Monthly Archives: September 2012

How Can We Make Power Sustainable?

In todays Sabha, we decided to have a discussion on the other two challenge tracks for the upcoming edition of the Design Public Conclave, to be held in November this year. One of these is Post-Grid Power. Power demand in … Continue reading

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Revisiting smarter cities

In a previous blog we mentioned using our weekly sabha’s as a platform to discuss and develop the Design Public conclave challenge tracks. For this week’s sabha we re-visited the smarter cities challenge track, which we will be taking forward … Continue reading

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An Interview with Tahira from Embarq India

One of the important challenges for developing a smart city is to build an efficient transport network. To understand what is needed to build and intelligent transport model,I interviewed Tahira Thekaekara of Embarq India, a not-for-profit organization with a mission … Continue reading

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The Gamification of Energy Conservation: An Interview with Stefan Versluis

When Jan Carl Diehl sent me a list of companies I’d like to visit while in Delft, he wasn’t very sure about what Shifft does but recommended it anyways because of my interest in gaming. However, after our visit to … Continue reading

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A conversation with Ratnesh Yadav from Husk Power Systems

I interviewed Mr Ratnesh Yadav, who is the Co-Founder of Husk Power Systems (HPS). HPS covers the entire gamut of energy production and it is the only company that both produces as well as supplies energy. Ratnesh was instrumental in … Continue reading

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Why There Is Much To Look Forward To

By Muhammad Khan Somewhere along the way we became a deeply cynical people. We stopped believing in the people whom we had elected to represent us. We continuously lowered our expectations, began to demand less and less from our leaders. … Continue reading

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A conversation with Sriganesh from LIRNEAsia

As the Design Public conclave is drawing closer, we are reaching out to experts to develop our four challenge tracks. In this process I interviewed Mr. Sriganesh Lokananthan, Senior Research Manager at LIRNEasia, a regional information and communication technology, policy … Continue reading

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More Speakers at the next Pecha Kucha Night

This post has been pending for a while now, but I’ve been so busy actually speaking to and meeting with the speakers, that I haven’t had time to actually introduce them! So, without further ado, here are short introductions to … Continue reading

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A Capabilities Approach to Design

A couple of weeks ago in Delft, I met with Annemarrie Mink, a PhD student at Industrial Design Engineering, Technical University, Delft, who over the last few years has been involved in designing for the bottom of the pyramid. For … Continue reading

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Of Imperial Cities, Old and New

Vienna is a very lovely city, just au point, al dente, goldilocks perfectly cooked, absorbing and redistributing cultural influences from the Germanic world, from Italy, from Slavic middle Europe. It should be obvious why this is so, for it was … Continue reading

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