Parmesh Shahani is the founder of the award winning Godrej India Culture Lab, which sparks conversations and collaborations about the...
Other Worlds Are Possible: re-imagining through "cultural acupuncture”
When you want to change the way people and communities think and act, what do you do? While brainwashing or the use of force seems to be the preferred way across the world today, we’d like to celebrate those efforts that offer alternative possibilities to people, believing in our potential to choose that which is for ‘the good of all’.
Parmesh Shahani, located within the Godrej corporate system, has been conducting what he refers to as ‘cultural acupuncture’ (drawing from the Harry Potter Alliance’s use of the term) with the overall aim of creating a more inclusive India. Through the work of the Godrej India Culture Lab, he asks what it means to be modern and Indian, and invites people into the discourse. Through his writing and LGBTQ activism, he inspires Godrej as well as other Indian corporations to be LGBTQ inclusive.
We are delighted to invite Parmesh Shahani - queer author, culture curator, fashion diva - to Mumbai Local, to connect the dots between his two very public experiments: the Godrej India Culture Lab and his LGBTQ activism. He will talk about what it means to be working from within a corporate space, how jugaad – extreme resourcefulness – is key to reframing paradigms and empowering new ways of seeing and being, and why he believes in having a ton of fun while doing all this.
So as Parmesh says himself, he’s here, he’s queer, and you really don’t want to miss his fabulous Mumbai Local talk – so be there on Sunday!
Session curated by Sameera Iyengar
RSVP for this sessions opens on Monday, 6th January, 2020
Parmesh Shahani is the founder of the award winning Godrej India Culture Lab, which sparks conversations and collaborations about the changing face of contemporary India. Parmesh is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India and has guided many of the country’s leading companies on their inclusion journeys. His first book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications) was released in 2008, and the upcoming Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in Corporate India (Westland Books) will be released in mid 2020. Parmesh holds an MS in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. He is a TED Senior Fellow and in the past has been a Yale World Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He lives in Vikhroli, the coolest part of Mumbai by far.
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