Presidio: Presenting + Sharing Our Thoughts on Preserving Bali’s Culture via Permaculture
On our last day, we presented our process of using the HCD Toolkit along with our key insights and recommendations to our project partners and a number of those we interviewed and met with during our time in Bali.
What a great end to our project! On our last day, we presented our process of using the HCD Toolkit along with our key insights and recommendations to a surprisingly large group, which included our project partners – Hai Dai and Pak Tri – and a number of those we interviewed and met with during our time in Bali. It was the first time our team had ever given a presentation in English and then had it translated into Balinese. Guess there is a first for everything! Needless to say, it was a real thrill to present to everyone what we had learned along the way as outsiders coming into Bali.
Bali’s culture is very rich and complex so it was difficult to fully understand every challenge Bali’s currently facing; however, the HCD Toolkit really allowed us to see a different side of Bali (within our limited time frame) that the majority of travelers most likely never see when visiting this beautiful island. The day before our big presentation, we thoroughly explored the Create section of the HCD Toolkit starting with Extracting Key Insights, Finding Themes, Creating Frameworks, and ending with Creating Opportunity Areas. Doing all of this in just one day was a lot but very useful as we were able to organize our thoughts.
While presenting our findings, we made sure to keep repeating that we were outsiders with only a week in Bali so our recommendations may not be the right solutions. However, whether or not our recommendations will be used does not matter as we believe that just our presence and our act of asking these types of questions about how to prevent Bali’s culture from diminishing helped reinforce this important issue to the community, forcing those we interviewed to voice and share their concerns for Bali’s future.
We found that on Bali behavior change only happens through personal storytelling and that “seeing is believing.” Word of mouth is the best way to share information to others so the key is to see if we can make “word of mouth” digital so that it’s available to a larger audience. In our interviews, we learned that farmers who wanted to build a bio-digester would simply Google it so clearly there is a desire to learn about ways to protect farmland through permaculture. One of our suggestions included creating an online platform for all of Bali so that experts like Caroline, Chakra, and Pak Tri can share their expertise with more people. Of course, this is easier said then done but who said that preserving a culture would be a simple task. Unfortunately, other countries including Japan, Malaysia, and India share Bali’s problem. Interestingly these countries used different methods such as creating a rice cartoon character in order to instill more pride for farming. These methods have apparently worked in Japan as the country is now seeing a resurgence in farming among the younger generation who are now moving from the city to the countryside to start a farm or traveling from the city to the countryside on the weekends to experience working in the fields. Our hope is for HCD Connect to be a way for people in different countries to connect so that we can continue to solve these challenges that threaten the culture many of us travel to see and experience.
As part of our presentation, we shared with everyone additional tools we have learned at Presidio that may be applicable for those we met with. These tools included using the Business Model Canvas, Scenario Planning, and World Café to make sure the organizations are financially sustainable, strategic, and sharing information with others who share similar goals. All is all we cannot wait to talk to Hai Dai and Pak Tri in the near future to see what sort of impact our work has had if any and the progress of their amazing work to try and preserve Bali’s culture through permaculture.