AMBASSADOR, THE 5 GYRES INSTITUTE - NEW YORK CITY

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. 

My final year research project at Parsons - Poly-Sea focused on changing consumer behaviour when it comes to plastic packaging. While presenting my project at different events around New York City, I also spoke about the research and work being done by the institute. 

POST DISPOSABLE WORKSHOP - ÅRHUS, DENMARK

I attended the Post Disposable Design Workshop, 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.

 

We learnt a lot from each other as we were from diverse professional backgrounds, working on similar problem areas. It helped me develop my systems thinking tools and create a new network of like-minded creative changemakers. 

SHAPE CHANGING MATERIALS WORKSHOP - NEW YORK CITY

I was a part of the Shape Changing Materials Workshop, a 3-day collaborative that explored the potential of shape changing clothing through alternative ways of integrating smart memory alloys (SMA) with fabric. 

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. 

MARINE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER - 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! 

I 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. I was also a part of a team that collected and analysed marine debris on a weekly basis through beach cleans, and interacted with the local community on awareness about the reefs in a nearly fishing village called Punta Allen.

INTERN, 17000 FT. FOUNDATION - LADAKH, INDIA

I spent 3 months interning with 17000 ft. Foundation which 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. 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 - "Ramites@17000ft" with high school students and "High Altitude Education" with Operation Groundswell.