Samriddhi Colloquium 2018 ‘Economic Growth and Wealth Creation’

Samriddhi Colloquium – Economic Growth and Wealth Creation

The colloquium will see 16-20 participants who understand and believe in the role of reading/learning and active dialogues in shaping societies, spend two days discussing selected classical liberal texts with an experienced and knowledgeable moderator. The event will encourage exploration of ideas through informal, yet serious, discussion among a small group of individuals from a range of disciplines and expertise. Participants will be shared a list of articles around the theme which they will have to have mandatorily read before the program.

Why are we doing this?

As most of you are aware of, Samriddhi Foundation’s beginnings are rooted in the political and economic context of its time of inception. The second People’s Movement in April 2006 marked a major political transformation for Nepal – paving way for the writing of a new constitution, and an overall expansion of political freedom and civil liberties.

However, the country’s political movements have also grown out of the expectation of deliverance of economic prosperity, ending the country’s long and constant struggle with poverty. The founders were inspired to act by the realization that if democracy did not deliver tangible positive outcomes in people’s daily lives, another conflict was imminent.

We believe that economic freedom, just as much as (if not more than) the political and civil liberties will greatly determine the delivery of such economic benefits.

These three forms of freedoms will together make Nepal a free society in true sense. We equally believe that such a free society also requires a dialogue among active minds freely engaged in pondering the ideas that have shaped human civilization in general and the free society in particular. The purpose neither has to be to convey a doctrine nor to reach a consensus. Yet, for Nepal, such dialogues could help shape the future courses of action for bringing its new affair with prosperity into fruition.

What will we be discussing?

As we speak of economic freedom and achieving the goal of economic prosperity, we believe an apt theme, for now, could be Economic Growth and Wealth Creation, (possibly) further sub-divided into multiple sub-themes.

The essence of such a conference lies in the civil discourse that is cultivated in an atmosphere of learned fellowship shared among colleagues.

What is in it for a participant?
– A participant will have an access to works of a wide array of  classical liberal thinkers
– S/he will have a platform to learn about alternative ideas to common development narratives
– S/he will have a platform for intellectual engagements
– S/he will gain an access to a network of intellectual minds across Nepal
– S/he will be equipped with ideas to contribute to contemporary policy discourses through an alternative lens
– S/he will gain an access to other events of Samriddhi Foundation

What should a participant expect?
– A reading list that will consist of around 30 readers (from short essays, journal articles to chapters from classical liberal texts) that participants will have to have read prior to the colloquium
– An informal, yet serious, engaging, deliberative, and thought-provoking sessions on the ideas expressed on the readers

When: September 14-16, 2018

Where: Nagarkot.

Application deadline: July 20, 2018 (Friday). Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until this date.

Cost: Free of Cost + Travel to the event. Organisers will cover shared lodging and meals plus all training materials.

Please fill up this application form and send in a professional resumé to complete your application.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until 20th of July 2018. Selected applicants will be notified via email on the 24th of July, 2018. Feel free to contact akash@samriddhi.org in case of any questions.

Best,
Samriddhi Foundation Team