Ambassador FOR The 5 Gyres Institute - New York City, USA
The 5 Gyres Institute empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. I am a part of the 5 Gyres Ambassador Program, a group of individuals from all over the world who volunteer to advocate their mission by conducting workshops and speaking at events. I also do pro-bono design work for the organization.
My final year research project at Parsons focusses on changing consumer behaviour when it comes to plastic packaging. I aim to achieve this by creating a reliable certification seal that ensures that the producer takes responsibility for recycling that product. The certification is a prototype that can potentially be implemented by a reliable and well-established organization in order to have the required funding to promote this movement.
POST DISPOSABLE DESIGN WORKSHOP - Århus, DENMARK
The Post Disposable Design Workshop was an intensive 3-day immersive experience conducted by the UNSCHOOL and Kaospilot. This workshop’s goal was to maximize our capacity to create interventions that help us all shift from the hyper-disposable society we have created, to a more sustainable, regenerative and circular one.
The workshop was a safe space for us to share our own challenges towards advancing circular systems design within our work. We learnt a lot from each other as we were from diverse professional backgrounds, working on similar problem areas. I got to present my project on creating a reliable plastic packaging certification while learning more about promoting sustainable handicrafts in Peru, reducing the use of disposable plastic on College campuses and the value of recycling metal from medical instruments. It also helped me develop my systems thinking tools and create a new network of like-minded creative changemakers.
SHAPE CHANGING MATERIALS WORKSHOP - New York City, USA
The Shape Changing Materials Workshop was a three-day collaborative that explored the potential of shape changing clothing through alternative ways of integrating smart memory alloys (SMA) with fabric. The application of SMA to fabric was visualized through physical simulations using Rhino3D and Grasshopper.
The workshop was hosted by Noumena and Wearshops at Parsons School of Design. As I do not have a background in fashion or electronics, this was my first attempt at understanding wearable technology and smart materials. I found it extremely fascinating and learnt a lot from this experience! We experimented with fabric behaviour contraction using memory wire, muscle wire, springs and bendsoft. We learnt how contrasting fabrics require different levels of voltage in order for the textile to be move freely.
Marine Conservation Project WITH GVI - Pez Maya, Mexico
As a part of the Global Vision International (GVI) volunteer team, I spent the summer of 2016 in Pez Maya with a group of amazing people from around the world! This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work. Through such partnerships, we as volunteers were sure that our efforts were making a serious and measurable impact under the water.
We studied how to identify different coral species using the CoralWatch methodology and collected data determining the ecological health of different species of corals in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve area. The base team I was a part of collected and analysed marine debris on a weekly basis through beach cleans. I was also an active part of education and awareness programs within the local community of a nearby fisherman's village called Punta Allen.
Summer Internship WIth 17000 ft. Foundation - Ladakh, India
Spending three months tucked away in the middle of the Himalayas interning with 17000 ft Foundation was truly one of the best experiences I’ve had so far. The foundation works to improve lives of the people of remote, high altitude mountainous villages of Ladakh, in areas that lie isolated and ignored for centuries due to problems of harsh terrain.
I was a member of the base team in Leh that monitors the libraries and infrastructure set up by the NGO. During my stay, I had the opportunity to visit seven government schools around the valley where I taught students their regular subjects and interact with them through art and storytelling. I was also a Facilitator for two volunteer group projects with TeamUp@17000ft. The first volunteer group: "Ramites@17000ft", with 10 students from The Shri Ram School - Moulsari based in Gurgaon, India and the second group was "High Altitude Education" with Operation Groundswell, an organization based in Canada.