This festival is organized by Kokum, a design trust founded by five members in Goa. Besides running their own practices, they have worked extensively on social and environmental issues, and have formed a trust with a focus on design in the public domain.
Social problems are often design problems, yet design is rarely called in to be part of problem-solving efforts.
With its potential unseen, design continues to be used for surface skills alone and has not had an impact on public life that it should have had. Much effort is still wasted on ill-defined problems and ineffective application of broad-spectrum solutions.
Despite this, social design, or efforts of socio-environmental improvement have been informally active across a wide demographic in India. It is time to engage with and celebrate these efforts by bringing it into the mainstream narrative through a festival.
‘a Social Design Festival’ seeks to seed, incubate and showcase socio-environment design successes; it will reach out to government agencies, the design fraternity and active citizens/groups who will network to take this further.
Kokum seeks to connect government, designers and active citizens, while highlighting inspiring stories for a better India.
Because the GOVERNMENT is the biggest implementer of design in the public domain.
Because DESIGN needs to be trans-disciplinary; real-world problems are too complex for singular design disciplines to address.
Because ACTIVE CITIZENS understand their immediate challenges and have the passion to drive change.