The more I visit and meet rural people, the higher my respect for their knowledge rises. It amazes me that we from the cities and academies regard them as uneducated, illiterate and "subjects" for our "expert" inputs. Much of their knowledge and expertise is not in the form that we would recognize (as in "notice") or recognize (as in "award"), because it is embodied. However, they are masters at being resourceful, innovative, living light and being content—what else could one ask for? And isn't it ironic that despite our high knowledge and technical expertise, we are struggling to achieve precisely the same ends?
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You are right, rural people have more knowledge and solutions of thier problems.
I just want to share that in Gujarat, SRISTI organization is working on innovations of Rural People and thier traditional knowledge.
You might know this. You can also visiti http://www.sristi.org/cms for more information.
Jaydev Babariya Ahmedabad
Posted May 21, 2009
By jaydev babariya