Any enterprise that addresses needs and pain points for the public is a powerful tool for social change. Our project right now works with rural youth in exploring possibilities for ways to use this to ensure every child in India is connected to nature.
- Creating curriculums or courses for schools to imbibe nature connection as part of their system
- Documenting the results of regular nature play in multiple schools and educational institutes that we have been visiting regularly.
- Compiling a book on nature play games and facilitation methods that an adult can use to connect a child to nature, particularly in an Indian setting.
- Working with communities and local clubs to set up celebratory spaces for nature.
The GRIN Process
This is our attempt to verbalize a process that we go through with each child who plays with us.
We often slip in and out of the circle, always allowing play to guide us where we want to go next. We have also found that the children’s ages seem to coincide with where they are in this process. Curiosity and Empathy being the predominant area for children under 9 to be exploring. After that, until around 12, adventures are the preferred flavour. 13 starts with questions and the desire to find their own set of right and wrong or habits or path. The cycle often ends with them going back to facilitating connection for younger children. When that happens is very much based on each individual.