31 Gur­preet Singh Dhillon

Imag­i­na­tion Un­bound

Prestige (Malaysia) - - Hublot -

Gur­preet Singh Dhillon and Rashvin Pal Singh, co-founders of Biji-Biji Ini­tia­tive, were the best of friends dur­ing A-Level stud­ies. While they both cared deeply about the en­vi­ron­ment and so­ci­ety, it was years later that they em­barked on the jour­ney to kick­start Biji-Biji Ini­tia­tive, a so­cial en­ter­prise with in­ter­est in sus­tain­abil­ity, tech­nol­ogy, fash­ion, fab­ri­ca­tion and ed­u­ca­tion. Shar­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence, Gur­preet says per­se­ver­ance is key to any­one who looks to found a so­cial en­ter­prise. “The ini­tial jour­ney will be tough and full of un­pre­dictable chal­lenges. How­ever, if what you are do­ing has a higher pur­pose than just self-ben­e­fit and you have a vi­sion for things to be done dif­fer­ently, that spirit will carry you on and keep you go­ing when things are tough,” he ad­vises.

To em­power a larger move­ment to­wards a greener and more civic-minded com­mu­nity, Gur­preet and friends recog­nised the need for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual to be equipped with the es­sen­tial knowl­edge, skills and tools to play their part. In or­der to achieve that, first they would need to democra­tise the ac­cess for these in­di­vid­u­als to help make change hap­pen. “This is why we have launched Me.reka Mak­erspace at Pub­lika,” says Gur­preet.

Me.reka Mak­erspace is a 12,000-square-foot space equipped with a wood and metal work­shop, tex­tiles stu­dio, larger elec­tron­ics lab, rapid pro­to­typ­ing ma­chin­ery and VR head­sets. Classes and work­shops are con­ducted for or­di­nary cit­i­zens “to learn how they can make and fix their own prod­ucts, us­ing sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als or their own waste ma­te­ri­als,” he en­thuses. “It is our big­gest and most ex­cit­ing project.”

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