Where would you be more inspired? Listening in to a commanding talk in a conference hall or engaging in a conversation with fellow thinkers under a vast, open starlit sky?
Imagine the world we could build with conversations in settings that push us to go beyond. In a format unheard of, all talks, sessions, workshops and experiences at this year’s INK gathering will be held outdoors, in the middle of the open desertscape.
Following an hour of meditation, the morning session (from 10.00-12.30) will have the community break out in multiple, intimate-group workshops (with 40-100 people each) in spaces scattered across the Thar – in a cenotaph garden, in an oasis, in a mango grove (the only one in the world to be in a desert!), in an erstwhile pleasure palace of the kings of Jaisalmer, and in Suryagarh (for those unable or unwilling to travel outside of the hotel). The evening sessions will be held in Suryagarh, where the entire 300+ people community of INK2019 will come together once again to listen to talks under the starlit sky.
Day 1 – Thursday, 14 Nov 2019
Once Upon A Future marks the grand opening of INK2019. The beginning of our journey together into the future, this session will engage with visionaries and multidisciplinary experts – from scientists and technologists to artists and entrepreneurs – to unearth ideas that will define the direction of humankind.
Day 2 – Friday, 15 Nov 2019
This session will explore conversations with subject-matter experts who dare to think differently and act greatly. In an unconventional format, the gathering will be divided in groups to be part of workshops in three different spaces spread across the Thar. Two of the venues are a short drive from Suryagarh – a pleasure palace, and a mango grove. The third venue will be Suryagarh itself. The first hour (from 10.00-11.00) will have each group (of approx. 80-100 people) listen into a session together. For the next hour (11.30-12.30), these groups will get further divided into smaller groups of 30-40 people each to be part of intimate conversations within each venue.
This unique luncheon will have you dine in hamlets in and around Jaisalmer – perhaps in a Manganiyar village, a stone masons village, a jewellers’ village – with a pot-luck lovingly prepared by the inhabitants, just for you. Discover the storied culinary heritage of Marwar as you interact with the villagers in a one-of-a-kind community dining experience.
Escape Velocity is the essential threshold velocity need for ideas to breakout and soar on their own. This session is like a release, a point in INK2019 where people come together as a community to keep fertile ideas in their orbit of influence. Be the first to get a sneak-peek into game-changing conversations and concepts in this open call for collaborations.
Day 3 – Saturday, 16 Nov 2019
In this session, curiosities will lead the charge – through workshops, talks, and hands-on demonstrations in small group spaces within Mool Sagar. From exploring the future of energy and environment to discovering art and the mindspace behind slacklining, immerse yourself in experiences that will inspire and stimulate you.
Enjoy an afternoon of food, crafts and interaction at the Silk Route Bazaar in Mool Sagar, as skilled craftsmen share with you tales and techniques of the vibrant arts the region boasts of. Once the pleasure palace of the erstwhile Maharaja of Jaisalmer, it is a rare occasion that Mool Sagar stands open to the public to recreate an era long gone.
The Silk Route refers to a network of ancient trade routes connecting Asia, Europe and Africa. Extending for more than 6,500 kms, it was used to transport Chinese silk to Europe through Central Asia from the 2nd century BC.
As humans, we are always in search of the utopic world. This session is about coming back to the present so we can start building it together. The conversations of the future within and beyond ourselves bring us to this session where it is the moment of a new dawn.
What makes a good cocktail? Enjoy your last evening at INK2019 learning to liven up your drinks, as Chivas leads you through a curated session on mixology.
Limited slots available. Registrations closed
Day 4 – Sunday, 17 Nov 2019
Private, curated tours in and around Jaisalmer. Details for the same will be published soon.