Monthly Archives: June 2013

Professor Arjun Appadurai kicks off Adianta’s Academic Year

I’m very pleased to announce that Professor Arjun Appadurai of NYU will be visiting the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation later this week. He’ll be giving a talk on social research, design and risk, and will be available to … Continue reading

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Democratizing Education: The Great Wave of MOOCs

Over the last few decades, major revolutions have been made in nearly every field – healthcare, transport, communications, genomics, to name just a few – but not so much in education. That is, until MOOCs came along, revolutionizing the way … Continue reading

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The Stanford Turn

There was a somewhat cheeky piece in the New Yorker on Stanford recently, which suggested it was now just a tech incubator with a football team, and not a true university anymore. Last week, I spent a heady couple of … Continue reading

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India’s Massive Skills Gap – Can it be Overcome?

The ‘Skills Gap’ in India promises to be one of the biggest, insurmountable problems for our economy. India’s “demographic bulge” – the hundreds of millions of young people who will flood its job markets in the next decade – is … Continue reading

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Records for Life: Your design could impact lives across 10 countries!

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has launched a world-wide contest to redesign the child health record. Challenge When immunization information systems function well, health workers and families have the knowledge that they need to ensure that every child is … Continue reading

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Bringing Crowdsourced Innovation to the Healthcare Sector

One of the best things about the Adianta School, as we’ve said before, is our incredible network of partners and mentors who are as committed to innovation as we are. The most recent addition to our partner organizations, as we … Continue reading

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How to Learn the Skills you never Knew you Needed

Last week, we held a workshop at the campus of the Adianta School, which turned out to be one of our most successful interactions with students and young professionals to date. The workshop, delivered by Dr. Aditya Dev Sood, was … Continue reading

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The Opposite of University is Accelerator?

Perhaps this is obvious to you. If not, I’ll spell it out a bit. The model of a university is fundamentally transmissionist, that is, it is designed to allow knowledge to flow from one generation to another, from a small … Continue reading

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EXTREME: Stanford’s James Patell’s Approach to Emerging Economy Innovation

I spent a big chunk of my afternoon chatting with James Patell, he of the famous Design for Extreme Affordability course at Stanford. I wanted to see if we could involve his students in the Bihar Innovation Lab and whether … Continue reading

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Livin’ it up…

At some point you lose count of the hours. One movie in, breakfast, nap, another movie, music, a tv show, a nap. Lunch and beer. Nap. A couple of movies and you still haven’t even hit the borders of the … Continue reading

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