Author Archives: Ekta Ohri

About Ekta Ohri

Ekta Ohri has a background in Architecture, Visual and Critical Studies, and Anthropology and is interested in exploring links between design, culture, and lived experience.

The ATM Experience: Back to the Basics of Design

On a hot sultry Delhi afternoon when I decided to walk down to the ATM, about half a km from work, I had no idea that an interesting banking experience awaited me. When I entered the booth, I was shocked … Continue reading

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Beyond Financial Behaviour – Rethinking Our Approach to Innovation

My all time intellectual high comes from having my preconceptions torn apart. I could not hope for a better start to the New Year, when my understanding of innovation in the financial sector was shaken by Ignacio Mas’ argument against … Continue reading

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Bringing the Pieces of the Jigsaw Together

Of late, much emphasis has been placed on the need to revisit the IEC (Information, Education, and Communication) strategy of the Total Sanitation Campaign to address the sanitation challenge in India. Likewise, many initiatives, such as the Reinvent the Toilet … Continue reading

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Rethinking Behavioural Change for “Total Sanitation” in India

After 50% of households in the state of Jharkhand constructed toilets, all households were classified as manushya(human), billi(cat), and suwar(pig) based on their defecation behaviours and their status is made publicly visible at a prominent place by the members of … Continue reading

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Building a Culture of Innovation in Indian Corporations

Last week I attended the 2nd Innovation Conclave organized by CII in New Delhi, the prime agenda of which was to focus on the role of innovation for “creating the path to sustained business growth.” Considering that more and more … Continue reading

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Beyond Engineering and Science: The Sanitation Challenge

An article in Hindu about Bill Gates’ recent visit to India stated that his “ultimate dream is to design low-cost toilets.” In order to design cheap and dry toilets, with as “good or better smell characteristics as a flush toilet,” … Continue reading

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Designing for Unfamiliar Contexts

Ram Mohan Mishra, Principal Secretary of the Government of Meghalaya, was very intrigued by the phrase “Designing for Unfamiliar Contexts,” which came up in a recent meeting where we talked about how our approach to innovation can benefit the developmental … Continue reading

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Abandoning the Culture of Working in Silos

“Government organizations like to work in silos,” an IAS officer told me in a recent meeting. It may be possible to do so when it comes to handling an organization’s operations and logistics. However, the kind of cross-disciplinary interaction and … Continue reading

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Can Innovation be Taught?

In a recent meeting with Billy Stewart and Shomikho Raha from DFID, interesting questions were posed when we explained our innovation training offering, the Certificate in Innovation Management. Can you really teach innovation? Is there any school in the world … Continue reading

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Beyond Technology: Creating a Collaborative Innovation Platform in India

Reflecting on the theme of Design Public III, I had earlier blogged about the significance of civil society participation to promote an inclusive innovation culture in India. Many participants of the conclave emphasized the need for a more democratic approach … Continue reading

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