“There is a water crisis today.
But the crisis is not about having too little water to satisfy our needs.
It is a crisis of managing water so badly that billions of people
– and the environment – suffer badly."
The amount of fresh water in the world is limited. The Human race and other species which share the planet cannot expect an infinite supply of finite water. It is noted that the earth has regeneration capacity for water to sustain about 4 billion where as we are already at 7.3 billion people and growing.
Human-centered design is great for mops and phones, but it won’t solve society’s biggest basic problems.
It is said that wheel was invented about ten thousand years ago, but it was only in the 1970 that it was fixed on to our luggage. The fundamental idea behind human-centered design is that, to find the best solution, design and develop an empathetic understanding of the people they are designing for and create a solution.
But, if you step back for a moment, you start to see a problem:
We’ve been designing the world, real hard, for decades now and we haven’t made a dent in a single real problem.
What do I mean by “real problem”?
I mean real problems. The big ones. The kind that shake us to the core of our humanity and threaten our long-term viability. Like Water, power, environment, income inequality, discrimination and the list goes on.
Right now, there are water woes, new term DAY ZERO repeating world over. And, unfortunately, current method of adjustment by sourcing water from water rich areas and delivering the same to water poor areas won’t fix any of it. We are creating further unforeseen problems. While we are working to fight one side of it, the other side is becoming water poor. We can’t hope to make progress by chipping away at one piece of the problem while ignoring the others. That too at huge financial inputs and disruption, which will eventually come back to us humans in terms of taxes and disrupt other areas of need like education, infrastructure, health which will take a back seat.
We have to come out with a solution that addresses the problem from all sides. It’s about observing the big picture and then zeroing in on a manageable set of insights and variables, and solving for those.
We inch our way forward. Chipping away at one side while the other burns out of control. We can no longer create and dispose, but we need to create and re-use and yet be frugal to the extent possible. We need to understand complexity of really big problems — and start to solve for them systemically keeping our focus on sustainability.
With us it’s about getting rid of our culture of competition and creating a new culture of collaboration. If we start ignoring the corporate and political silos separating us, we can collaboratively combine lots of focused solutions, allowing us to knit them together into a single tapestry that truly covers an entire problem. There are lots of solutions out there. We just don’t have a thread pulling them together.
We can change the world. But the way we’re going about it right now isn’t cutting it. If we want to design our way out of the big issues, we need to take a critical look at our approach come together and address all facets for human sustenance.
Therefore we have designed for the full life cycle water, where in first the fresh water is used frugally, secondly the outcome grey water is reused to flush thus completing full life cycle of water. And this total effect has led to reduction in water, power and pollution.
We have created a design framework that allows us, in small ways across all facets of a problem. Like the lots of tiny rain droplets which fill our dams and rivers. Correction can be made to avoid the water crisis, which affects every human being.
Towards a way to improve the situation
An attempt by our company
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