Fields of View Quadrimester Reports: October 2023 - January 2024

1. City Game with Global Dialogue Collective
Date: October 11, 2023
Location: Online

On October 11, 2023, Trina Talukdar and Sukanya Deepak from Fields of View engaged in rounds of the City Game with the members of the Global Dialogue Collective. This event took place online. The Global Dialogue Collective comprises professors and humanitarian activists from around the world who come together to explore tools and methodologies for fostering meaningful dialogues.

During the debrief sessions, some participants shared intriguing insights. They expressed that they wouldn’t want to build prisons in their “dream cities.” The process of collectively building a city, even with the freedom to create anything, seemed somewhat chaotic. This made them realize the numerous complexities of urban planning. In this exercise, the lack of communication and shared vision created a hodgepodge rather than a cohesive urban environment. Some participants also contemplated the idea that the “dream city” might not exist at all, prompting them to consider how they could improve their current circumstances and surroundings.

Global Dialogue enables independent funders to work together to realise ambitious goals and create lasting change. They are a platform for philanthropic partnership, assisting donors to develop shared strategies, test new approaches, and deliver lasting impact by aligning grants or pooling funds.

A video of Trina facilitating the City Game with participants from the Global Dialogue Collective.

Note: This session was provided free of charge, aligning with the vision of the Global Dialogue Collective to make dialogue tools accessible to all without financial barriers.

2. Come, Explore with Us Workshop
Date: November 12, 2023
Location: Cubbon Park, Bangalore

On Sunday, November 12, 2023, the Ambedkar Reading Circle (ARC) in Cubbon Park, Bangalore, incorporated a customized version of Fields of View’s City Game into their ‘Come, Explore with Us’ workshop with over 40 participants. The aim was to prompt participants to reconsider the traditional servicer-server relationship between formal and informal sectors in a city. The workshop collected valuable data on participants’ perceptions of formal and informal sectors and their interactions.

Ambedkar Reading Circle (ARC) Bangalore, an anti-caste collective, focuses on reclaiming public spaces through collective reading of anti-caste literature and discussions on caste, gender, and other oppressive systems. Their initiative, ‘Come, Explore with Us,’ utilizes art and design tools to explore caste dynamics in Bengaluru.

3. Designuru 4.0 Workshop
Date: January 24, 2023
Location: Rangoli Metro Art Center, Bangalore

On January 24, 2024, Karthik and Sukanya from Fields of View engaged in the City Game at the DesignUru 4.0 Festival with over 20 participants, alongside esteemed names and design practitioners from Bangalore StudioSorted one of the curators for the fourth edition of Designuru. The Indian Institute of Interior Designers Bangalore Regional Chapter (IIID BRC) hosted its fourth design festival, Designuru 4.0, from January 19 to 25 at the Rangoli Metro Boulevard, bringing design to the masses. As a part of the ‘design inclusivity’ brand new vertical at Designuru, alongside ‘Emerging Practices’, the city game session is being held.

Studio Sorted Org is a dynamic design firm that helps brands create bold, transformative and immersive experiences for their audiences.Moreover, as part of the Indian Institute of Interior Designers, the Bangalore Regional Chapter (IIID BRC) is a leading association representing the interior design industry in Bangalore, India. Who has organised the workshop.

4. Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Date: January 24, 2023
Location: Online

On January 24, 2024, Trina and Sandesh from Fields of View led an engaging session of Solemnly Resolve with over 20 participants including faculty members and students from Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology. In this gameplay, biodiversity conservationists stepped into the shoes of small business owners, policymakers, and politicians, broadening their perspectives on climate change policy in the country.

Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, is an esteemed institution known for its focus on art, design, and technology education. Located in Bangalore, India

5. Solemnly Resolve on Republic Day
Date: January 26, 2024
Location: Online

On January 26, 2024, Trina, Sandesh and Karthik from Fields of View facilitated an engaging online session of Solemnly Resolve with the public, marking the 75th year of the Indian Constitution. This game provided a safe space for reflection and envisioned a hopeful future amidst contemporary developments in the country. It served as a platform to ponder how we reached this point.

With over 12 Participants, Solemnly Resolve, an online game, participants were served with reimagined the preamble to the constitution, reflecting their own values. In this immersive experience, players assumed the role of a citizen, navigating their needs, wants, and aspirations, while also grappling with the consequences of their choices. The open game session extended an invitation for participants to collaboratively build a new constitution based on their ideals, prompting reflection on how these ideals manifest for the nation. It was an insightful and participatory exploration into the foundations of our constitutional journey. Participants, in turn, shared valuable insights after playing Solemnly Resolve. They discussed the game’s impact on understanding decision-making at a larger scale, explored the complexities of crafting laws and policies, and reflected on the challenges of consensus building. Frustrations surfaced regarding the exposure of motivations in the game, yet participants found the experience enlightening, with a profound appreciation for learning about decision-making in various contexts. The significance of policy windows and navigating decisions based on interests emerged as key takeaways.