Monthly Archives: June 2012

US invests $21 Million in BioFuel Research in India

As India’s population and energy needs explode, and citizens are struggling to pay for their fuel and transportation needs, there is a recognized and concerted effort to develop alternative fuels from bio waste and other sources, to reduce the dependency … Continue reading

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440 Cities that will Drive Global Growth

via @atlanticcities A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, Urban world: Cities and the rise of the consuming class, finds that the 600 cities making the largest contribution to a higher global GDP—the City 600—will generate nearly 65 percent … Continue reading

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Gender Equality and the Innovativeness of a Society

The eighth Aspen Ideas Festival is currently underway in Colorado, bringing together some of the most prominent and influential social, political, economic and technological players in the U.S. and the world. Amongst the many wide-ranging topics that are being addressed … Continue reading

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India’s New Innovation Universities Bill

Higher education in India is notorious for its lacks, in terms of both inaccessibility for a large majority of the country’s youth as well as for its deficits in quality. The National Knowledge Commission and the Planning Commission therefore proposed … Continue reading

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Video: Participation, Collaboration, Innovation

Watch this brief summary of the second panel discussion at Design Public III in New Delhi. The discussion focused on the relationship between participation, collaboration and innovation, during which panelists talked about the role of technology in garnering participation from … Continue reading

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Ratan Tata recognized for his Innovations in Philanthropy

Sir Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rockefeller Foundation for innovation in philanthropy. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tata said businesses should be sensitive to the contexts in which they operate, … Continue reading

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Building a Culture of Innovation in Indian Corporations

Last week I attended the 2nd Innovation Conclave organized by CII in New Delhi, the prime agenda of which was to focus on the role of innovation for “creating the path to sustained business growth.” Considering that more and more … Continue reading

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On the Informationalization of Everything

Social media have been the focus of debates, discussions and academic as well as journalistic papers for some time now, and it seems that there is always something new to be said, something new to be discovered about how this … Continue reading

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Governance Innovations in Emerging Economies set Global Standards

In an article on Governance Innovations based in the adoption of digital technologies, McKinsey Quarterly chose to focus on innovations in India and Estonia. In India, they focused on the UIDAI scheme, proposed by Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, and asked … Continue reading

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Are Indian Cities Hospitable?

I read an excellent article by Charles Leadbeater on Hospitable Cities, written for the European open city project in Guimaraes, Portugal. Leadbeater talks about the many dualisms that exist in cities, how they tend to bring out the best and … Continue reading

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