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Design & People identify how design can intervene to make a contribution to the ongoing efforts to improve the lives of people disadvantaged by war, disability, and political and environmental conditions. We unite and encourage graphic, industrial and architectural designers to use their experience and skills towards social and humanitarian projects. Mission: Design For People In Need.

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Ravindra Ranasinha Ravindra Ranasinha: Shri Ravindra Ranasinha is a man who dons many hats. Dramatist, journalist, sociologist, educationist and social worker, he writes profusely on the current political situation in Sri Lanka. Ranasinha works on making school education a multicultural sphere as he believes it will enable the children to accept and appreciate the diversity in the Sri Lankan social environment.

Ravindra Ranasinha has written several essays on how the media is responsible for shaping the mindset of the people in the current Sri Lankan political scenario. He is the auther of "Dramatherapy In Sri Lanka". Ravindra has translated several books on Philosophy and Art Criticism into Sinhala, these include: Michel Foucault (History of Sexuality), Simone de Beauvoir (Second Sex), Walter Benjamin's lectures on 'Author as Producer' and 'Art in the age of mechanical reproduction'. He lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka and works as a social activist for 'Friends of Tibet' and Design & People. He is also an Advisor to Centre for Social & Political Art' (CSPA), India.

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Sethu Das Sethu Das: After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, Shri Sethu Das went to Srinagar for a visit and 'accidentally' reached Dharamshala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile. And found his calling in life. Moved by the stories of Chinese atrocities in Tibet related to him by Tibetan political prisoners, he founded the 'Friends of Tibet', Indian people’s movement for an Independent Tibet in 1999 with one member, an organisation he never registered. He is also the Executive Director of 'World Tibet Day' and one of the Founding Members of 'Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing', a philanthropic initiative by Friends of Tibet that restores, propagates and promotes the endangered traditions and practices of Tibet. Among other things, Sethu has the rare distinction of dropping out from the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, one of the premier institutes in India.

In 2003, Sethu Das co-founded 'Design & People' with the slogan — 'Design For People In Need'. Today Design & People is a global network of graphic and industrial designers and architects working towards social and humanitarian projects.

In 2014, Sethu Das founded 'Centre for Social & Political Art' (CSPA), India's first institution dedicated for Social & Political art in a joint venture between Design & People and Sylviander Museum. He has held workshops on Social and Political Design in India and abroad and has curated shows including — "Re-Designing the East: Political Design in Asia and Europe". Sethu Das has worked with The Economic Times, Netscribes India and IIT Bombay as a Consultant and a Resource Faculty to National Institute of Design (NID). He was also an International Observer to Sri Lanka and to several other conflict regions. From being a designer, to starting a socially-conscious design movement, he is a man of varied tastes and talents. You won't however find him enjoying a bottle of Coca-Cola!

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Suku Dass Suku Dass: Suku Dass is the Chief Architect of SukuDass Architects, Kochi, Kerala, a firm responsible for some of the major landmarks in the state since its establishment in 1998. In the year 2003, he co-founded Design & People with the slogan — 'Design For People In Need'. Today Design & People is a global network of graphic and industrial designers, writers and architectural designers working towards social and humanitarian projects in India. His architectural contributions have been featured in various magazines and television programmes. Suku Dass heads the architectural section of Design & People, an organisation he co-founded.

Suku Dass is a Campaigner with Friends of Tibet, a Tibet Support Group and one of the Founding Members of Friends of Tibet Foundation for the Wellbeing, a philanthropic initiative by Friends of Tibet, a non-profit organisation founded in 1999 to support the cause of Tibet and to create awareness about the issue of Tibet amongst people all over the world. Suku Dass is also one of the Managing Trustees of 'Centre for Social & Political Art' India's first institution dedicated for social & political art, a joint venture between Design & People and Sylviander Museum.

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