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The 1947 Partition Archive
I'm a recent Cal ('14) grad who enjoys developing and implementing solutions to global problems using human-centered design thinking. For the past year and half, I've worked at The 1947 Partition Archive, a non-profit dedicated to crowd-sourcing and archiving oral histories of Partition in South Asia. Our goal is to get the international community involved in learning about and preserving history by training them to be oral history interviewers within their own networks and communities. This idea centers on storytelling as a way to encourage grassroots empathy, perpetuate inter-communal harmony, and documenting history as events experienced by the people at large (as opposed to history experienced by the powerful and wealthy).
For the last half of 2014, I moved to Delhi, India to start up the first South Asian branch of the Archive . This was by far one of the most challenging things I have ever had done in my life. It involved stepping outside of my comfort zone, being entrepreneurial in a new country and cultural space, taking risks, and balancing instincts with reason & research. Design thinking certainly helped me understand my new environment and take stock of how my normal way of doing things might need to change to adapt to new challenges.
There is a lot more to be said about this experience, of course! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.