Monthly Archives: March 2012

Dr Ilkka Hämäläinen visits CKS

CKS hosted Dr Ilkka Hämäläinen, Chairman of the Board at Oppo (Optimizing Potential, Finland) at the Chaia Innovation Campus on 16th March. Dr. Hämäläinen heads Oppo, which is dedicated to creating systemic change through integration of business, academia and the … Continue reading

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Innovation works best when government does least?

The question of the nature of government’s role in social issues and the market has been debated to an impasse. So too, it seems, has its role in innovation. Does government support foster innovation? Or, does innovation work best when … Continue reading

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Nurturing Risk is Essential to Innovation

Jacob Koshy, in a recent WSJ article, wrote about how, despite the fact that India has been labelled as a nation of innovators and has embarked on a self-declared decade of innovation, this is only true in the loosest sense … Continue reading

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Does Innovation amount to Impatient Optimism?

The Gates Foundation is slowly growing into a powerful global force driving innovation around the world. Its health and developmental agendas have gradually be revised and realigned into a framework that increasingly blends improving the world with doing new things … Continue reading

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New NESTA Report on Innovation in India

Can growth of higher education keep up with India’s human potential? Can India’s low cost innovations disrupt the global economy? What effects do abstract social and creative innovations have in the Indian context? These are some of the questions that … Continue reading

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Effective Technology in Education Innovation

Khan Academy, which began in 2004 as a small collection of youtube tutorials by Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard, has become a library of free educational videos that has has earned the recognition and support of the … Continue reading

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How are Innovation and Excellence related?

  Jeby Cherian wrote me a note the other day saying, and I quote: ‘one of my pet peeves is our “just enough is good enough” attitude.’ Jeby wants us to make a commitment to excellence in everything we do … Continue reading

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Lunch with Kirsten Bound of NESTA

  Kirsten Bound is a Policy Researcher who has morphed into something of a specialist in innovation, particularly on how innovation relates to economies and societies. Kirsten works at NESTA, the UK’s nodal agency for innovation, which is soon transforming … Continue reading

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Bhairavi Jani joins Design Public Advisory Board

    Bhairavi Jani worked with the late C. K. Prahalad on the India at 75 program, and she has never lost her passion for innovation or the bottom of the pyramid. She has been the president of the Young … Continue reading

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On the Relationship between Trust and Innovation

As Design Public III inches ever closer, we’ve been trying to articulate, and more deeply understand for ourselves, what we mean by Trust, Participation and Innovation, and how they relate to each other. Over the next weeks, we will be … Continue reading

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