Monthly Archives: November 2011

SSI Review: Social Innovation Needs Design

Cheryl Heller, the chair of the new MFA program, Design for Social Innovation, at the School of Visual Arts in New York, writes at the Stanford Social Innovation Review about how design and social innovation are inextricably linked. Social Innovation … Continue reading

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An interesting framework for innovation

Although innovation is talked about everywhere, there are a lot of definitions from a lot of different sources, none of which seem to be saying the same thing. For some, a revolutionary new product line is innovation, while for others … Continue reading

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CKS in Ghana for the First Time

As part of an ongoing project on mobile futures in emerging economies, a team of CKS researchers has gone to Ghana for the first time in CKS history. The team, comprised of Namrata Mehta, Ridhima Jaiswal, Aishwarya Panicker and Sathyan … Continue reading

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PechaKucha Night Delhi on 23/11: An Inspiration!

On Wednesday the 23rd, the Center for Knowledge Societies partnered with the American Center to bring the eleventh edition of Pecha Kucha Night to Delhi. The theme of the night was “global perspectives leads to innovation in thought.” The ten … Continue reading

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Collaboration and Innovation

  By Aditya Dev Sood At the end of the week I’ll be speaking at the Names Not Numbers conference in Mumbai, run by the Editorial Intelligence group along with the British Council, the Financial Times of London and other … Continue reading

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Pecha Kucha Delhi #11 on Wednesday 23/11!

Pecha Kucha Night once again hits Delhi! The Center for Knowledge Societies, in partnership with the American Center, is proud to bring you the Eleventh edition of Pecha Kucha in Delhi! The theme this time around is ‘Global Perspectives ==> … Continue reading

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PM: Innovation in India Should Focus on Needs of Poor

Today, the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, gave a speech on the need for innovation and creativity for solving the great social challenges of India, especially those faced by the poorest citizens of our country. PM Singh, whilst officially releasing a … Continue reading

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Theorists and Theories of Innovation #1: Disruptive Innovation

Influential innovation theorist and Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen first introduced the notion of disruptive innovation in his 1995 book, The Innovators’ Dilemma. At the crux of Christensen’s argument is the dichotomy between sustaining and disruptive innovations. Sustaining … Continue reading

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The Design of Trust (Continued)

  By Aditya Dev Sood My last post on the design and trust focused on security checks, a particular and extreme kind of interaction, which would seem to diminish trust, while also evoking disaffection. There were several interesting responses, but … Continue reading

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Understanding Uselessness

  By Aditya Dev Sood Etymologically, the word innovation has at its root ‘the new,’ Latin nova. But innovations are always also useful in a new and relevant way, else they would be merely variations. At CKS we are always involved … Continue reading

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