Monthly Archives: May 2012

Amartya Sen on Public Conversation

This is picking up on our earlier thread on conversation. Amartya Sen talks in the NYT about the European crisis, but his deeper concerns suddenly appear to be in alignment with ours: Perhaps the most troubling aspect of Europe’s current malaise … Continue reading

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Holding DP4 to a Higher Standard

Yesterday, I met with Aparna Piramal Raje, a design thinker and writer, opinion shaper, critic and even a patron of design, through the furniture company Ergo, of which she is a director. We talked about the trajectory of design as … Continue reading

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Abandoning the Culture of Working in Silos

“Government organizations like to work in silos,” an IAS officer told me in a recent meeting. It may be possible to do so when it comes to handling an organization’s operations and logistics. However, the kind of cross-disciplinary interaction and … Continue reading

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On the Importance of Conversation

It’s been on my mind, as I’ve careered through Europe the past couple of weeks, that there is something elusive and important to be said about conversation, particularly formal ones, and how they shape the quality of our life. In … Continue reading

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Should Smart Cities Necessarily be Biophilic Cities?

Ever since Design Public III and our association with IBM, we’ve been thinking a lot about the many different aspects of a Smart City, and even dedicated a breakout session to the topic. During the session, we spoke variously about … Continue reading

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Design Public London 2014

  It’s been quite a day here in London. The Olympics are here this summer, but Design Public won’t be visiting until 2014. That’s the outcome of a series of conversations I’ve had today, with organizations like the British Council, … Continue reading

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On Design Public and the Definitions of Things

By Samanth Subramanian As somebody who works with words on a daily basis, I was struck, during Design Public 2012, by the urgent need to articulate definitions for several terms that are otherwise bandied about loosely — a need, I … Continue reading

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The Cultural Barriers to Innovation

Every nation, company and increasingly more educational and governmental institutions seem to be recognizing that innovation is only way forward. If they want to retain their presence in this increasingly crowded, competitive and resource-crunched world, they need to develop new … Continue reading

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The Journey Towards Grand Challenges Innovation

I tumbled into Holland and on to a train racing towards Delft, that legendary source of Dutch Delft Blue ceramics, and home to the Technical University of Delft, whose Industrial Design faculty is now housed in an enormous hanger-like building … Continue reading

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Participatory Urban Design: An Interview with Darshana Gothi Chauhan

Urban Designer and Architect, Darshana Gothi Chauhan, of Urban Initiatives, joined us on the 20th of April to be a part of the Design Public Conclave on Trust, Participation, Innovation. Urban Initiatives has an inter-disciplinary approach to urban design, transportation, … Continue reading

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