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Anchor / Unbox Fellowship 2011

UnBox is one of those festivals that everyone should attend in their lives; at lease once. Hosted in a leafy part of New Delhi, the festival is a meeting ground for authors, journalists, artists, musicians, designers and thought makers. As part of my fellowship with Design Impact, I was asked to host a one week Unbox fellowship for the festival around the theme of children’s welfare. Taking part as fellows were four talented graduates from India’s prestigious National Institute of Design.

Working with some of the senior staff at NGO Manav Sadhna, I was able to plan and host a week long charrette in the Gandhi Ashram. The charrette was designed to deep dive into the lives of the children engaged with the Earn n Learn programme.

During the week we met with community stakeholders, spent a night with some of the Earn n Learn children, shared conversations with their family and friends before jumping into ideation, persona development, scenario development and further ideation. We presented this work live and impromptu in Hauz Khas village in Delhi and invited attendees of the festival to add their own thoughts and opinions on children’s welfare.

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