Building Resilience frugally | Vishwanath Srikantaiah | TEDxPollachi


Rising rates of urbanisation and consumption and the rising need for sustainable lifestyles creates a tension that needs to be constantly negotiated. What are some frugal ways to do it? Studying water conservation and sustainable practices in the context of metropolitan Bengaluru, Dr Vishwanath Srikantaiah shares his insights on some off-the-shelf solutions that are effective as well as participatory and empowering. Vishwanath Srikantaiah is a water conservation expert who is renowned for his tireless and pioneering efforts to find solutions to the country’s freshwater crisis. Popularly known as Zenrainman on social media channels, his insightful articles on water and environmental issues frequently appear in mainstream news publications. A Civil Engineer and Urban Planner by qualification, Vishwanath worked with Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) for 14 years before dedicating himself full-time to solving water issues facing urban and rural communities. He is Trustee – Biome Environmental Trust, an organisation assisting communities in water and sanitation solutions; Director of Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd., an architectural firm specializing in sustainable design; and an Adjunct Faculty at the Azim Premji University. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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