While working on social design projects, one ends up largely dealing with diverse visions and contradictory expectations of the groups involved. How can one arrive at acceptable direction(s) and what are the compromises? Exemplifying the project on designing and developing products for children using coconut fibre based material in Kerala, India, its findings will be discussed and related to the broader question: Are decentralized and democratic learning collectives a way forward?
Sajith Gopinath is an Industrial Designer and a Faculty in Industrial Design at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India. He is interested in understanding the concept of Playfulness and its application in concerns associated with Social Design. He has worked on various design sensitisation as well as product development projects with communities. Currently, he is working on his Doctoral Research at Braunschweig University of Art in the area of Ageing and Social Design.