Facilitating change inside and outside.
The overarching theme of this reflection of change within and without, I believe, is a process, a process that every designer should incorporate before making a decision or solving an issue. This method helps you to fully immerse yourself in the subject matter. Following our A1 in-class discussion, I recall this remark causing a shift within me and, as a result, outside in terms of my line of inquiry. The topic of conversation was natural heritage and wildlife management, and Bindu brought up how we often associate nature with travelling to a forest or a hill station, and we forget about the nature that surrounds us. Do we consider the trees in our immediate surroundings to be part of nature? Do I think of it as a nature? This brief but powerful conversation got me thinking about my relationship with the natural world around me. It reminded me of one of my previous semester’s readings by Lata Mani on “The Tamarind Tree,” in which she described the entire tree as a single ecosystem, and it made me wonder how many of these ecosystems exist inside the urban context I am currently in. As a result, I began to pay more attention to the immediate natural heritage and animal setting.
This shift within resulted in a shift outward, allowing me to quickly narrow down my field of study from wildlife management to urban wildlife management. Apart from that, reading David Archer and Sara Cottingham’s mother manual provided a foundation for understanding the concept of change, both within and outside. As a result of this, I was able to understand a thin line that exists between being a designer for change and being a facilitator of change. As a facilitator, you don’t have to be the change leader; rather, you should stay in the background and only come forward when the change processes appear to be frozen, then go back. It’s about enabling the stakeholders and immediate impact group to drive the change. As a result, as a designer, I believe that introducing this change of not throwing out solutions for problems but rather guiding them to emerge on their own is where my change begins.