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Presidio: Permaculture to Save a Disappearing Culture

For Presidio Graduate School's International Sustainability Club, we’ve partnered with Tri Hita Karana Bali, an organization dedicated to preserving Balinese culture through teaching and supporting permaculture in various ways, with a primary focus on preserving the lifestyle of farmers and organic farming practices.

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From post-its to pollination to storyboarding, bringing it all together

Team Mangosteen stiches together 30+ interviews and reconnects with their brilliant Presidio Colleagues.

After a whirlwind 4 days of multiple interviews and nightly sticky-noting, my team had finally reached the day of synthesis. With all the time in transit and the faces and figures on the walls, that sudden expulsion from the Hear phase practically gave me whiplash, and yet I knew that if we put off digesting all those interviews we'd never have any deliverables to pass. So we reviewed our interview days and all the post it notes, then dove into affinity clustering. From clusters and themes we discussed our interpretations and our key insights, which we then organized with frameworks of farming+culture and education and innovation in a venn diagram.

For a break, we went to a cafe to prepare a powerpoint presentation for our project partner, which was slightly nerve-racking because we were to present to many interviewees and noteworthy people in the community. During our preparation evening we also got to enjoy a cross-pollination exercise in which all our three  project groups toured each other's rooms and walls of post-its to hear project descriptions and brainstorm recommendations. I was struck by the overlap in our projects due to Bali being a small island and its sustainability communities interwoven in their goals and issues. 

The cross pollination was my favorite part of the HCD process, because we got to see the process through different eyes on familiar material - I'll never forget the rows of rainbow post-its or how impressed I was with our colleagues work and suggestions. Bali Recycling and JED Eco Tourism have specific suggestions and framework for marketing their services. In our presentation to Tri Hita Karana / Wow Bali we wove together the organizational players in the tightly-knit Sustainable Dynamics community and made recommendations to facilitate communication and collaboration, such as digitizing project storytelling and progress reports, a great skill building opportunity for youth in training at Process Space in line with what they're already learning. Our project partners have a one-two punch of community trust and media skills - what a privilege it was to work with Pak Tri and Hai Dai! 

Thanks to all of our amazing partners and the HCD guided process, this has been a very successful trip for Presidio's International Sustainability Club.

How did you use the HCD Toolkit and / or human-centered design as part of the project?

In the Create phase, we started with affinity clusters and worked into key insights and recommendations.

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Hailey O'Connor

Thank you for sharing this story Stephanie! I love that you and your team had an opportunity for "cross-pollination"; that can be a very powerful moment. Did you have the opportunity to participate in this through the whole research/interview process, or was this the first time that all three project group really had the chance to explore and brainstorm together about what the other groups had been tackling?

Hai Dai

Thank you for your wonderful synopsis on our efforts here at WOW Bali. It means a lot to us!

Your story in review about "a one-two punch of community trust and media skills" is one we are very proud of. I was a major hurdle for us since we being here almost four years. To gain the Balinese trusts within their community alone is difficult; yet alone introduce New Media technology was an uphill battle. The Balinese have a deep orals traditions (coconut wire) and communication via their religious gathering via music and dance based on traditional processes. Computers are expensive tools for the average villager which most of them don’t have access to; plus they are very hesitant to have those desire since they cannot afford it. If it was not for the advent of smart phones via Facebook in the past couple of years and since our core New Media program based on mobile technology (iPhones/iPads) we would not have made leeway.

It is still an uphill battle since we are technically outsiders, bringing on new technology skills to villager whom cannot afford such pricey tools. To achieve this, we did a lots of free new media work and went to every ceremony, both personal and social events, and documented for people and relationships that was important to our relationships AS WELL AS not so important relationships. When you are living in a tight knit community, it is important NOT to ignore any one. Count on words getting around. Do be careful as my friend Dagus, a local professional artist, stated that the “Balinese are very jealous; even among their people.” If you help one succeed and not others they will gossip bad news. For us it didn’t matter helping anyone whom wanted to be help with New Media are part of our goals in engaging their creative culture to share and learn. I have taught twenty of the best New Media kids in the world according to UNESCO Digital Young Creators programs and I wanted to case studies how does a creative culture apply what we think is the greatest innovations since “the wheel.”

My story of the cow herder whom always came through our parking lot with his cows in the evening is one of my favorites. He parade through like he owned our own land and demanded to get his photo taken with his cows. I often stop in the middle of my busy programs to take his picture for him. I would holler out at me to come out and take his pictures and sometimes he demanded that I give him money. Of course without hesitation, I did it gladly. I love that fact that a bare foot farmer is ordering me around with such confidant! I love that he tells me to retake if he doesn't like it. As an creative director for over 25 years, working for some of he largest design and technology company, I love that our village cow herder is giving me art directions. There is something great about emptying your cup and filling it with someone else's advice. Most of all, it makes him feel good and I feel I am truly affecting people with my creativity and technology. That cow herded turned out to be the village chief's of Pengosekan’s older brother and gave me a thumb’s up at their father's cremation in front of the family. This has gotten me great trust and support from the family. They laugh at me when the herder put his arms around me and says "he top man!" As the family and the villagers burst out into laughter saying "NO he laptop man!" Later the same year, Pak Wayan the village chief allowed me to run my Ngayah (free volunteer) programs out of his two story building at no cost; until we created a money revenue.

Hai Dai