Monthly Archives: September 2012

What we mean when we talk about Nimble Agriculture

In a previous blog, we mentioned a weekly trend of the sabha at CKS. For this week’s sabha, we decided to present two of the challenge tracks for the upcoming edition of the Design Public Conclave. One of them is … Continue reading

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At the Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna — speaking tomorrow

At the invitation of Thomas Geisler, a design curator at the MAK museum in Vienna, I’m giving a talk on design for change tomorrow evening as part of their Strategies for the Future lecture series. I’ll be talking about the past … Continue reading

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Probing India’s Water Sector

Lately, we have been trying to seize all possible opportunities to explore and develop the four challenge areas of the Design Public Conclave, to be held in November this year. In such a situation, how could we not make use … Continue reading

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A Pecha Kucha Night that celebrates the Sari

We’re pleased to announce that CKS, in association with CMYK bookstore, is organizing a Pecha Kucha Night in Delhi around the theme of the Sari. We will bring six speakers whose presentation will delve into a range of aspects of … Continue reading

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New Thinking from Old Folds

  This has been a week away from work, retiring with the wife and child in Austria and northern Italy. I’ve been on long walks with friends who live here among the Alps. There have been several long reflective late … Continue reading

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A conversation with Himanshu Thakkar from South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People

In the process of reaching out to experts, I interviewed Mr. Himanshu Thakkar, who is a coordinator of South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, an informal network of organizations and individuals working on issues related with water sector. … Continue reading

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Smarter cities India forum

IBM, as a part of its global initiative to create smarter, sustainable, technologically-led cities, is organizing a Smarter Cites India forum, the sixth edition of a series of global events. The forum, to be held in Gurgaon tomorrow (the 13th … Continue reading

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Citizens as designers, not deciders

I just read a brilliant piece on the SSIR blog, which talks about the current design of political systems, and what they allow and disallow in terms of citizen participation. The author, Brodie Boland, talks about how it is hard … Continue reading

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Thinking Beyond Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid

I spent much of my last week at the Technical University Delft, Netherlands, where I was invited to talk about the lessons learned and challenges ahead after ten years of BoP or emerging markets. The visit was organised around a … Continue reading

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A conversation with Shripad Dharmadhikary from Manthan Adhyayan Kendra

As we announced yesterday, planning for the fourth edition of the Design Public Conclave has begun. This time around, the conclave will address four large challenges: Equitable Water, Smarter Cities, Post-Grid Power, and Nimble Agriculture. In order to gain a … Continue reading

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