"How do you build a community of justice leaders who are empathetic, committed, creative and resilient? What is the role of community members?"
"Is the best way to disrupt the system to work with it?"
"How does one evaluate long term work that shapes the ecosystem? How do you keep your energy up for the here and now?"
“How do you build institutions that endure? What is justice when it comes to safe workplaces? What is the role companies can play?”
“What is my role in the process of change? How does it sustain beyond me?"
"What does one do to enable one's team to realise its full potential? How do you build a solution that is effective and accessible to all classes of citizens?"
"How do you involve more young people in the changemaking process? And sustain the process itself?"
"How do you know if you're on the right path as a leader?"
"How does one unravel assumptions? What is the role we play in the bigger picture?"
"In the larger world, how do we build acceptance for a community based restorative approach to justice?"
"Not just in the field of justice, but how do we overcome difficulties in enabling access to relief for those who have no privilege?"
"How does one break conditioning to motivate someone towards an idea?"
“How do you make the idea of dispute resolution easy for large scale adoption? How do you get buy-in from multiple stakeholders?"
"What will it take to break down systemic constraints and legacy infrastructures? And to make systems more efficient and transparent?"
“How do you navigate for change in a relatively unchartered territory like police and judicial reforms? How do you go about building a vision and mission aligned future?”
"What is it about certain issues that elevates them to a movement?How do you hold the space for something to emerge and then sustain it to make it happen?"
"How can art help in de-mystifying laws and increase legal awareness?"
"What does storytelling as 'therapy' look and feel like? Who tells these stories and how?"
"How do we catalyse greater interest and participation from the development sector towards ideas that advance justice?"
"What is the journey to take from idea to action? How do we get others to join in with energy?"
"How can technology be integrated and transform every aspect of the judiciary and law?"
"What are the intersections when advancing ideas across dispute resolution, the legal industry and possible overlays with the criminal justice system? How do you harness the power of LawTech for both the common person and commercial entities in a way that is disruptive and scalable?"
"How do you keep-up with the evolving nature of your work and what it requires from you as a leader?"
"How do you build value and ownership from the bottom up? How can we discover and push the boundaries of adjacent possibles in the justice ecosystem?"
"In this 'black hole of uncertainity' how do young people continue doing the important work they set out to do? What is wellbeing for those on he frontlines who witness the injustices faced by disenfranchised communities?"
Additionally, she is also working to build capacity for digital security training aimed towards human rights defenders in India. The goal here is to bring this aspect of security into their lives in a language and a manner that is accessible to them and created keeping in mind the challenges that are unique to the Indian ecosystem.
"What can those in a position of 'privilege' do to shift the balance of power in the hands of the people?"
"What are the practises to be built today for an emerging future?"
"What happens when the power and tools to create are handed over to contexts that traditionally serve as ‘subjects’?"
“What will it take to overcome the adversarial mindset?"
Agami curates each Agamishaala by invitation for Justicemakers who we see are at an inflection point in their justicemaking journey, and are actively seeking to break out of traditional ways of seeing and doing. These are leaders and innovators from a cross-section of backgrounds across law, tech, media, data, social justice, research and more. Applications are invite based only.
Agamishaala is designed to understand what its members need at this stage in their journey, to be able to unlock their full potential as leaders – both at a personal and at a more foundational skill level.
This ensures that the journey is relevant to the people in the room and is not prescribing one solution to all. Having entrepreneurs and innvoators, the Shaala is a space for each member to create their own learning curve, while Agami only facilitates them through it.
To that end, through carefully facilitated sessions, you will be able to identify your own patterns of ‘stuckness’, sense the ecosystem that you are a part of and expand the horizon in which you currently operate. And you will do this with 30 other Justicemakers who will add to the richness of this experience.
Based on what surfaces from the cohort, we will also curate sessions on foundational skills with mentors and subject experts sharing their knowledge and practises around core areas such as strategy creation, systems thinking, movement building, managing changemaking teams and more.
The Agamishaala cohort will be built around justice areas that are ripe for advancement, with upto 30 members in all. Between May and October 2021, monthly and weekly sessions will be organised for all cohort members collectively and as part of smaller groups. There will also be interactions with mentors and experts along the way. There may be an offline retreat at the end of the journey in November 2021, depending on where we are with the pandemic. Or we will have an online alternative to mark the culmination.
