Monthly Archives: May 2012

How can we move beyond mere conversation?

During the concluding panel discussion at the Design Public conclave last month, Arun Maira brought up the need to design better conversations. Since then, we have been thinking, talking and writing about this subject. Namrata Mehta, in her comment to … Continue reading

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Picture of the Day

A woman reaches around Ashok Alexander to get to Bill Gates. To the right of him Laura Turkington of the Vodafone India Foundation is seen, and behind him is Gary Dramstadt, also of the Gates Foundation. ADS/CKS. Bill Gates has … Continue reading

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Putting the Power of Design in the Hands of the Poor

via @SSIReview Daniel Altman, professor of Economics at NYU’s Stern School of Business, has started a new global development initiative called Emerging Design Centers (EDCs), that brings design to the bottom of the pyramid. And by this, they don’t mean … Continue reading

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Innovative Architecture for Better Healthcare

via @fastcompany Danish architects 3XN have won a design competition to expand Copenhagen’s main hospital. Their ambitious design is an excellent exploration of how intelligent design can transform both the efficiency and efficacy of hospitals. Fast Company writes: The proposal, … Continue reading

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Innovating Higher Education

Whenever we talk about transforming India into an innovation hub (such as this article in Tehelka today), or ask which sectors of society require innovation most, the overwhelming response is usually that we need to transform our education sector. We … Continue reading

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The Future of the Mobile Lies in the Developing World

This excellent article by Erica Kochi, the co-lead of Tech Innovation at UNICEF, talks about creative uses of mobile phones in emerging economies like India, China and various countries in Africa, as well as the future of the mobile market … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Hybrid Social Enterprise

According to Julie Battilana and Matthew Lee of the Harvard Business School, more and more social entrepreneurs are turning to “hybrid business models,” which means that they are increasingly turning away from traditional charity and non-profit models for development, and … Continue reading

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“From Bauhaus to Bollywood”: A Response

By M.P. Ranjan This is a guest blogpost by M.P. Ranjan, former Professor of Design at the National Institute for Design in Ahmedabad, and current Design Thinker and Writer, author of the Design for India blog. Professor Ranjan has been … Continue reading

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Looking Back to Look Forward

  I met up with Virginia Sharma, the Chief Marketing Officer for IBM India and South Asia, based in Mumbai. Virginia worked with us closely on the last edition of Design Public, and has wide experience in different kinds of … Continue reading

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From Bauhaus to Bollywood

  I spent Sunday morning at the Barbican, a curious London cultural institution that dates from the 1970s. Its heavy and brutalist architecture could have been featured in A Clockwork Orange. The Barbican was hosting a widely acclaimed exhibition on … Continue reading

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