Special Sessions

Papers, workshops, symposia and posters are the traditional instruments of a conference. The Special Themes section of the Jiva Conference will explore other ways of presenting and sharing experiences and ideas.

Do you have a folk tale or a story from your region that could be related to work, livelihood or career? We welcome you to present your story at the 'Telling Tales' session.

Perhaps you would like to examine the history of work and the emergence of career in your region. Then do consider the possibility of making a contribution to 'Yesterday, for today and tomorrow' - an exhibition to be mounted at the Jiva conference.

Are you someone who is concerned about the slow demise of traditional occupations, the small trader and the crafts in your area? The session on 'Traditional Occupations in the Modern World' invites you to be a participant.

Has the idea of the Jiva Career caught your attention and would you like to know more? Sign up for the workshop on 'The Jiva approach to career counselling'

'Hunters to Hotels': An exhibition

The past holds the keys to the present and the future. A critical element of the conference is to explore the manner which work has interfaced with development, blending tradition with modernity. Dr. Shanti Pappu is one of the most experienced archaeologists of India. She with her team will mount an exhibition that will take us through the history of work in relation to how humans collected, processed and created food!

This interactive exhibition will include posters, computerized displays, and replicas of antiquities.

How were food resources exploited down the ages?
How have implements used for acquiring and processing food items evolved and changed?
How has the production, processing and consumption of food linked to occupations of the times?

Hunters to hotels will take us on this fascinating journey!

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'Telling Tales': Exploring new techniques for guidance and counselling

An interesting strand in the conference will be the folk tale! You are invited to submit stories from your culture related to work, livelihood and career. Internationally renowned story teller Kamini Ramachandran will interpret these folk tales into the contemporary career guidance context.

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'Traditional Occupations in the Modern World': A seminar

Traditional occupations and craft are often dismissed as being a part of an ancient past, without any relevance to today's world governed as it is by technology and mass production. However, crafts are not mere occupations - they embody a way of living. But neglecting traditional occupations we could in fact discard our roots. Anita Ratnam, a specialist in development studies will conduct this seminar and examine the contemporary relevance of traditional occupations and craft. You are welcome to participate by focusing on a traditional occupation from your region.

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The Jiva Workshop - Pathways into the world of work: The Jiva approach to career counselling and livelihood planning.

The Jiva approach

Jiva is an approach to career counselling and livelihood planning that views career as an extension of life. The method has distilled The Promise Foundation's 15 years of experience and has developed a comprehensive programme that blends culture with contemporary life and quantitative with qualitative approaches to career counselling in an attempt to ensure that career counselling resonates with the felt career development needs of young people. Please click here for more information about the Jiva Project

About the workshop

The Jiva workshop will run through the first and second days of the conference (8th and 9th October). Some of the components of the workshop are:

  • Panel discussion by experts on issues that surround career guidance and livelihood planning in today's context.
  • Presentations on the Jiva Approach with the view to disseminating both skills and the theoretical underpinnings of the model.
  • Paper presentations on the impact of the Jiva approach.
  • Skills training sessions.
  • Responses from participants regarding possibilities for replication in their contexts.
  • Outlining of a 'way forward' document that could be used as a guideline to take the outcomes of the workshop forward.

Workshop execution

Give below is the draft time table for the Jiva workshop providing an indication of the different kinds of inputs being planned.

Draft Time Table for the Jiva Skills Workshop on October 8th

Input 1 Input 2
Presentation of Jiva Approach From Jiva team members
Jiva Skills Workshop
Jiva team members will conduct a skills training session for practitioners.

Draft Time Table for the Jiva 'Way Forward' Workshop on October 9th

Input 3 Input 4 Input 8
Paper presentations:
Persons who have implemented the Jiva programme will present their experiences highlighting issues of impact and areas that require improvement
Open discussion:
Workshop participants reflect on replication of the Jiva approach in other contexts leading to a 'Way forward' document.
Concluding Plenary:
Summary of workshop presented to general body.

Watch this space as the Jiva Team develops this workshop and for information on how you could sign up for this special theme.