Monthly Archives: March 2012

NInC’s Report to the People: A Review

The National Innovation Council (NInC) published its First Report to the People in November 2011. In the foreword to the report, Sam Pitroda begins by stating the Government’s recognition that “innovation is the engine for national and global growth, employment, … Continue reading

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The Future of Folklore in India

The other day, Niyati Mehta of the Tata Trusts visited us at CKS. She wanted to talk about folklore and its future in India. Folklore seems like such a nineteenth century academic pursuit — could new thinking bring it alive … Continue reading

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The Decline of Social Capital

Since the 1960s and 1970s, Robert Putnam, a professor at Harvard University, has observed the decline in what he calls ‘Social Capital’: features of social organization, networks, norms, and trust, that increase the ability of people in a society to … Continue reading

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Design Research versus Technology and Meaning Change: A Review

Recently, a paper was published by Professors Don Norman and Roberto Verganti on the subject of ‘Incremental and Radical Innovation’. The paper consists of a conversation between the two design thinkers upon the role of design research as a driver … Continue reading

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Where Should New Businesses Start?

Aditya Mishra is the founder of Headstart Foundation, a non-profit group focused on supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship. It has chapters in all major Indian cities, where it runs Start-Up Saturdays, meet-ups where people share stories of start-ups, and share links, … Continue reading

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Imagining India as an Innovation Society

  A few weeks ago, Sunil Abraham and I met up with Sukumar Ranganathan, the editor of Mint newspaper, to think and talk more about our upcoming event, Design Public. What would it take to transform India into an innovation … Continue reading

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Design Public III: Trust, Participation, Innovation

Today marks exactly four weeks to the third edition of the Design Public Conclave, which will be held in New Delhi on the 20th of April. All of us at CKS have been working hard over the past couple of … Continue reading

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Design versus Innovation

In case you haven’t noticed, we are plum in the middle of the age of innovation. This term organizes everything the business press enjoys writing about, it is the theme of every business book, it is the lodestar of government … Continue reading

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Networked Participation and the New Public Sphere

In recent times, there has been a practically universal consensus on the transformative capabilities of the internet, especially social media, on politics at large. Many an article proclaims the coming of a new age of Participatory Democracy, enabled through the … Continue reading

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Worm’s Eye View: Participatory Urban Design

The new generation of consumers may not be inclined to own a vehicle; they would rather have more flexibility to move from one place to another, in easy and cost effective ways regardless of the mode of transport, says a … Continue reading

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