Honey Bee signifies a philosophy of discourses, which is fair, authentic and accountable. It advocates people to people learning. The ethics of knowledge extraction, its documentation, dissemination and their abstraction into theories or technologies is the central concern of the Honey Bee Network.
Despite all claims about participatory research and action, seldom have we provided opportunity to creative innovators and traditional knowledge holders to do research themselves as well as in partnership or by hiring formal researchers. The institutional scientists have often paid lip service to the cause of collegial partnership with the local communities and people. An evidence of this problem is that almost no research council in developed or developing country requires local knowledge providers in villages to be acknowledged by their name and address. Most institutions do not insist on their prior informed consent, although situation is changing in some of the developed countries but in developing countries, the lack of accountability is almost universal. The issue of local communities and innovators being enabled to hire institutional scientists and fire them, if they don’t deliver is in the realm of speculation. Honey Bee Network, started sixteen years ago tried to reverse this logic. There were four principles, which we learnt from the life of honeybee.
- Just as flowers don’t complain when their nectar or pollen are taken away, people should not complain when their knowledge is documented by outsiders. They should be acknowledged by their name and address and their intellectual property rights should be respected.
- The bees perform a very important function of cross-pollination thereby enriching diversity and keeping the nature’s cycle on. Unless we communicate in local languages and in a manner that people can understand, people to people linkages will not be established. We should ensure that opportunities for people to people learning are given first priority in any social knowledge exchange.
- Whenever any wealth is generated by disseminating the knowledge through commercial or non-commercial channel after adding value or without it, a fair share should go back to the people whose knowledge has made that wealth possible.
- Before disseminating people’s knowledge or bringing it in public domain, their prior informed consent should be taken.
Honey Bee encourages collaborators to initiate local language versions of Honey Bee Newsletter, so that people to people learning across the barriers of language, culture and region can be facilitated. With the help of the regional collaborators of Honey Bee, six regional language versions have evolved, which actually facilitate the process of cross-cultural exchange of knowledge and mutual learning among communities. These are: Tamil (Nam Vali Velanmai), Kannada (Hittalagida), Gujarati (Loksarvani), Hindi (Sujh-Bujh Aas Paas Ki), Malyalam (Ini Karshakan Samsankiiatte), and Oriya (Aama Akha Pakha). Invitations have been received by SRISTI to initiate similar network in Africa and other parts of the world.
Honey Bee, is like a Knowledge Centre/Network which pools the solutions developed by people across the world in different sectors and links, not just the people, but also the formal and informal scientists, policy makers, innovators, green entrepreneurs and educationists.Philosophy of Seven Es
SRISTI works on the principle that a synthesis of seven Es, i.e., Excellence, Equity, Environment, Efficiency, Ethics, Empathy and Education. These provide the right chemistry for societies seeped in mediocrity to get over their inertia and move towards a compassionate, creative, competitive as well as collaborative society.