UnBox Festival 2011


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A festival that explores action at the intersection of multiple disciplines and stretches the idea of design-thinking to new contexts.
February 2011, New Delhi, India
Organized by: Quicksand, Codesign, BLOT & Blindboys
Supported by: The Britich Council, Goethe Institut

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UnBox Festival 2011

  1. 1. Supported by February 24-27, 2011 New Delhi. India A Festival of Action at the Intersections www.unboxfestival.com
  2. 2. Design Thinking andInter-Disciplinary Collaborationsfor InnovationUnBox is a festival celebratingaction at the intersections ofdifferent disciplines. It is anattempt to build momentumaround design thinking andinter-disciplinary collaborationsas the means of driving moresustainable and impactive socialand cultural change in India.Together, we’ll rethink andstretch design practice throughimagination, provocation andstimulation.
  3. 3. A cross-section of establishedand emerging Design Thinkers,Entrepreneurs, Professionals,Educators & Enthusiasts fromIndia and the world, leadand inspire conversations forinnovation at the UnBox festival. JohN ThACkArA MP rANJAN Design-Thinker. Independent Academic, Founder and Director of Educator, Design-Thinker & Doors of Perception Author NICo MACDoNAlD ADITI rANJAN Design thinker, consultant & Weaver, Textile Designer, author. Head of Innovation— and Design Educator at the Creative Industries iNet National Institute of Design rIChArD EIsErMANN AshIsh rAJPAl Service Designer and Founding Director— Strategist. iDiscoveri Co-founder—Prospect lAkshMI MUrThy PooJA sooD Communication Designer. Director—Khoj International Founder—Vikalp Design Artists Association sANTosh DEsAI Vk MADhAVAN MD & CEO— TED Fellow, Futurebrands Executive Director of CHIRAG (Central Himalayan Rural Action Group)
  4. 4. The UnBox Experience:+Fellowships+Conference+Public EventsFEllowshIPs IMMErsE Travel to different parts of the country For FellowshipFEB 2011 with multi-disciplinary teams to learn, inform and Awardees(PrE-CoNFErENCE) share the new contexts for social, cultural and business innovations.CoNFErENCE Cross-disciplinary reflections on bringing about At The British25 & 26 FEB 2011 cultural change. Council, New Delhi For RegisteredMorNINg sEssIoN lIsTEN The UnBox conference brings together Conference 200 practitioners, academics, and tinkerers from Participants art, design, entrepreneurship, and other fields & Fellowship for intimate, cross-disciplinary reflections on Awardees bringing about cultural change.AFTErNooN sEssIoN INTErACT Afternoon workshops offer smaller, interactive sessions that let you get your hands dirty making in new ways, debating issues, getting mentorship, and picking up new tools for cultural change.PUBlIC EVENTs oPEN To All UnBox brings the spirit of cross- At multiple27 FEB 2011 disciplinary cultural experimentation to the city, locations in HauzAll DAy inviting the public to join in Make-a-thons and Khas Village, New Open studios that show the city at work. Delhi and GurgaonPArTNEr FEsTIVAls DrAw INsPIrATIoN from four parallel cultural Across multiple festivals, also organized by the UnBox team: locations in New TechnoDrome: A festival of emerging electronic Delhi music, visual arts and performances. Beatrepeat: A festival bringing interdisciplinary perspectives to the spoken and written word using electronic music, cinema & new media. EyeMyth: A festival of visual music and experimental film. salon der Alchemisten: A festival of experimental media.
  5. 5. UnBox Conference Calendar24 F 2011 DrAw INsPIrATIoN FroM FoUr PArAllEl PArTNEr FEsTIVAls CUlTUrAl FEsTIVAls: » TEChNoDroME25 E NEW DELHI A festival of emerging electronic music, visual arts and performances. » BEATrEPEAT A festival bringing interdisciplinary perspectives26 B INDIA to the spoken and written word using electronic music, cinema & new media. » EyEMyTh27 A festival of visual music and experimental film. » sAloN DEr AlChEMIsTEN A festival of experimental media.2 4 • F E B • 2 0 1 1 • T h U r s D Ay» At The British Council wElCoME PErForMANCEs AND CoCkTAIls 6.30 PM onwards» For Conference A night of meeting fellow travelers, drinking, eating, and seeing Indian cultural Participants & performances. Fellowship Awardees2 5 • F E B • 2 0 1 1 • F r I D AyMorNINg sEssIoN rEgIsTrATIoN & ChAI 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM DEsIgN AT ThE INTErsECTIoNs 10:00 AM - 10:30» At The British Council Talk: Ayush Chauhan AM» For Conference The intersections of multiple skills, passions and people of the Box Collective— Participants & at work and play, and the evolution of the UnBox platform. Fellowship Awardees EMBEDDINg DEsIgN 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Talk: MP ranjan The necessity of embedding design education in the contexts of intervention, and what it means for policy, design, and entrepreneurship DEsIgN For CoMMUNITIEs 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM Panel: Quicksand, lakshmi Murthy (Vikalp Design), Vk Madhavan (ChIrAg - Central himalayan