Monthly Archives: December 2012

Bringing the Pieces of the Jigsaw Together

Of late, much emphasis has been placed on the need to revisit the IEC (Information, Education, and Communication) strategy of the Total Sanitation Campaign to address the sanitation challenge in India. Likewise, many initiatives, such as the Reinvent the Toilet … Continue reading

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Nimble Agriculture: The Road Ahead

I helped facilitate the Nimble Agriculture session at Design Public 4. We sought to gain new perspective into the largely unsolved challenge of how we can use mobile technologies, social networks and new and innovative approaches to services deliver to … Continue reading

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Collaboration for Education: the WISE 2012 Summit

As you’re probably aware, we’ve been grappling over the past couple of months with the idea of collaboration and its relationship to innovation, the basic premise being that a cross-sectoral collaborative approach is one of the crucial ingredients for systemic … Continue reading

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Dreaming Up Solutions for a Post-Grid World

We know that there is a looming power crisis. We know that there is an environmental crisis. We know that there is a world of remarkable new innovations and technologies that can solve both. And yet, we know the uptake … Continue reading

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Christensen on the Varieties of Innovation

We’ve been talking a lot about value creation versus frugal innovation in India. Over in the States, Clayton Christensen is operating with three different terms, ‘Empowering,’ ‘Sustaining’ and ‘Efficiency’ innovations: There are three kinds of innovations. The first are “Empowering” … Continue reading

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Design and Other Ways of Knowing and Doing Things

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Ambedkar University of Delhi (AUD), a somewhat hidden gem of a university, tucked away around the corner from Kashmere Gate on the edge of the old city of Shahjahanabad. Its small campus boasts … Continue reading

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Of Like and Unlike Minds

  I’m still reeling, I must confess, from my recent travels and conferencing. I was in Adelaide, Australia, a fortnight ago for the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) Summer School (#SIXOZ12). I went at the advice of several friends and associates, … Continue reading

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A Question of Answers

An event like Design Public is a live happening — what will unfold and what it will lead to can never be known in advance. One reason we keep hosting and holding this event is that it keeps teaching us … Continue reading

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Grand Challenges Innovations at Design Public

The first day at the Design Public Conclave last week was dedicated to brainstorming new cross-sectoral engagement models to promote innovation in four challenge areas – post-grid energy, equitable water and sanitation, smarter cities and nimble agriculture. Participants split up … Continue reading

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