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Week 12: Srishti – W4aW

Day 46, 47

March 26th, 27th, 2018

Students work from home. On Monday they have their picture taken by Mahesh, and then they meet me briefly, we discuss the order of their presentations, and they briefly tell me what they are going to show as their prototype.


Day 48

March 28th, 2018

Second jury session, with Venkat and Nupur, just like the last time :-).


Day 49

March 28th, 2018

Students have to prepare a Pecha Kucha version of their presentation, including reflections, and including speculative scenarios (their wish for a better world), both towards the desirable and the worst case dystopia, exploring the possible, probable, plausible.

Personal reflections on their presentations and how to move things forward.

For the next four weeks, we will be working on the Sprockler project every Monday (and I will take the lead), and they will do one iteration per week including testing (for 3 rounds), then refine their last iteration and produce their final output, which must be submitted on the 27th of April.




Week 11: Srishti – W4aW

Day 41

March 19th, 2018

Students work from home.

Day 42

March 20th, 2018

Sudhir has visited us today. He has given a master class on futures thinking, which has been inspiring and has gotten the students engaged in deep thought about the way they are planning and conducting their own projects. Some interesting remarks:


Social, Technological, Economical, Environmental, Political, Cultural

Elke den Ouden (Meaningful Innovation)

For positive impact: expand our view & acknowledge negative impact

William Gibson: ‘The future is all around us, but unevenly distributed’

TIM STOCK (Parsons, NY)

BILL SHARPE: Three Horizons

(Why should there be funding for the Arts?)

From Fringe to Zeitgeist

Horizon Scanning

Trend Monitoring






Bangladeshi Architect Kazi Ashraf




Expected Future

Alternate Future

Preferable Future

Scenarios Planning


Probable –> Possible –> Plausible

Futures Thinking = Systemic Thinking

Subtler Mind

Nuanced Mind

Sensitive Mind

Critical Mind


Coevolutionary Behaviour

New Design Principles – > Simplicity -> ‘Negative Design’



Day 43, 44

March 21th, 22nd, 2018

Mock presentations. 4 people each day. Individual meetings in the afternoons.


Day 45

March 23rd, 2018

Individual meetings, and students work from home.


Week 10: Srishti – W4aW

Day 37

March 12th, 2018

I visited Kumkum’s and Pandrang’s 8th semester project class. Their students are redesigning Karnataka’s tourism brand (their work will be exhibited on 4 metro stations), and are collecting stories throughout the state. Their brief summary is ‘Karnataka. The Land of a Million Stories’. Students specified that they are targeting untold tales and mystery as concepts. I was asked by Kumkum to give a masterclass since the results of the work they have been doing so far are a bit conventional and obvious. Here is the ppt that I prepared for them. It starts as follows…



It goes both ways,

We inspect for data but,

The story telling questioning is open

Enough so that subjects can affect

An underlying, preceding theory.


We had to condense the exercise and couldn’t finish the whole process I had designed for them, so then I’ve asked to come back next Monday so that we can work on what kind of outcome to produce, and how to decide.

In the afternoon, I had my portrait taken by Mahesh, and Meghana helped me with the concept.


Day 38

March 13th, 2018

One on one conversations. They are developing their concepts and I’ve given specific homework to each individually since they are at different stages and following different processes, nonetheless, tomorrow everyone must bring some kind of production towards their prototype.

At the same time, the two groups have developed their digital work for Sprockler a bit further.


Day 39

March 14th, 2018

Morning session only: it is informally shared in the group what the students and I personally discussed the previous day ( the state of their projects ). They give each other feedback: what I really like and what I think could improve. Then we create a framework for them to make further progress towards their second seminar:



  2. THEORY of IMPACT : who, how, why
  3. AESTHETICS : reasoning behind choices ( hint at medium )

  5. AIM.

Day 40

March 15th, 2018

Meeting with Sprockler.


Week 9: Srishti – W4aW

Day 32, 33

March 5th, 6th, 2018

Basic discussion around everybody’s topics ( in group ), and work on Sprockler ( in 2 groups ).

Day 34, 35, 36

March 7th, 8th, 9th, 2018

Peer reviews. Presentation of concept. Feedback in specific format.

Assessment ( 1 to 10 ) on fronts:

  1. Ways of Data Collection
  2. Feasibility
  3. Aim
  4. Outcome
  5. Concept / Essence / Philosophy
  6. Target Audience
  7. Pros / Cons of Concept
  8. Data Visualization
  9. Story Telling
  10. Data Analysis

Where do you need input?

