Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Conversation on Design Innovation in India

The host of design and innovation conferences in India over the past couple of years clearly indicates the increasing recognition from a variety of different individuals, institutions and governing bodies that design-led innovation is the key to many of our … Continue reading

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Social Innovation to Bridge the “Middle Gap”

Some of the most successful social innovation initiatives lie within the microfinance sector, most notably the Grameen Bank set up in Bangladesh by Muhammad Yunus. Social entrepreneur Shivani Siroya, a Fellow of the Unreasonable Institute, launched a new mobile-based initiative … Continue reading

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Video: On Trust and the Design of Services and Systems

Our new video editor, Jagdish, has been working tirelessly over the last couple of weeks to create our first ever video of Design Public, a brief overview of the discussion in the first panel, On Trust and the Design of … Continue reading

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That Feeling of Believing

  For the past couple of years, Arun Maira has been an observer, participant, advisor and even patron, I suppose, of the Design Public process. At our last event at the National Museum in New Delhi, his comments seemed to … Continue reading

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Turning Smartphones into Digital First Aid Kits

The California based venture fund, Khosla Ventures, has just pledged $1 million to support CellScope, a mobile health startup that emerged from Rock Health Incubator’s first class of startups in 2011. This is the firm’s third such investment, in startups … Continue reading

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Of Systems Thinking and User-Centered Design

  On Monday Ken Warman and I went at it again. We began this conversation many months ago, over breakfast at a hotel in Patna, in Bihar, but remained inconclusive, hanging, because the official meetings were about to begin. We’d … Continue reading

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Beyond Engineering and Science: The Sanitation Challenge

An article in Hindu about Bill Gates’ recent visit to India stated that his “ultimate dream is to design low-cost toilets.” In order to design cheap and dry toilets, with as “good or better smell characteristics as a flush toilet,” … Continue reading

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What is Social Entrepreneurship?

B.S. Raghavan recently wrote an excellent piece in the Hindu BusinessLine on Boosting Social Innovation in India, where he proposes a definition of Social Entrepreneurs, or as he calls them, Sociopreneurs: In recent years, a new branch of entrepreneurship — … Continue reading

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Aditya Dev Sood on What Design Can’t Do

Last month, Aditya Dev Sood traveled to Amsterdam to attend and speak at a conference on What Design Can Do. He spoke about the need for locally derived, value-creating innovation in India, especially to overcome some of our most long-standing … Continue reading

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The Design of Time

  Our friend Esko Kilpi from Finland has been thinking about the design of social media. He is struck by the fact that we largely use physicalist metaphors to talk about what is actually a temporal phenomenon. This can prevent us … Continue reading

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