rural Action group), Aakash sethi (Quest Alliance) Panelist from business, design, development, and education reflect on embedding social change efforts within communities. lUNCh 12:45 PM - 2 PM CrEATIVE PlATForMs 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM showcase: Blue Frog (Ashutosh Phatak), The greenhouse (Avinash kumar), openIDEo (Meena kadri), iDiscoveri (Ashish rajpal), khoj (Pooja sood) Organizations that create interdisciplinary platforms that have demonstrated the power to create alternate paradigms of experiences. ChAI BrEAk 3:30 PM - 4:00 PMAFTErNooN sEssIoN AN AFTErNooN wITh MP rANJAN AND JohN ThACkArA 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Participants can join these design thinkers for a conversation about design» At The British Council thinking intersecting with different disciplines. & Max Mueller Bhavan ClAy FUTUrEs wITh ChINTAN JANI 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Brainstorm and develop future scenarios around sustainable, medicinal, and» Choice of workshops & air filtering material bentonite. and intimate sessions for Conference DEsIgN IN ThE soCIAl sECTor wITh D-IMPACT 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM participants & Collaborate to define and explore the value of design processes in the social Fellowship awardees sector for non-profits sToryTEllINg IN NEw MEDIA wITh FIlMMAkEr VArUN MAThUr & 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM VIsUAl ArTIsT AVINAsh kUMAr Conceptual principles & techniques of telling stories about complex systems FIVE sTEPs To DEsIgNINg ClAssrooMs For rEAl lEArNINg wITh 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM IDIsCoVErI Methods to making the teaching & learning process effective and engaging for children. orgANIC FooD & FArMINg IN INDIA: ThE roAD AhEAD 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Panel discussing the organic food ecosystem in India—the roadblocks, and the opportunities for innovation that exist
  6. 6. 2 6 • F E B • 2 0 1 1 • s A T U r D AyMorNINg sEssIoN lIFE’s work: DEsIgN oPPorTUNITIEs IN A rEsTorATIVE ECoNoMy 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Talk: John Thackara» At The British Council The need for a new kind of change agent—holistic leaders tuned to resilience,» For Conference restorative economies, ethics, and learning from other cultures. Participants & ChAI BrEAk 10:15 AM - 10:25 AM Fellowship Awardees sUsTAINABIlITy 10:25 AM - 11:05 AM Talk: harsh Purohit The power of design thinking to create sustainable organizations, institutions, and businesses lIMITs oF DEsIgN ThINkINg 11:05 AM - 11:45 AM Talk: Nico MacDonald Appraising the promise and the limits of design thinking, as well as ideas on the ways forward. DEsIgN ThINkINg AND BUsINEss 11:45 AM - 12:25 PM Talk: richard Eisermann Design thinking is an emerging theory & practice that provides new tools to creatively negotiate the complexity that’s inherent in today’s business environments. lUNCh 12:25 PM - 1:25 PM FUTUrEForMs 1:25 PM - 2:10 PM Eight, 5-minute pitches for possible future interventions by curated innovators DoCUMENTINg CUlTUrE 2:10 PM - 3:40 PM Panel: Aditi ranjan (co-editor handmade in India), Parmesh shahani (godrej Culture lab), rajesh Dahiya (Codesign), santosh Desai (Futurebrands) The process, the challenges, and the possibilities of documentation to instigate social and cultural change ChAI BrEAk 3:40 PM - 4:00 PMAFTErNooN sEssIoN h-sChool wITh JohN ThACkArA 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Co-design the content and form of Doors of Perception’s upcoming H-School» At The British Council initiative to train future leaders & Max Mueller Bhavan hACkED ElECTroNICs wITh ANDy gUhl 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Take inspiration from German musician Andy Guhl’s instruments made of» Choice of workshops & hacked, everyday electronics and intimate sessions for Conference TyPoCENTrIC: BAzAAr wITh MEENA kADrI & rAJEsh DAhIyA 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM participants & Create typography from objects and forms available at local markets Fellowship awardees sElF-PUBlIshINg PlATForMs IN INDIA 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panel: Nikhel Mahajan (AudioAshram), shani himanshu (CellDsgn), Arpita Das (yodakin) Building off of the energy to document culture and create new kinds of expression, panelists discuss emerging trends in self-publishing as a way of creating new spaces for interdisciplinary practices. CUlTUrAl FUNDErs PANEl 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Funders of cultural activities in India like Goethe Institut, Pro Helvetia, and Austria Culture Forum, will reflect on their role in shaping projects and trends by discussing projects past and future rE-IMAgININg DIgITAl lEArNINg wITh QUEsT AllIANCE 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Experiment and brainstorm with new technologies such as tablets and iPhones and develop concepts to spring digital learning in India ahead.2 7 • F E B • 2 0 1 1 • s U N D Ay» All Day oPEN sTUDIos IN hAUz khAs VIllAgE AND gUrgAoN At