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!
Why I think human-centered design is the answer?
Community are the drivers of the process
I believe communities have the answers, often no one asks them. HCD prioritizes the lived experiences of those most affected by the problem and hence are kept in the centre of the entire design process.
More inclusion leads to sustainable design.
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 the quality of the results.
Decision making should be decentralized.
When we are hearing the voices of those a!ected by a problem and including them in decision making, we are decentralising power to the community and building their change-making capacity.