Arjun Harish
Graduate Student,
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
An engineer turned designer, I am currently pursuing my masters in design. As a researcher, I believe in participatory methods of engagement and enabling communities to aspire preferable futures. Apart from design, I spend time, travelling, making music and practicing yoga.
30 min Case study
Targeted to PREMIUM – Intermediate
Track 4: Broader impact & change through design
Co-presenter details – Mahima Chandak

Speculative Design for Marginalized Communities

These are early findings from engaging in participatory and speculative design methods with rural women in Bihar, India. The research was done with mothers of children between the ages 0 to 6 to understand how perceived roles and responsibilities of women affect Early Childhood Care and Education. The approach adopted was using games as social props to initiate conversations on complex social issues and script writing as a method to speculate better futures for their families. The script took the form of ‘Nukkad Naatak’ or street play to elucidate aspirations of the participants to the community. Many cultures like India are not naturally democratic and are comprised of politics and power structures within their setting. To understand the impact and nuances of these socio, cultural and political settings within which the community operates, participatory and speculative design methods have been used. The research was conducted in two villages – Churli and Bhuttijhadi in Kishangaj, Bihar

Track 4: Broader impact & change through design
Co-presenter details – Mahima Chandak

Three key takeaways


1)Enabling aspirations in marginalised communities
2) Speculative Design as a research method
3) Games and Theatre as tools for facilitating collective imaginations

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