting, people are free to choose which session(s) they most want to attend, bringing maximum enthusiasm and commitment for conversation and action.  Personal buy-in and committed action can be achieved in a remarkably short time. Learn more…

Appreciative Enquiry

Instead of taking a problem-solving approach, Appreciative Inquiry offers a possibility focus, a move from “what is” to “what could be”. Based on a powerful, affirmative question, people interview each other to uncover experiences that resemble what we want to create. Such experiences hold the keys to how we might bring about the future we’re visioning. Appreciative Inquiry can be used to tap into the latent capabilities of the group to create the success they’re seeking. Learn more…

The Roots Unconference is always evolving. We are constantly working towards bringing in complementary methods that further enhance the ability of participants to be creative and collaborative.


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Program Outcomes

Action oriented youth
Comfortable to face ambiguity and chaos
Empathetic to collaborate and co-create with others