Let’s co-build our cities of tomorrow, today!

Putting the environment at the center of change

What is the problem we face today?

Urban growth has become synonymous with environmental degradation.
Our cities are struggling to tackle the crisis of air pollution, water scarcity, water pollution and managing waste.
How do we break down the complexity and scale of these issues so that we can better negotiate our individual needs towards building a sustainable collective future?

Our Approach

Focussing on the commons

Air Quality, Waste and Water Management

Break down the complexity & scale 

To tackle these ‘wicked problems’

Inclusive planning

Include all stakeholders 
in co-creation

Building shared knowledge 

To accelerate learning
& build consciousness

Urban Living Lab

Sensing Local is an ‘Urban Living Lab’ based in Bengaluru; a site for city observation, learning and innovation with a specific focus on improving the state of environment and public health.

Support we offer

Strategy & Consulting

We partner with Government and Private organisations on projects offering support in the form of Strategy development, Spatial and Participatory Planning, Systems Thinking, Mapping and Visualisation, and bringing policy to the doorstep.

Citizen University

We help build civic muscle, via knowledge sharing, capacity building workshops as well as training for citizens and community groups. The idea is to help them engage in local governance and problem solving in a more informed and empowered manner.

Neighborhood Living lab

We set up local hubs for co-creation, co-learning and experimentation in collaboration with active members / representatives of a ward / neighbourhood. The hubs act as community anchors and catalysts to tackle developmental challenges and create local projects.


+ Experiments

Our Advisors


Madhav Chavan

Co-founder and former

CEO of Pratham

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Ram Mahidhara

Ex-Chief Investment Officer, IFC, World Bank Group


Poonam Bir Kasturi

CEO, Daily Dump


Pawan Sachdeva

Director of Water Management International Pte Limited (WMPIL)

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Dr. Pallavi Pant

Staff Scientist at Health Effects Institute, Boston

Partners & Collaborators



Upcoming Events

  • Webinar: Choking (in) the garden city
    06-Jun-2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Release of an air quality study for Bengaluru & Strategic discussions to ensuring clean air is a priority post lockdown. Access the report here: https://www.sensinglocal.in/post/choking-in-the-garden-city
  • Using GIS to map the waste system in a ward
    14-Mar-2020, 3:00 pm – 15-Mar-2020, 1:30 pm
    Malleshwaram Social Space, 37, 17th Cross, Malleshwaram, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560055, India
    This workshop series is a part of our 'Decoding Waste' program that aims to build evidence-based problem-solving capacity through knowledge sharing and skilling. The workshop is open to professionals, students and active citizens. No prior knowledge of GIS required.
  • Reflection Meeting #2 _ Ward Committee Pilot
    14-Sep-2019, 11:00 am
    Palmgrove Road, Palmgrove Rd, Xavier Layout, Victoria Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
    This is a meeting to discuss the observation and inferences from the attendance of September ward committee meetings.

Contact us

Address: 11/1, Iqbal Arcade, Palmgroove road, Victoria Layout, Bengaluru 560047

Email: sensinglocal@gmail.com

Phone: 7409060602, 9900412342