Watch: The Experience of Agamishaala 2019
The curation for the Agamishaala 2021 cohort took place in the months of April and May 2021. Bringing together 30 diverse leaders from the field, including legal tech entrepreneurs, researchers, policy specialists, grassroot community builders and filmmakers, the whole that they represent offers a variety of perspectives. Together, they seek to unlock their potential as leaders and the ideas that they can advance for the field of law and justice.
Seen here: A 4D mapping of the Criminal Justice system with different participants embodying different parts such as: Judiciary, Prisoner, Prisoner’s Family, Defence Lawyers, Media, among others
"How to ensure that people stay "good" and "moral" in an era of increasing complexity and uncertainty, where it is easier to fall prey to the bigoted ways of black and white?"
“How can we change the adversarial mindset of people organically?”
“If scale is truly possible only by collaborating with the state, what should the imagination of that collaboration be?"
“How to manage multiple priorities and build a learning/collaborative culture?”
“What impact is he bringing to the world through his work?"
"What part do I play in this journey? How to ensure that I, myself, do not become a roadblock to it in the future?"
“How to have a unicorn startup, an iron man title, and happy relationships, all at once?"
"How to scale my team - how to manage and lead people better?"
“Can we re-imagine the relationship between the individual and the social - to make it more dynamic, sustainable, and mindful?”
“What hinders and encourages collaboration?"
“How do you influence social behaviour to see the value of a process that might seem counterintuitive but essential for the greater good”?
"How to sustain change? What role can prisons play in supporting victims? How to make “restorative justice” an important part of our criminal justice system?"
"How can we create a common badge/currency that enables citizens to be recognized across platforms for their effort?"
“How do we best use the information and data we have from the field to effectively capture our qualitative experience, in an organized manner, without reducing it only to numbers?”
Seen here: A 4D mapping of alternate dispute resolution as it exists and what it could be with participants embodying roles of the Mediator, Judiciary, Ministry of Finance among others
"How does the legal profession use/ misuse power, work with the powerful, empower/ exploit those who have less voice, resources and power in our society? How can each role-holder reflect on— who are they in service of?"
"Not just now, but what can we achieve for the justice field by 2028? And how will our individual lives, fragile and ephemeral, feel for having been a part of it - body, mind and soul?"
"What needs to happen for justice to be meted out quickly and efficiently?"
"What does it mean to build an ecosystem for law and justice? How do you get others to co-own your vision?"
"Are we drinking our own koolaid? Who are we listening to?"
With expert facilitation by Sonali Ojha and Manish Srivastava, the Agamishaala in 2019 sought to introduce the 17 participants to a deeper way of embodying and sensing the system that they are a part of.
Agami extends an exclusive invitation to apply to a curated list of leaders and changemakers in the justice field. Those invited are then required to fill a short application form and send it in by the deadline. The team then evaluates the applications and selects a list of people for the next stage of interviews, either with an Agami team member or an ex-Agamishaala participant. Based on the interviews, the members are confirmed. The Agami Prize 2020 Shortlist receives the first invite, followed by others we think will add to the richness of the cohort. Members who have been part of a past Agamishaala, can’t re-apply.
Candidates for the Shaala should be:
We believe we can most effectively support leaders in building their capacity through a combination of personal growth, skill enhancement and network access. To that end, each Agamishaala member is eligible to receive:
This year we are curating Agamishaala as an online journey running for 6 months with each month having a variety of engagements. But the online sessions will have segments where you are doing things by yourself offline, or in sync with others in your cohort. These maybe Dialogue Walks you do with another member, or even 1:1 virtual chai sessions to reflect back. Incase members are in the same city and find it safe, we would encourage you to do some of the sesion from the same space.
An offline retreat may be curated at the end of the year, depending on circumstances. This retreat will be optional to the members and there will be an additional participation fee for this.
No, there is no participation fee for the online leg of the journey. The offline retreat, if it happens at the end of this year given the circumstances, may have a separate fee but would be completely optional.
Specific expectations and time commitments include:
We suggest that you apply for the area you are most committed to advancing. On evaluation of your application, if we feel you may fit another cohort better, we will ask and move you to it. However, most of the activities between all cohorts will be the same, so not much cause to worry.