Society

Society track of The Goa Project 2016

A society is a group of people involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Societies are characterised by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent members. In the social sciences, a larger society often evinces stratification or dominance patterns in subgroups

  • Social Media and Technology: How are these two affecting societal situations today, and how are we leveraging them to stimulate change in untapped areas.

  • Stories of Social impact: The rising tide of social entrepreneurship. Social impact projects at scale and at the grassroots.

  • Patterns of relationships between subgroups of society: How cultural expectations affect our approach to politics, civil sense, and how we go about daily life.

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The Goa Project Funnel The Goa Project is an unconference - where unlike a typical conference, the talks are not put together by a panel or knowledge partner - but is proposed by the attendees themselves. You propose a session or talk that might be of interest to the audience at the unconference, a… more

Shriti Munshi

@shritimunshi

Trivialization of mental illness in social media and alienation of survivors in peer groups

Submitted Jan 15, 2016

  1. Understanding how trivialization of mental illness is limiting space for survivors to seek help
  2. Ubiquity of awareness posts on social media turning illness into vogue
  3. Drawing the line between empathizing with survivors and redefining their experiences
  4. What is the alternative?

Outline

A day doesn’t go by when you don’t see a quote, post or an article on depression or anxiety. They all make sense, to an extent, more to some than others. It’s common sense that your degree of understanding of a mental illness would differ from the person standing next to you, though this knowledge is getting constantly diminished by the half-baked understanding of these issues, that goes around as one-liners. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and it truly is, if and when a person wanting to be heard, cannot share their story because theirs doesn’t fit the popular description.

Speaker bio

Working with tribal communities in rural Chhattisgarh. Have worked with women and adolescents on issues of health and livelihood across the country. A criminologist and a development professional.

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The Goa Project Funnel The Goa Project is an unconference - where unlike a typical conference, the talks are not put together by a panel or knowledge partner - but is proposed by the attendees themselves. You propose a session or talk that might be of interest to the audience at the unconference, a… more