What I really liked…

What I think could improve is…


Thursday was my birthday, we ate cake and I blew the candles. Friday we had a meeting with Sprockler (Lisette); She was in Cairo again!


Week 8: Srishti – W4aW

Day 28 – 31

February 26th – March 1st, 2018

Field work and data collection! ( while facilitator is on holiday, yiei!! )

Week 7: Srishti – W4aW

Day 27

February 19th, 2018

Final edit of proposals (they are signed and submitted). Start designing research enquiry for data collection.


Day 28

February 20th, 2018

Start building a common dictionary of terminology: data collection. Further secondary research and planning for data collection.


Day 29

February 21th, 2018

Self study day


Day 30

February 22th, 2018

Arpita gives us a talk on public history. She has asked us to read us a text beforehand:

Ghosts of future NatioNs, or the uses of the holocaust MuseuM ParadiGM iN iNdia, by Kavita Singh.

She mentions two interesting examples of public history that use a different approach to qualitative data collection:

In the afternoon the discussion around how to visualise data for Sprockler continues, while I meet them one by one to make sure they are heading in the right direction with their data collection plans.


Day 31

February 23th, 2018

Venkat has yet again come for a Masterclass, and provided some valuable insights around how to work with data for analysis. He wanted the students to understand the difference between pattern and probability (they did a simple exercise of collecting dates of birth and putting them in a matrix).

Here are a few quotes, questions and references that I have extracted from his talk:

‘How do I get closer to uncertainty?’

‘How do I avoid bias?’

For your data survey:

Define goal, define audience, define means.

‘Kill all your darlings’ (William Faulkner)

Sampling is a bit of an art

Luck = probability taken personally

Mention to the experiments of Galileo (gravity)

Edward Demning –> Recovery of Japan

Data collection can be for understanding and/or predictions

‘Truth is like sunlight, you can never look at it directly’


In the afternoon, students presented their data collection strategy to the class, and here are a few references worth noting:

plastic cow / PETA

Dictionary of obscure sorrows -, John Koenig – TED talk : Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions

Chris Jordan – TED talk: Turning powerful stats into art

Week 6: Srishti – W4aW

Day 21

February 12th, 2018

First seminar with jury will take place tomorrow throughout the whole day. We have established the order of presentations (randomly as no-one wanted to be left for last), and they are all preparing for a group presentation that will take place first thing in the morning.

We have started the day listening to a song, It’s A Fire, by Portishead (Dummy), which I wanted to dedicate to them.

Its a fire
These dreams they pass me by
This salvation I desire
Keeps getting me down

Cos we need to
Recognise mistakes
For time and again

So let it be known for what we believe in
I can see no reason for it to fail…. …

Cos this life is a farce
I can’t breathe through this mask
Like a fool
So breathe on, sister breathe on


From this oneself
Testify or tell
Its fooling us now

So let it be known for what we believe in
I can see no reason for it to fail…

Cos this life is a farce
I can’t breathe through this mask
Like a fool
So breathe on, little sister, breathe on
Ohh so breathe on, little sister, like a fool


Sharath has shared an incredible resource with me: Visualising Information for Advocacy. They list down really good resources for DV, and explain what it takes to work with data.


Day 22

February 13th, 2018

Seminar 1 took place.


Day 23, 24, 

February 14th, 15th 2018

Revision and commentary on seminar and progression of proposals for final submission.


Day 25 

February 16th 2018

Discussion about Sprockler, then meeting online with Lisette and Nele (which I didn’t attend to). The Institute closed around midday.

Week 5: Srishti – W4aW

Days 16 – 20

February 5th – 9th, 2018

Proposal draft needs to be submitted to me on Wednesday, so we have been working on defining their briefs and enquiries, by one on one mentoring sessions and group check-ins.

Week 4: Srishti – W4aW

Day 11

January 29, 2018

They showed me the work they had done over the weekend around visualising their story. Then we moved on to mindmapping their personal Universe around this project and their thesis. In the afternoon we created a few Trello boards and we distributed the managerial tasks. The managerial roles will be rotatory. We are following Agile methodology in the Sprockler project and in the W4aW project, and we have also created a board for managing our library. Spontaneously, over the long weekend, some of them found and read this book: , some others this other book. I brouught 3 books from my personal collection today:

  • The Desire Map, by Danielle Laporte
  • Change by Design, by Tim Brown
  • Design Thinking for the Greater Good (Innovation in the Social Sector), by Jeanne Liedtka, Randy Salzman, & Daisy Azer.

