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Hima Batavia

Designer, multi-disciplinary artist and writer

Hima Batavia is an experience designer, artist and writer in Toronto. She uses rigorous design processes, tools and principles to create participatory experiences and brave spaces to achieve a desired emotional outcome. Her design practice specializes in shaping experience arcs that meet people where they are at, using tools, activities, and games that catalyze co-creation, play and empathy-building. She often collaborates with a vast network of designers, facilitators, speakers, and artists to bring experiences to life. Her practice draws from her work as the co-founder of Reset, a community that co-created tech-free multi-day immersive experiences for adults. The Reset experience was rooted in pushing the edges of personal growth and creativity through a designed and curated arc of playful, meditative and vulnerable activities. Since 2015, over 600 people have experienced a Reset. Hima has also co-produced and programmed conferences and festivals, including the Honest Ed’s Farewell Festival, Feel Good Summit, Spark! Canadian Social Innovation Conference and Cultural Leaders Lab. She was the facilitator and designer for the Centre for Social Innovation’s Agents of Change Accelerator, led an engagement with WoodGreen Community Services to redesign their newcomer services program, and consulted with Staples Studio to design their community architecture and program their community space for 3 months. Hima is a BIPOC womxn, trained in anti-oppression, equity and indigeneous allyship practices. She is an experimental installation and performance artist. She has a BSc from the University of Toronto, and spent 7 years working in Global Health / International Development with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the United Nations Foundation.

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