Knowledge In Civil Society: Shared worldview and role
The Objects of the Trust
1. To work with organizations devoted to Science and Technology, with special reference to all aspects of agriculture, village industry, environment, health etc. to help usher in a just and equitable society by pooling, documenting and making accessible knowledge derived from the work and experiences of such organizations and from all other relevant sources.
2. To advance knowledge-dialogues on Science and Technology as the basis for policy formulation by government through pooled and well documented studies.
3. To encourage various organizations to undertake and carry forward work that would enrich and enhance knowledge that would expand the focus of the objectives of the Trust.
Few points from the KICS Concept note.
- KICS is driven by the need to rein in S&T without being anti-S&T. Modern S&T could be kept on leash by democratizing
- The role of civil society should be to work to build a polity that is democratic and non-violent, respectful of women and the marginalized, garnering in the process the clout that can keep S&T to be at the service of societies and communities rather than the other way.
- Alternative knowledge systems should come to their own, represented by, and embedded in, the variety of systems of languages and dialects in India
- Ecology and environment can be preserved by having a polity with reduction in aggregation that has been the bane of ecological and environmental health all over
- KICS seeks to help CBOs & NGOs to explore their ways through facilitative processes.
/sreekumar n, 10.11.2010/
 As mentioned in the KICS Trust deed, 27/08/10
 KICS - A draft concept note, MV Sastri, 17/2/10
 Elaborated in ‘Knowledge Swaraj: An Indian Manifesto on Science and Technology', December 2009
Knowledge In Civil Society (KICS)
A Draft Concept Note -II
24th February 2010 - Core Group Meeting
KICS has been working for five years now, as an informal convergence of civil society activists and academicians who are interested in the areas of concern to civil society. Occasionally, KICS has been able to draw in other experienced individuals and professional depending on their interests and the issue at hand. During these five years KICS has been mainly holding workshops and sharing sessions in small groups. In between these events, there has been regular exchange of ideas, information, and views, albeit between a few active contributors, via mailing lists. A few research and case studies under different projects have also added a dimension of proactive synthesising of some of the knowledge and experience in civil society. KICS has also been to formulate an Indian manifesto on science and technology following a series of consultations. This manifesto has inspired a few case studies on different sectors that would feed into the draft in the coming months. Some of this knowledge and information have been consolidated through a few publications, films and more recently through the website. So, perhaps there are many who are passive recipients/beneficiaries of this exchange.
Legally, KICS has been functioning as part of CWS. A quick email consultation on this about a year back revealed that most persons wanted KICS to try and have its own legal identity. There were a few who struck a cautionary note to this move. In view of the latter, a firm decision on getting a separate identity for KICS had been postponed. We now feel that we should move ahead with the proposal in such a manner that will take the views of the few ‘cautioners’, and evolve a consensus.
is a forum for conversations amongst activists and academics on issues relating to science and democracy.