GreenHouse, Jamun Studios, Ishan Khosla, Fatta Box, Cell Dsgn, People Tree, Quicksand, CoDesign» Public Events—Open Spend the morning visiting a variety of studio spaces, offices, and alleys where new cultural forms to all are always in the making. MAkE-A-ThoN AT ThE grEENhoUsE, hAUz khAs VIllAgE» At multiple venues An all-day, all-night platform for hacking, tinkering, learning, creating, and playing. Bring your own across New Delhi project and tools to Greenhouse, Hauz Khas Village to create shoulder to shoulder with others. (Hauz Khas Village) & Gurgaon ThEATEr skIll-shArE wITh JEFF gooDChIlD Sharpen your skills of observation, adaptability, and creative play across fields in this introduction to improvisation drama Basics of Film Making with film-maker Varun Mathur Learn technical skills and conceptual approaches to telling stories
  7. 7. ANChorsTalks, Panels, WorkshopsAAkAsh sEThI is Executive Director of Quest Alliance, a multi-disciplinary NGO workingto make education relevant, exciting, and sustainable in underserved communities.ADITI rANJAN is a weaver, textile designer, design teacher, and co-editor of thecompendium Handmade in India.AshIsh rAJPAl is the co-founder and CEO of iDiscoveri, an advocate for experientialdoing classrooms, and one of the top 50 leaders changing education in India according toEducation World magazine.AshUTosh PhATAk is a founding partner at Blue Frog, an integrated platformwith a performance club, recording studios, an independent record label, and artistmanagement.AVINAsh kUMAr is co-founder of acclaimed audio-visual collective Basic Love of Things,as well as innovation studio Quicksand.AyUsh ChAUhAN is the Managing Director of Quicksand, a multi-disciplinary innovationconsultancy whose clients include Google, IDEO, and Gates Foundation.D-IMPACT is a non-profit design organization that has provided design services to NGOsin India and the US since 2008.hArsh PUrohIT is the Founder Director of Cognito, an award winning, multi-disciplinarydesign agency and sustainability advisory that has helped corporations preparethemselves for a more sustainable future.JohN ThACkArA is the founder of Doors of Perception and the author of In the Bubble:Designing in a Complex World (MIT Press).kAPIl DAs is co-founder of BlindBoys, an internationally exhibited photo commune, aswell as a co-founder of innovation studio Quicksand.lAkshMI MUrThy is a social communication designer from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India andfounder of Vikalp Design. Her work focuses on visual languages for non-literate and low-literacy audiences.M P rANJAN is a Design thinker and Independent Academic from Ahmedabad, author ofthe blog Design for India and co-editor of the compendium Handmade in India.MEENA kADrI is an educator, designer, and author of culture blog randomspecific, aswell as Community Manager of OpenIDEO.NICo MACDoNAlD is Head of Innovation at Creative Industries iNet, a UK program forhelping the creative sector thrive, and a London based writer and strategist. His work hasappeared in Eye, Blueprint, Creative Review, Design Week, PRINT, and I.D.PooJA sooD is Director of Khoj, an artist-led forum for urban experimentation and co-creator of The Khoj Book.rAJEsh DAhIyA is founder and principal at CoDesign, a brand communication designstudio that believes it is time to innovate what-you-stand-for and how-you-say-it.rIChArD EIsErMANN is the co-founder of the London based service design practice—Prospect, and has extensive experience as a service designer & strategist in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural projects.sANTosh DEsAI is the MD & CEO of Futurebrands brand consultancy, and is a wellknown social commentator through his writings around society, culture and life in India.Vk MADhAVAN is a TED Fellow and Executive Director of the Central HImalayan RuralAction Group, focusing on integrative development in the Kumaun region.VArUN MAThUr is a Delhi-based documentary film maker focusing on issues of identityand media. His work has appeared in international film festivals and national television.
  8. 8. PErForMErsTechnoDrome / BeatRepeat /EyeMyth / Salon der AlchemistenMArkUs DETMEr (Germany)TIMo rEUBEr (Germany)ANDy gUhl (Switzerland)sIlVEr sEEDs (Switzerland)4yoUrEyE (Austria)B.l.o.T. (India)NUClEyA (India)kohrA (India)sATTyANANDA (India)orgANIzErs PArTNEr FEsTIVAlsUnBox is the culmination of efforts of four • Beatrepeatsuccessful Indian creative practices that have • TechnoDromeexemplified the value of inter-disciplinary • EyeMythcollaborations as the means of driving impact • salon der Alchemistenand change. Together these studios form the The UnBOX experience is designed to beThe Box Collective: completed by the experiences of four parallelQuicksand (www.quicksand.co.in) multi-disciplinary festivals, which are held on theCodesign (www.codesign.in) evenings. Registration to UnBox grants accessB.l.o.T. (www.blottin.blogspot.com) and benefits at these events automatically.BlindBoys (www.blindboys.org) wEBsITE www.UNBoxFEsTIVAl.CoM rEgIsTEr rEgIsTEr@UNBoxFEsTIVAl.CoM PRINCIPAL SPONSORS MEDIA PARTNER