How It Began
In the second edition of the multidisciplinary festival UnBox in 2012, co-founded by Codesign, we curated a thought-provoking series of lectures by creative professionals who were using their skills to address issues and initiate change. The speakers included Sonali Khan of Breakthrough, Stalin K of Video Volunteers, Nitesh Mohanty of The Root and Richard van der Laken & Pepijn Zurburg of The Daily Gorilla. Each of these speakers, through their work, had demonstrated the power of communication design as a catalyst for change.
After a hiatus of about six months, we sat down to look at the learnings from the past Rising efforts, to understand the best possible manner in which the urge to do something could be channelized. One key outcome of this, was the decision to not formulate a specific format of execution or address a laundry list of issues. We decided to scale back the vision, to a more personal and immediate environment, addressing issues that affect us as individuals. This decision made the intent more localised, and brought it closer to personal experience, with the idea being—let’s start by making a difference, here and now. Rising, we hope, will serve as inspiration and proof-of-concept towards the capacity of a small group of individuals to make a difference.
The independent projects that will be created in-house under Rising are a very important component of this, since they present a real-life, hands-on view of what it takes to create self-initiated interventions at the level of individuals and small groups.