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Looking at innovative ways to use critical thinking, problem solving, and design to empower change in Southeast Asia (specifically India and Sri … Read More
Looking at innovative ways to use critical thinking, problem solving, and design to empower change in Southeast Asia (specifically India and Sri Lanka). Various initiatives examine the best ways to use local resources, skills, and experience to allow people to create sustainable solutions themselves. Read Less
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DESINE LAB (desinelab.org) brings design thinking, practices and outcomes together with innovation and entrepreneurship to address issues of global poverty and social and environmental injustice, while working collaboratively with target populations to facilitate community-driven social and economic development.
International Development Research Trip - Southeast Asia 

Looking at innovative ways to use critical thinking, problem solving, and design to empower change in Southeast Asia (specifically India and Sri Lanka). Various initiatives examine the best ways to use local resources, skills, and experience to allow people to create sustainable solutions themselves.


6 week research trip with RISD Landscape Architecture Professor and Desine Lab Head
Elizabeth Hermann (ehermann@risd.edu), as well as Research Assistants
Sasha Azbel (aazbel@risd.edu) and Sun Yeong Chang (schang@risd.edu)

 Travel Itinerary Order:  Delhi > Jaipur > TIlonia > Bhuj > Ahmedabad > Mumbai > Chennai > Colombo > 
     Jaffna > Kandy > Pondicherry > Puri > Kolkata > Delhi
The following photos provide a brief glimpse into the research/projects from the trip.
Barefoot College
Tilonia, Rajastan
http://www.barefootcollege.org/

Empowering illiterate women to become solar engineers.

Kala Raksha
Bhuj, Gujarat
http://www.kala-raksha.org/

Grassroots approach to the preservation of traditional arts.
Center for Women and Development
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
http://cwd.cngoj.org/about-us/

Helping give war widows the hope and skills needed to overcome post-war resettlement. 
Made by Survivors 
Kolkata
http://www.madebysurvivors.com/

Educating and empowering survivors of human trafficking and abuse through the art of jewelry. 


 For more information please email rmurphy@risd.edu or visit desinelab.org