Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mobile Banking for Low Income Groups

Over the last few weeks at CKS, we’ve developed a sort of weekly tradition of the ‘Sabha’, where all the various teams have a chance to gather, interact, know each other, and also discuss interesting ideas. We’ve been using the … Continue reading

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Grassroots innovation for menstrual hygiene

While there has been so much brouhaha about India’s efforts towards achieving Total Sanitation, we still lack a focus towards some basic personal hygiene practices, like the use of sanitary napkins during menstruation. India claims an abysmally low usage of … Continue reading

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Companies will soon need to report their adherence to sustainability

It may be slow, but there seems to be a definite move from governments and corporations alike towards more responsible and transparent ways of working. As we had discussed at Design Public III earlier this year, this past year was … Continue reading

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A discussion with Mahindra to help spark the rise

This Saturday a bunch of us from CKS, including Aditya Sood, Ekta Ohri, Namrata Mehta and myself, will be attending a discussion on better facilitating rural entrepreneurship in India, organized by Mahindra’s Rise team. This discussion is the first of … Continue reading

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Planning begins for the twelfth Pecha Kucha Night in Delhi

We’re super stoked to announce that planning for the twelfth edition of Pecha Kucha Night in New Delhi has begun! Like last time, the event is being planned in collaboration with the American Center, and will be held at their … Continue reading

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A future with 3D printing

I first heard about 3D printing in 2009, at a locative media workshop in Delhi conducted by artist Matt Kenyon. At the time I was blown away by the idea, especially of the RepRap machine – an open source desktop … Continue reading

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Charting the innovation cycle to improve healthcare outreach

CKS has always strived to develop systematic innovations that improve lives. Based on years of experience and a range of consulting projects, we’ve developed a routinizable methodology for innovation that we call the CKS Innovation Cycle. While the scope of … Continue reading

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Aakash Tablet: mapping India’s approach to technological innovation?

The Aakash tablet was an idea developed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD) to improve the system of education by introducing students to the digital world and making them a part of the e-learning programme. The tablet aimed … Continue reading

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Tata’s Airpod: the future of transportation?

Tata Motors recently showcased its new AirPod – a car that runs on compressed air using technology developed by Luxembourg’s MDI. The AirPod, currently in the prototype stage, is set to become commercially available in a few years. The AirPod … Continue reading

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Becoming Energy Efficient?

Recently, the domestic electricity tariff in Delhi was hiked by a steep 26 percent. It attracted strong resentment from consumers who protested the hike with demonstrations all over the city. Such a reaction is understandable, considering the increased financial burden … Continue reading

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