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Collective Action and self governance for making local environments better

Years of governmental neglect and apathy has motivated people towards collective action in a remote North-East Indian village. How might we facilitate individuals and communities to collaborate at a global and local level for self empowerment?

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A young IAS officer in a remote corner of North -east India had motivated local villagers to build a road that connects them to mainland India. An outbreak of malaria that resulted in deaths of hundreds of villagers motivated this officer to take matter into his own hands. He turned to facebook to crowdsource the construction of all weather, motorable road.

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The website for the cause:

The enthusiasm of the young officer motivated the local villagers and the global community alike and they started pooling in resources and manpower. The excited officer says

The villagers, too, have contributed as per their capabilities: some are providing food and accommodation for the workers; some are supplying fuel for the earthmovers. They have also provided manpower for the project. We did not have to engage a contractor with so many people volunteering to shoulder that responsibility”.


How can we, as designers and problem-solvers, facilitate this local cause for self-sustainability?

How can we foster collaboration between the global and local community?

How do we tackle governmental red-tape and maintain upheld democratic sovereignty while empowering people towards self governance and collective action?


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