Monthly Archives: February 2012

Gates Foundation an Official Partner of Design Public

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has officially confirmed their partnership and support for the Design Public Conclave, to be held on the 20th of April this year. The Gates Foundation has worked … Continue reading

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ColourNext Dialogues 2012 in New Delhi

The Center for Knowledge Societies, in collaboration with Asian Paints is organizing ColourNext Dialogues 2012, a a first of its kind conclave on colour trends, forecasting and visual directions in Indian society. The conclave, to be held at the NCIS … Continue reading

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Bringing the Inside Out – Rethinking Spatial Design

While user-centered design is the new buzzword in the design community, architects are way behind the curve. For a long while, architects across the world have been focusing their designs on user requirements, but have not been thinking deeply about … Continue reading

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Designing Communities for Social Sustainability

Population growth is going to have profound impacts on politics, economics, and society in the coming decades, one issue being the basic question: Where are we going to put these people? “UN surveys indicate that…by 2030 over two billion people … Continue reading

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Design Public III: Why We Focus on Trust, Participation and Innovation

Design Public began as a conversation around the question of how design thinking and innovation can be used by organizations and actors outside the private sector, specifically government organizations and social sector agencies. As we enter this third edition of … Continue reading

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IBM Officially On Board as Sponsor for Design Public

We’re elated to report that yesterday, IBM officially confirmed their sponsorship of the third edition of the Design Public Conclave. Our CEO, Dr. Aditya Dev Sood, has been in conversation with the folks at IBM for the past month or … Continue reading

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The Buddhist Economics of E.F. Schumacher

The noted economist E.F. Schumacher was the first to develop the concept of Buddhist Economics, based on his experiences as an economic consultant to the Burmese government in 1955. In contrast to most economists of his time, Schumacher was concerned … Continue reading

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China’s Need for Innovation

Minxin Pei, professor of government at Clairmont McKenna College in California recently wrote an article “Nixon Then, China Now” explaining China’s weaknesses hindering its ability to truly compete as a world power. He argues that China’s one-party regime results in … Continue reading

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Designing Government in Denmark

In 2002, the Danish government’s Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs conceived MindLab, what they described as an ‘internal incubator for invention and innovation.’ Since then, MindLab has become an intergovernmental space for creativity and cooperation, including ‘the active involvement … Continue reading

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Transforming Field Research with New Technologies

Yesterday, I became the proud owner of a 4GB Echoâ„¢ Smartpen, a brilliant new piece of equipment that could offer immense benefits to researchers, journalists, or anyone else who needs to take quick, but often voluminous, notes. Upon arrival, the … Continue reading

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