On blackboard, I created a Blog, a Journal and a Wiki. I migrated this blog from to my personal site as in cargocollective is was private unless paid.


Day 12

January 30, 2018

We discussed the mind maps (their personal Universe around this project), and decided to highlight a few concepts and keywords. These will lead their research further.

I gave them a map of Ikigai that they will have to complete.

We created a timeline for Sprockler: between 10 and 14 weeks, one to two hours per week, following this cycle pattern (roughly two weeks per phase, to be reviewed after first phase):

  1. Research & Analysis
  2. Ideation
  3. Prototyping
  4. User Testing
  5. Iteration
  6. Final Testing

In the afternoon we reviewed the project guidelines (towards writing their proposal for the first seminar). Then Theory U was introduced, and we played the first two videos of the series ‘From Ego to Eco-Systems‘.

I brought two more books from my personal collection:

  • Speculative Everything. Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming, by Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby
  • Design Education. Creating Thinkers to Improve the World, by Robin Vande Zande


Day 13

January 31, 2018

Rustam visited (Projects Dean) to check in on us. He gave some general advise to students and asked if there were any particular worries or concerns. We discussed about Philosophy: What does it mean? Why is it important? And what philosophical questions do you have around your thesis project?

We finished watching the Presencing Institute ‘The Ego to Eco Framework’. We also watched a TED talk  by Gary Flake (Microsoft Engineer), and introduced Procedural Data Visualisation (as opposed to declarative).

In the afternoon we Created 3 keyword/concept maps around WISH and BETTER WORLD. First one was simple associations, second one negative associations, 3rd one what type of data we would include in our research enquiry.

Then we Skyped Lisette from Sprockler, run our first Stand Up (SPRINT, SCRUM), asked a few questions, shared the calendar, and decided how to proceed until our next session with her.


Day 14

February 1st, 2018

From now on, all Thursdays are going to be self study day. This time they were to start writing down their proposal and develop it enough so that it could be presented to the class the next day.


Day 15

February 2nd, 2018

I introduced Theory U Case Clinics. We watched the videos on the website of the Presencing Institute. Then we spent the whole day doing case clinics with their projects (two groups of 4 people each). At the end of the session, they all shared what their project is about with the whole class.

Week 3: Srishti – W4aW

Day 7

January 23, 2018

I brought a few books from the library:

1. Jessica Helfand
: Screen
: Essays on Graphic Design, Mew Media, and Visual Culture
2. John Maeda
Creative Code
3. John Maeda
Design By Numbers
4. Wickham & Grolemund
R for Data Science
5. Robert L. Harris
Information Graphics, A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference.

We watched ‘The Joy of Data’ (a documentary produced by the BBC), followed by a TED talk, The Beauty of Data Visualization by David McCandless, author of books Information is Beautiful and Knowledge is Beautiful.

In the afternoon we started a discussion around the perils of data collection by those in power. We concluded with an overview of the project from both an ethical and philosophical perspective. I explained one of our goals is to put subjective data in contrast to objective data so that the subjects are seen as humans, not numbers. We changed our plans, instead of ideation we got to watch Nosedive, a chapter of Black Mirror, which reflects some of the moral implications associated with certain ways of doing data.


Day 8

January 24, 2018

In the morning, we watched the documentary The Human Face of Big Data (or this link to full movie, with subtitles in Portuguese), and then we watched a TED talk The best stats you’ve ever seen, by Hans Rosling.

In the afternoon we did a mindmappint exercise: ‘Your personal Universe around this project’. Some students explored the web as a start to their research instead.


Day 9

January 24, 2018

Students brought a story they had individually selected to represent graphically through data. We discussed everybody’s story, and reflected on importance of qualitative/quantitative data. They engaged in their process of data segregation of their own stories.

In the afternoon, we read the link about SCRUM and Trello that Lisette sent us, and checked the links Nele sent about the project we will be collaborating with them in. The project is called Citizens First and is run by Oxfam Novib.


Citizens First was a human security program managed by Oxfam Novib and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It supported citizens and local civil society organizations (CSOs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan to advocate for essential services in food security, agriculture, education and public health.

See links with reports:


Day 10

January 25, 2018

We Skyped Lisette from our respective homes (she was in Cairo). Lisette introduced herself, and we talked a little about the project: a large part of the data that was collected in written in Urdu, and we need to work only with the data that is written in English.

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