Monthly Archives: May 2014

Pride in purpose

The current system of incentives for ASHAs somewhat works, but fails at many levels, especially when it comes to the value and perception of welfare of beneficiaries. The incentives are driving them to do very specific tasks – immunization, sterilization … Continue reading

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Oh Father, Where are thou?

OH FATHER… WHERE ART THOU? We looked here, we looked there, But he was nowhere to be found. We went to his home We looked for him in the fields He was absent all around. Oh father where art thou? … Continue reading

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Towards a Civic Innovation Lab : an Outbrief from Design Public 5

A collection of panel discussions, keynote addresses, expert interviews, and contributed essays exploring the potential of open, mobile and social technologies in ensuring participatory, accountable, and effective governance. Drawing from the rich conversations at Design Public 5, open data solutions, … Continue reading

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Concepts of Publicness, Impulsivity and Reputation In a Rural Setting

When I set out for work today, my course of action, interactions and the way I tracked time was very different from when I set out for work in Bihar, a few weeks ago. Today, I gave instructions on how … Continue reading

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Health is not a luxury of the rich

It is interesting to see how the popular media of communication affect the rural population; their choices and their aspirations. It is like making people believe that a pack of juice full of preservatives will do them more good than … Continue reading

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Labs for Systems Change: A Global Gathering

Aditya and I will be spending the first half of this week in Toronto at the Center for Social Innovation and MARS Discovery District, with over 50 other practitioners representing public and social innovation labs from around the worlds at … Continue reading

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The India Fellows through the eyes of Jacqui Papineau

Over the last few days, in Delhi, the first 20 Fellows of the Acumen India Fellows Program have been part of a seminar that has apparently been testing and gruelling, mentally and emotionally and at some level even physically. But … Continue reading

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The Achievement of Change – how? (Part 2)

In an effort to show off their very proudly hand picked 20, Acumen India asked them a question, ‘How will the Acumen Fellowship help you achieve change?’ . Below are some answers from the next 10 Fellows.

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What’s happening in Myanmar?

CKS is currently carrying out research in Myanmar in collaboration with LIRNEasia. The purpose of this project is to understand the Bottom of the Pyramid Micro Entrepreneurs and the need of communication in their everyday life. With two new private … Continue reading

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Why Reading Should be Embedded in a Country’s Culture

In the words of Meeta Sengupta (a speaker, writer and an advisor on education)  “It is in times like these when one goes back to the drawing board and takes a look at the basics-such as reading”,  she emphasize the … Continue reading

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