What is the Learning Lab?
Feminist pedagogy and knowledge creation is central to The Third Eye.
At the Learning Lab, we engage in collaborative creative processes with those who are not conventionally considered knowledge creators, or have adequate opportunity or platform to become contributors to critical discourses.
Thus, we bring into practice the key objective of The Third Eye, which is to repopulate the internet with voices, standpoints and experiences of those always only seen as consumers of ideas, and not producers.
The Learning Lab works with fellows and mentees in short, medium, and long term engagements.
The Learning Lab is grounded in the idea that the digital space is not merely a new medium through which teaching and learning takes place, but a new site of practice itself where multiple voices intersect and new conversations and perspectives are enabled.
TLL looks at the Everyday as a feminist site of investigation. Everyday is where structures reside and also where they come out to play. Our emerging work challenges binary articulations, set rhetoric of the development sector, as well as long-standing assumptions.
It explores the potential of narratives to invert hierarchies and influence a new way of looking at the world.
The Learning Lab centres feminist thought and pedagogy. As practitioners and educators, we engage in collaborative, creative processes with those denied the right and opportunity to produce knowledge. We look at challenging existing narratives, revealing new ones, and enabling subsequent narrative change around social justice, gender, sexuality, and development issues, as the key outcome from our pedagogies.
Through a planned and sustained process of mentoring, the Learning Lab provides opportunities to individual learners and different communities to build the skills, perspectives, and techniques to create visual, sonic and textual narratives from their locations.
Who Does the Learning Lab Work With?
The Learning Lab works with people who are traditionally consumers of digital knowledge, and curates processes with them to transform their engagement, becoming creators and disseminators themselves. Young rural girls, domestic workers, men from border districts, people working in mines, community workers, GBV case workers, sex workers, trans teachers are our learners and co-creators.
The fellows and mentees come from marginalised identities, locations and communities, and often are rooted in community-based organisations.
In our first two years, we have worked with 59 mentees from diverse locations across the country in diverse processes and formats.