Why dHive: The Context
Social interventions these days, initiated by governmental and non-governmental organizations, often miss the mark. Technical solutions developed with an urban perspective tend to fail in the rural scenario, in terms of acceptance and adoptability due to low community penetration and non- adherence to the local, socio-cultural context of the region. There is a need for technological development which is both appropriate and participatory. The solution lies among the rural children and youth of these communities who are capable of solving complex issues with simple ideas due to an innate understanding of their very own surroundings. However, they lack a proper structure and platform to build these ideas on. dHive aims to be that platform for them.
The dHive model uses a participatory approach in solving local problems locally. The approach strives to address a multitude of challenges that include – lack of ownership, dependence on external organizations for rural development, urban migration and unemployed youth. The model strives towards four Sustainable Developmental Goals:
Design Thinking Toolkit
dHive is based on a meticulously designed Design Thinking Toolkit adapted to the scenario of rural India that enables the local community to solve their own problems using solutions available in their midst. The modules enables the community to solve their most pressing problems that have existed for generations. Children empathize with their families and people in their community who are faced with these problems and the design toolkit are used in schools, to help bridge the gap between mainstream education and practical application of knowledge using simple and effective methods to enthuse and engage the children; to get them thinking. Community (adults) validation and engagement play an integral part throughout the testing and deployment process thereby making the product developed both foolproof and adoptable.
How dHive is different?
Paradigm Shift in BoP model:
Most Design institutes around the world, use the BoP (Bottom of Pyramid) model of design thinking. An inherent problem of lack of ownership and out of contextual mapping plagues this model. Our successful approach of completely engaging the local community in the design process through our toolkit, overcomes the perspective deviations of designers and engineers in solving grassroots problems.
Coming back to Indigenous Practices:
We encourage indigenous practices to be used in combination with modern techniques, developing solutions that are most sustainable and also in local context. Use of locally available materials is encouraged and ensured that the community is less dependent on expensive tools like 3D printing and laser cutting.
Not only we have been succesfful in enabling the rural communities in our locations to innovate and solve problems, but we also enable them to become young entrepreneurs. The products developed by the young innovators are locally manufactured, inspired by the redistributed manufacturing model, that generates alternative livelihoods for the women.
Open Source Grassroots Network:
We are building a network of open source grassroots innovations, to be openly accessible to communities around the world.