Updated: Feb 19
The overall research up-till this stage produced three main findings:
Firstly, overall lack of awareness about sustainable practices,
Secondly, absence of discussions and conversations within the families and between both the groups (Ani Hila and urban domestic spaces), and
Thirdly, linear mindset (take-make-waste approach), due to low availability of affordable eco-friendly options people opt for cheap availability of high carbon options.
Based on the overall findings, I extracted three major elements and represented them on a triangle (The Triangle of Connections) to look for further possibilities and benefits from potential connections. The three elements were: Awareness, connections and responsibility.
I used the triangle to study various possible connections between the three elements and used that to reimagine the possibilities of sustainability awareness among the community. There was a strong need to educate people and strengthen their connections with self, their family and with the Village in order to effectively help the community be more sustainable together.
Analysis and Findings
The findings suggested that people were required to discuss and rethink about sustainability and their roles in the rapidly changing planet and society. Most of the participants perceived sustainability as expensive, hence it was vital to connect them to Ani hila village for a change of perspective and further stronger opportunities of collaboration or partnership between both the urban and rural areas to be a holistically sustainable.
Ostrom et al. (2007) specify in his research, dynamic paradigm shifts and societal transformation is probable, arguably when a person is consciously connected with self and contemplate self and nature as one. Only then his desire for change harmonize with practical measures to undertake definite actions (Kineman and Anand, 2015).
The findings from the primary research aligned with my secondary research and helped me to approach the project from a leverage point perspective. The triangle will help me to look for further design opportunities. I want to experiment with different possibilities how people can learn, connect and take collaborative actions that can lead to creative and effective sustainable goals and solutions. Hence, my next step is to re-ideate on the possible design solutions.
Kineman, J. and Anand, D., 2015. Roots of sustainability in Ancient India. Proceedings of the 58th Meeting of ISSS, Washington DC, USA,.
Ostrom, E., Janssen, M. A., & Anderies, J. M. 2007. Going beyond pan- aceas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104, 15176–15178. https://doi.org/10.1073/ pnas.0701886104