Intentional Spacesspaces made with love and care

Intentional Spaces was founded in 2019 with the mission to create spaces that enable greater well-being, peace, joy and harmony. Intentional Spaces is an initiative of Shift Education.

About

Over the last few decades, the world at large has undergone radical changes at a pace never seen before in human history. We appear frighteningly disconnected from a real awareness of the effects of our culture upon our being and also the very ecosystem that supports us. Study after study documents the psychological and physical benefits of well-designed spaces, beautiful and aesthetic surroundings and connecting with nature — people who are in such areas are happier, feel more vital, and have more meaning in their lives. We need to reconnect with the soul as well as the soil.

Our mission is to create spaces that can serve communities genuinely, rather than creating a poverty of spirit as well as an ecological wasteland. We intend to create and enable spaces that support health and well-being, peace, joy, harmony, purpose, and life in communities. We are growing in our capacity to live and work from a values-based paradigm that respects the individual and the environment and sees everything as part of the living fabric of a sacred Earth.

We are working on creating a design process that integrates function, economy, performance, and beauty. Central to our process is to invest in the communities we are working with through authentic, collaborative, and meaningful dialogue. Our interest is in the multiplicity of voices — not just our own — to build consensus among those involved and impacted by our projects. We intentionally want to avoid stylistic architecture. We want to create intentional spaces that are driven by research but informed by design. We’re inspired by in-depth exploration, rooting our projects in research, psychology, and a contextual specificity that responds to the nuanced relationship between place, material, and time.

Our project is not yet manifest, and we are in the ideation and creative phase where we are growing in our understanding, expertise, and executive capacity. Right now, we are collaborating with two K12 schools; these are our playgrounds where we will experiment and create. We feel that it will be about 3 to 5 years before we can offer our services to others. Nonetheless, we invite collaborations from like-minded individuals and groups to build research and venture forth on unique explorations.

Backgroundwritten by Pranav

The idea for intentional spaces comes from my readings in psychology. Quite some time ago, I read James Hillman's "City and Soul." It documents how culture, form, environmental aesthetics, and soul are not discrete entities but unconscious expressions of the soul. It also says that spaces, like people, are living beings and have their cycles and rhythms.

Since at least the 60s and 70s, there has been quite some scientific research on how spaces can influence one's soul and mind in positive as well as negative ways. (I'm working on a literature review in our context and will share it. But not soon, in a few weeks, hopefully.)

To work towards beauty and aesthetics, to spend resources and energy to manifest these qualities in spaces is not a luxury for the elect few but an absolute necessity.

When I was reading the book, I was not thinking about doing a project; I just read it. Now that I'm reading the research I'm reasonably convinced that if we transform our environments and spaces, it's unconscious influence alone on individuals has the potential to radically uplift, heal, enable higher attainments, enhance productivity and bring joy and peace.

Team

Priyanka Bhatia

Co-Founder, Research, Development, Implementation

Studied at University of Manchester and Strathclyde University. Focus on digital education practices in the Indian context. Currently ed-tech counselor at K12 schools.

Pranav Kumar

Co-Founder, Research, Design, Development

Studied at Bangalore University and University of Copenhagen. Walked from Kanyakumari to Kashmir with Walk of Hope. Focus on research, design and development.

Neha Jhunjhunwala

Co-Founder, Finance, Implementation

Studied at Bangalore University, Guru Nanak Dev University and Victoria University. Background in banking and sports management. Holds a black belt in taekwondo. Played competitive martial arts, and tennis at the national level. Focus on women empowerment and bringing initiatives to rural schools.

Mitali Luthra

Apprentice, Design, Media, Outreach

Bio coming soon.

Nisha

Apprentice, Design, Development, Media, Outreach

Bio coming soon.

Mentors and Advisors

Deepa Dogra

Mentor, advisor, investor

Studied at Delhi University, CIEFL and University of Cambridge. Research on teaching English language in Indian classrooms. 10 years as principal at Ashoka Hall, Ranikhet. Currently academic director of Cambridge International Schools.

Dr. Brijesh Kumar

Advisor

Studied at Kurukshetra University and IIFT. Served the government for 20 years and then turned entrepreneur. Heads Digital Media Initiatives right now. Also advises policy makers on ed-tech.

Ajay Bhatia

Investor

Started his first company at 19. Now the owner of a multi-national company. Created the first girls-only and IB World school in Punjab.

Sri M

Sri M is a spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist. He is our guide and mentor and has profoundly influenced our life and work.

Contact Us

Email: hello@shift.education