Monthly Archives: February 2012

Between the Citizens and the State

Design!Public III: Trust, Participation, Innovation raises for question the responsibilities of citizenship and the ways governments can be redesigned to better meet the needs of their people. In 2011, protests, revolts, and uprisings across the world showed conflict between many … Continue reading

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Should Indian Design Go Dutch?

Last week in Mumbai, the Embassy of the Netherlands, along with an array of Dutch design institutions and practitioners, had a proposition for India: Dutch design has learned something critical and new, they argued, about respecting end-users and designing for context. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Us: 10 Years of CKS

It has sneaked up on us, but CKS is 10 years old today. I conducted an interview with our Founder and CEO, Dr. Aditya Dev Sood, on how the company’s journey has progressed over this past decade, and where he … Continue reading

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Contextualizing Technology and Behavioural Change: The Case of the Dishwasher

“I want a dishwasher in my new kitchen,” a 32 year male corporate professional explained to his architect while discussing ideas for the interior design of his recently bought condominium in Gurgaon, India. This demand certainly appeared a bit quirky … Continue reading

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Imagining Urban India

By Aditya Dev Sood Here at CKS we’ve always been interested in the future, which is not an undiscovered country so much as the necessary outcome and effect of how we think, act and live today.  In collaboration with other … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Legitimacy and Trust in Syria

In March 2011 the Syrian protests, that have now continued nearly a year, began in the midst of the Arab Spring when the residents of a small city in the south protested against their government’s use of torture against students … Continue reading

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HBS Study Reveals Insights into the Social Innovation Field

A recent study, conducted by Harvard Business School professor Julie Battilana and doctorate student Matthew Lee, reveals some interesting insights about where the Social Innovation field is right now, and where it might be heading. The study uses six years’ … Continue reading

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Political Participation and Trust in Ancient Athens

By Ayesha Vemuri and Sedona Chinn The foundations of western democracy and political thought lie in the ancient Athenian democracy. Their institutions are the roots from which modern governments have grown. Therefore, as Design!publiC III explores modern phenomena of political … Continue reading

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Imagination at Work

What is your preferred way of leaving a meeting, by fireman pole or by slide? Companies that work in the realm of creative innovation have designed environments for their employees that encourage imagination, activity, and fun. Lego’s Denmark office is … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks, State Secrets, and Trust in Government

When WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of classified documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and State Department memos, the world was forced to consider, How much do we trust our governments? WikiLeaks, a whistleblowing website, says “We believe … Continue reading

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