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I am Alisha Mahen, a social designer with a human centred design approach working to create sustainable solutions to social problems from the perspective of those facing the problems. My six years of experience as an educator in underserved communities in India has shown me the realities of working at the grassroot level and hence, I gravitate towards challenges that affect marginalized communities facing inequity. I fundamentally believe that marginalized communities have the solutions, we have just never asked them. And I think of myself as a facilitator, and work towards elevating community voices, building their capacity and ensure sustainable change.

Please say hello - I look forward to conversing with you, collaborating with you, or maybe even grabbing a coffee to chat with you. 


What keeps me up at night?
This video sums it up!


Community drivers of the process

I believe community have the answers, no one has asked them.  HCD prioritizes the lived experiences of those most affected the problem and hence are kept in the centre of the entire process. 


Inclusivity builds Quality

The HCD process focuses on looking at the problem holistically, from multiple lenses (every stakeholder involved in the process) which almost changes the way we look at problems. It builds quality of the results. 


Decentralize decision making 

When you are hearing the voices of those affected by a problem and including them in decision making, you are decentralising power to the community and building their power. ​


Innovation needs to be effective

Innovation should not have to be "fancy" it has to be sustainable and impactful. 

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