Who we are


Sensing Local Foundation is an ‘Urban Living Lab’ (ULL) based in Bengaluru, which is to be a site for city observation, learning and innovation with a specific focus on improving the state of environment and public health. As a model, it serves as an in-between-step that formalizes learning and experimentation in the urban context to achieve impact at a faster pace for the largest section of society. The prime thrust of the Living Lab is to behave as a catalyst for the ecosystem of city’s decision makers, and ‘break through’ the trap of repetitive, fragmented, myopic actions.



Getting to know the 'current state' and designing possible 'future states'


Baselining the issue


Real-life testing of one or more proposed 'future states'


Assessing the impact of the experiment with regards to the 'current state' in order to iterate the 'future state'
Strategy for scale
Assessing Impact

Guiding Principles

Humanizing the Issues

Keep everyday experience of people at the centre of a problem solving process

Active experimentation

To test ideas and pilot solutions in real life settings before implementation

Working across governance scales

Working at the ward, city and state level to ensure sustainability of solutions

Building multi-sectoral partnership

Building collaborations, bringing diverse viewpoints,  and promote systemic thinking

Public making of projects

Involving people in co-creation of solutions to build ownership and inclusiveness

Bringing policy to the doorstep

Aligning local interventions with national/state policies to ensure impact

Our Team


Sobia Rafiq


Ankit Bhargava


Our Advisors

Madhav Chavan

Co-founder & former CEO, Pratham

Ram Mahidhara

International Infrastructure and Emerging Markets Executive

Poonam Bir Kasturi

CEO Daily Dump

Pawan Sachdeva

Director - Water Management International Pte. Limited

Pallavi Pant

Staff Scientist at Health Effects Institute, Boston