My exchange in India was very enlightening and one thing that struck me about the country is that NGO’s are huge! I mean to say that they seem to be really popular, heaps of people start them, run them, get involved. And design is a surprisingly common ingredient. Since I’ve got back I’ve always thought if I can’t find a social sustainability design job a bit closer to home, I’ll head back to Gujarat and easily find work there.
GIAN searches for innovations in rural India that, with a bit of help, could make it big all over the country. Many of these are farming or household task improvements, which would therefore make a fortune if successful. This is a perfect example of merging industrial design with social sustainability and business.