The Conference also includes a “Learning Partnerships” space where you can have a stall with charts, etc. and interact with participants individually. For example, if you have been cycling or have an all solar-energised home, you can have a stall on these themes.

Jayawanth Bharadwaj, a Software Engineer is an ecoconsultant, member of the Residents Association management committee. Interests: Decentralized, sustainable communities his stall will be on “Community Initiative for Water Management”

This stall provides a simple easy to understand model of water reforms implemented at Rainbow Drive Layout – a gated community of 200+ houses. The key is to get started. Typically, everyone complains and the few who like to initiate change, feel powerless to change public attitude and behavior. An organized methodical approach even by a few committed individuals can provide the impetus for extensive community wide water reforms. Once you decide to lead, you discover that there are several who are keen to follow, provided your analysis is thorough and complete. Water scarcity is a certainty especially in an urban setup and it is imperative that we understand and learn to manage it without waiting for government action. Schools, Apartments or gated communities can adapt this approach to alleviate their water problems through correct pricing, proper treatment, investments in infrastructure, RWH, staff and education, incentives and penalties for consumers.

Rajesh Thakkar has been dabbling with Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living for almost a decade. Starting with Solar and Wind energy to Biofuels, he has done various designs and installations for homes and farms. Currently, besides working on multiple Solar and Wind projects he is focused on Natural Farming and constructing houses using Earthbags. He lives in a house that is completely powered by Solar energy and has been constructed using various low-energy construction techniques. He can be reached at

Daily Dump is involved in developing a range of composting solutions, and already has a number of simple home Composters. The Daily Dump products are designed to ensure that you compost at home, conveniently and hygienically.

Daily Dump is an open source project, protected under the creative commons licence. Ideas from systems theory, sustainable development, design methods, sacred geometries, craft development, Indira Darshinis (standup Indian fast food places), the open source movement, micro-enterprise, facilitative processes and design - have all influenced the project.

There are Daily Dump clones in 15 cities of India making a business for themselves. You can also find the local version of the Daily Dump terracotta composters in Chile and Brazil.

A member from their team (Anupama M, Savitha GV, Shwetha Shettar and Vinita)will anchor this stall.

Shammi Nanda is a film-maker by profession. He has been experimenting with Conscious Kitchen through workshops. He will focus on the best ways to prepare and cook food such that bodies digest with ease .He will also dwell on nature of cooking and taking care of the waste it generates. A conscious kitchen is what can help us tune into nature within and around us.

  1. Learning Partnerships