One street-element at a time we shall make a difference!
Goals of the Power of Seeing Project
from the technology of mindful, sustained, proactive seeing, the Power
of Seeing Project uses photography, film, print, internet, and CD-ROMs
to achieve the following goals.
Term Goals :
Exhibitions: Publicize pertinent information, insights, observations, data collected by children through exhibitions within schools
Posters: hold poster making workshops to create installations and make informative posters and banners to be displayed on school buses. Petrol pumps and other public spaces
Emergency Helpline Numbers: We plan to organize the children from various schools to lobby for emergency helpline numbers as well as phone numbers of municipal agencies directly accountable for common civic amenities and publicize them on boundary walls of schools for the benefit of the neighborhood
in School Curriculum: Our effort will be to lobby for the inclusion
of the "Power of Seeing: Humane Urban Design Project" as a
part of school curriculum
Book: And finally to convert the assimilated material into a handsomely
produced work-book for schools which will include hands-on exercises,
tasks, assignments, worksheets with interactive CD-ROMs and cut-out
report cards that can be filled and sent by the children to the concerned
municipal agencies in their respective town/city.
The reporting and lobbying prove to be bonus add-ons. The whole exercise of seeing, documenting, organizing, sharing and reporting leading to lobbying, converts children-citizens to become "seeing and concerned citizens." The message that gets circulated is that we care, we see, we register, we know and expect better, thus we expect change! And conversely the message that reaches the authorities is that "the people are seeing, they are looking!" and that is enough! Today we have all other resources in plenty; the only thing missing is a sense of identification with the environment on one hand and lack of accountability and will on the other. The exercise of mindful, proactive and most importantly sustained seeing instills just that!!!