About the Fellowships
A core component of the UnBox Festival, the Fellowships have been designed to explore the scope of interdisciplinary partnerships. Five distinct projects have been created to explore the collaborative potential of design, film, technology and art. The kinetic energy emerging from these immersive experiences is defined by the tagline – “Action at the Intersections”.
The themes of the fellowships are based on ‘design thinking’ for: sustainable communities, innovation in digital media, entrepreneurship and new technologies. And the objective for each fellowships team will be to devise a solutions-focused project that may have a social return, or may become a commercially viable venture in the longer term.
The scope of each fellowship has been carefully developed with the five Host organizations and our partners, the British Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Science and Innovation Network of the British High Commission.
About the Hosts
UnBuild – PeopleTree
PeopleTree is an independent arts and crafts business that combines a sense of social and ecological responsibility with the spirit of collective creativity. The UnBuild opportunity is built around PeopleTree’s new collaborative project with Delhi based restaurant ‘Gunpowder’ to establish a location in Goa. Their goal is to develop this new venture into a demonstration space for a more ecologically active approach to art, food, crafts and heritage.
UnTill – Digital Green
Digital Green is dedicated to improving the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of small farmer livelihoods. They aim to raise the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through the targeted production and dissemination of agricultural information via participatory video and mediated instruction through grassroots-level partnerships.
UnMap – Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI)
CRCI’s vision is to preserve and promote India’s cultural heritage with active community participation. CRCI consistently tries to harmonize the imperatives of heritage conservation with the historic and current realities of the site. They follow an interdisciplinary method and works in close association with environmental, financial and urban planners, as well as people with a background from the humanities and social sciences to bridge the gap between heritage conservation and community development.
UnPlay – Quicksand
Quicksand is a multi-disciplinary innovation consultancy, bringing user-centered design principles to the core of any innovation effort. They have successfully delivered on several new services, products, brands and developmental strategies, creating both measurable social and business impact.
UnVeil – PRS Legislative
PRS Legislative Research, based in Delhi, has been set up with the objective of making the legislative process better informed, more transparent and participatory. Set up in 2005, PRS is the only organisation in the country that tracks the functioning of Parliament. PRS provides a comprehensive and credible resource base to access Parliament-specific data, background information and analysis of key issues.
About the Partners
The British Council
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide.
Science and Innovation Network, British High Commission New Delhi
The UK’s Science and Innovation Network in India has a wealth of experience in building UK-India partnerships. We have a number of aims, including facilitating international collaborations and using our knowledge to influence policy development. Like India, the UK recognises the huge potential benefits from science and innovation. As such, the British government has protected investments in science and research, and is developing centres to encourage links between universities and enterprises, helping to turn great research into commercial opportunities.
Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
The AHRC is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, along with the other UK Research Councils. The AHRC is governed by its Council, which is responsible for its overall strategic direction, and we are incorporated by Royal Charter. Our vision is to be a recognised world leader in advancing arts and humanities research.