This festival is an initiative of Kokum, a not-for-profit design trust based in Goa, India.

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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.

Kokum Team

One of the influential architects leading Green Movement of Architecture in India, Dean has more than 400 projects to his name. Currently heading the architectural section of the design practice Mozaic, his ventures reflect his concern for the environment. He has been the Design Chair with the Goa College of Architecture, Director of the Goa Foundation environmental group and member of the State Level Committee for preparing the Regional Plan for Goa 2021.

Architect, Planner, Active Citizen


Reforming design learning through his practice Thinkering in Goa, Avik is an Industrial Designer from NID, Ahmedabad. He founded Ethos, a furniture design and manufacturing business in 1997, gaining expertise and insight in the field of education and design. He worked as consultant to Delhi Public School, Educomp, New Delhi Municipal Corporation and ILFS.

Industrial Designer, Education Reformist


Having completed his studies in economics and management at IIM Ahmedabad, he worked for ICICI Bank and as CFO for FirstSource Solutions before founding Ajadé, a consulting firm for startups and small companies. Rahul is involved with various public interest efforts such as the Goa Foundation, the Goenchi Mati Movement, the India Network for Basic Income, and The Future We Need.

IIM Alumni, Consultant, Active Citizen


After training in Germany, she co-founded the product design section of Mozaic in 2001. She has designed successful products for companies such as IFB Industries, Crompton, Taj Hotels, including interiors of the new Uttam railway coaches plying in Mumbai. Her involvement with socio-environmental issues include projects such as a moving school for migrant children, eco-friendly dinnerware and a crowd-sourcing app for tracking real-time land related development in Goa. 

Industrial Designer, Active Citizen


His experience covers Directorship of the Charles Correa Foundation, design involvement with I.N.T.A.C.H and an editorial position at IA&B Magazine in Mumbai. Ruturaj initiated and curated the Z-Axis, a biennial architecture conference and The Merit List, to recognize architecture projects of critical relevance. Further to this, his wide ranging interests have had him author ‘Practices of Consequence’, ‘Ethos’ and ‘Works & Continuities’: a monograph of Brinda Somaya’s practice.

Architect, Writer, Editor