Monthly Archives: July 2012

Making agriculture nimble

Perhaps there are areas of the rural experience that are even harder for us metropolitan subjects to fathom than agriculture. I’d have to hear some options to be sure. The very phenomenon that makes the countryside as such, the planting … Continue reading

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Redesigning the conventional power grid

The massive power outage yesterday blacked out seven states of Northern India for over 15 hours. The Capital city itself was chaotic, with traffic jams and commuter chaos due to the shutting down of the metro, and water supply failures … Continue reading

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Linking water access to women’s rights for larger social change

An Ashoka Fellow, Biplab Paul, realized after experiencing states of flood and drought, that people in poor, underserved communities had little hope of upward mobility when they suffered from a lack of access to something as basic as water. In … Continue reading

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Why India needs to think bigger than jugaad

I came across a blog post by Idris Mootee, a business strategist and innovation specialist, that talks about the severe limitations of the whole jugaad discourse, which has now almost developed into an obsession. Mootee writes, Let’s start with the … Continue reading

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Embedding social innovation in business school curriculum

Guy Pfeffermann and Jonathan Doh, respectively the chief executive of the Global Business School Network and the director at the Center for Global Leadership at the Villanova School of Business, recently wrote a column for the Financial Times espousing the … Continue reading

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How safe is our drinking water?

Recently, a Cardiff University-led team found new strains of resistant bacteria, including species which cause cholera and dysentery, in Delhi’s drinking water supply. The findings are the first evidence of the environmental spread of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which had previously … Continue reading

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No place to pee

My bladder can’t take it anymore…my stomach is giving up too… desperate to attend nature’s call! But I am not a man, and I can’t take the liberty of relieving myself against a wall like the others. I am a … Continue reading

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‘Mobilize’ing Micro-savings

A recent article by Grameen Foundation blog speaks about the novel ‘micro-savings initiative’, that aims at financial inclusion of the poor. This initiative is a three-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to reach 1.45 … Continue reading

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How the Ed-Tech Revolution will pan out

A recent Fast Company article explores how the tech revolution will change education systems, possibly making them more efficient and effective. As the author, Tim Brady (a partner and co-founder of Imagine K12, an incubator for tech companies focused on … Continue reading

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Not Enough Toilets for Mumbai’s Slum Dwellers

A study by students of Harvard School of Public Health reveals some very interesting insights about basic sanitation facilities and urban public health in Mumbai. “Poor sanitation is one of the most important underlying causes in the country’s pervasive malnutrition,” … Continue reading

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