Monthly Archives: August 2011

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden that Cleans Rivers

via @inhabitat Is it a whale? Is it a garden? Is it a work of art? It’s all those things, and it’s purifying the water too! What is it? It’s the latest creation by Vincent Callebaugh, architecture and design visionary, … Continue reading

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What Happens When It Rains?

It’s been pouring cats and dogs in Bombay. Roads are flooded, potholes are rapidly multiplying, and traffic has come to a standstill. Or at least been reduced to a very slow crawl. Meanwhile, Hurricane Irene continues to wind its way … Continue reading

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Contextualizing Bihar: What’s Going on in the Neighborhood?

A lot of the work that CKS does is focused in India’s eastern state of Bihar, which is the third largest state in the country, with a population of over 100 million. Our work there covers a range of sectors, … Continue reading

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Nilekani versus Hazare Continued: More on Technocratic versus Sociocentric Vectors of Social Change

By Aditya Dev Sood Nilekani’s interview on CNN-IBN makes for fascinating viewing. I haven’t found a transcript online, so I’ve had to rely on my own notes for the comments below. Nilekani thinks and talks in terms of systems. He … Continue reading

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Nilekani versus Hazare: Technocratic Thinking and Social Mobilization as Vectors of Change

By Aditya Dev Sood In today’s Hindustan Times, Ramchandra Guha makes some critical comparisons of the Anna Hazare movement with Jayaprakash Narayan’s rallies against Indira Gandhi, more than a generation ago: Some commentators have compared the struggle led by Anna … Continue reading

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On India’s Innovation Path: Where is it Leading?

Over at 3quarksdaily, our own Aditya Dev Sood wrote a thought-provoking (if somewhat rambling) article on India’s Innovation Path. He talks about how discourse around innovation in India is still at a very preliminary stage, and so far has been … Continue reading

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User-Driven Innovation: What it Means and Why it Works

User-driven innovation is a very interesting emerging phenomenon, one that is explored thoroughly in Eric von Hippel’s illuminating book, Democratizing Innovation. Von Hippel is a Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and has been involved in the research and … Continue reading

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10 Innovative Ideas for Global Healthcare

Fellows at the Ashoka ‘Innovators’ for the Public’ Foundation have come up with ten innovative ways to improve healthcare services and delivery. Social entrepreneurs around the world have proposed ideas ranging from affordable health insurance, better and more collaborative ways … Continue reading

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Stanford India Biodesign Team Invents Cheap Medical Devices

[Bone drills enable fluids to be delivered into bone marrow in less than 60 seconds–a lifesaver when a patient’s veins have collapsed.] Via Fast Company, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) … Continue reading

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Forecasting Visual Trends in the Colour Next Project

We’ve been working on some really interesting projects here at CKS, and thought it would be interesting to share some information about them. One of our biggest projects at present is the well-known Colour Next project by Asian Paints, which … Continue reading

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