The events follow each other but are not alike!

A little feedback on the events where the Rickshaw Impulse Project team was present for this month of October.

 

BACK ON THE EVENING OF INUKSHUK CAFE

 

Clinging to the walls of the Inukshuk Café in Chambéry, a dozen snapshots of the “Homm’s Rickshaw Wallahs” exhibition plunged visitors into the intimate atmosphere of the Dhaka rickshaws companies. Also available to the public during the evening 2 rare books devoted to rickshaws in Bangladesh: “The Rickshaws of Bangladesh” of Rob Gallagher “Ambassador-Advisor” of the association, and “Rickshaw Art in Bangladesh” France Lasniers , former head of the Alliance Française de Dhaka.

Projection

It is in this context that we projected, at the beginning of the evening, the travel narrative film “Bangladesh Rickshaw” …

Far from the clichés usually conveyed on this country, the camera embarked on the rickshaw of Jean-Louis revealed to the audience an unknown Bangladesh, imaginative and seething with energy, where the “everyone for all” Bangladeshi resonates with our “each for oneself” In a cruel echo …

The soothing images of the bucolic landscapes of the country were followed by images of the titanic efforts made by the Rickshaw Wallahs at each turn of the pedals. 30 minutes spent next to these “transport convicts” allowed everyone to understand the work of these men banished and despised in their society …

Our intervention

After a few exchanges with the public on the actual adventure, we then exhibited our “Rickshaw Project”. Jean-Louis first explained how his experience and his meetings with the Rickshaw Wallahs had aroused his obsession to seek to relieve these men of their work. He explained how to help these men, to offer a mechanical start-up tool made sense in the socio-economic context of Bangladesh’s rickshaw economy. Adrien and Corentin (the latter participated in the student project conducted in partnership with the IUT GMP Grenoble under the supervision of Adrien) then explained all the mechanical constraints of the problem to be solved, the progress of the research and the various avenues envisaged as of today to go to start-up help (these will be the subject of a detailed article in a newsletter to come).

Nina and Nicolas concluded on the need to extend the networking of the association and invited everyone to relay the project around him through his personal contacts and social networks. This is how Impulse Projects can recruit ingenious DIYers or other enthusiasts of cyclos or South East Asia to accompany him in his “Rickshaw Project” …

So chatting “Rickshaw Project” all evening, it is around a craft beer and a small board of local products that the evening ended …

 

L'équipe au Inukshuk Café Chambéry

 

BACK ON GRAND BIVOUAC

 

The stall

Four metal grids supported a dozen photos from the “Homm’s Rickshaw-Wallahs” exhibition, a big-screen TV that was alternately looped with the “Rickshaw Project” video presentation and the “Bangladesh Rickshaw” travel story film. rickshaw from Bangladesh, 2 easels for the books on sale for the benefit of the association (1), our Totem Impulse Project, such was our stand planted at the Grand Bivouac in Albertville on October 20th and 21st at the entrance of the Salon du Livre .

Balance sheet

The results of our intervention? These are a good number of contacts made with visitors, first with organizers of events around travel, cycling or even solidarity that could make us present our Rickshaw Project, then with inventive “hackers” ready to make us benefit from their talents and to accompany us in our adventure. We will share their thoughts in a future article …

In short! To redo …

(1) The book “Bangladesh Rickshaw” (Edition 2 Inks – Preface Claude Marthaler) of Jean-Louis and tracing his trip to rickshaw on the land of Bengal in 2008 is on sale for the benefit of the association at a price of 12 € + shipping costs. A way to kill two birds with one stone, both a donation to the association and to discover Bangladesh alongside the Rickshaw-Wallah … A dozen books were sold on the occasion of the Grand Bivouac. ..

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