Monthly Archives: April 2011

New Ideas Around Safe Drinking Water

This video is an overview of some interesting new business models aimed at delivering safe drinking water throughout India. Ripple Effect Global

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Mobile Banking and Design

Over on his blog, Olof Schybergson wonders about the future of mobile banking, and the design challenges it presents: Design is key, but if the design of current mobile banking applications is anything to go by, then banks still have … Continue reading

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Marketing to Rural India

The National, a paper based in the United Arab Emirates, has an interesting article from the end of March about marketing efforts in rural India. Increasingly, companies are viewing rural India as a tremendous potential market. But marketers are having … Continue reading

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Radically De-centralized Waste Management

There were several passing mentions at our Design Public conclave (and at the recent Unbox festival) about the idea of “radically de-centralized waste management” – waste management systems that do not rely on a traditional, underground sewers. There’s an interesting … Continue reading

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Dyson Award Call For Entries

The James Dyson Award has released a call for entires for the 2011 student design competition. If you’re not familiar with it, the Dyson Award is an international student design award that simply asks students to “design something that solves … Continue reading

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Can Organizations Have Intuitive Design?

Our first panel from Design Public (What do Designers do? How can Physical, Informational and Interaction Design Impact the Everyday Life of Citizens?) was an especially rich discussion. We covered a lot of territory, but one of the most interesting … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing, Government and Design Thinking

One of the most interesting parts of our 3rd Design Public panel (What is the role of media and social media in promoting governance innovation?) revolved around the overlap between crowdsourcing and Design Thinking. There was some confusion between the … Continue reading

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New Ideas Around Power Theft

In our afternoon Design Public sessions, we broke out into innovation groups around different design challenges and had our participants brainstorm new ideas. The sessions were great, and produced some really interesting new ideas. One session took a look at … Continue reading

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Does the Indian Government Support or Stifle Innovation?

In an op-ed in the Hindustan Times, Samar Halarnkar celebrates the innovative ideas being created by people across India, from researchers and designers in formal institutions to folk innovation from farmers, laborers and handymen. But Halarnkar isn’t convinced that new … Continue reading

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LiveMint.com Video on Design Public

Our media partner LiveMint.com has posted a great video re-cap of the Design Public event. Check it out here. LiveMint.com – Using Design Principles For Good Governance

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