A Conversation on Integrating Design and Innovation

Why are organizations across sectors all over the world trying so hard to innovate?
Why are design skills so essential to innovation?
Should design and innovation be an underlying paradigm within all organizations?
Is design just a profession or is it more than that?
Can innovation and design be applicable beyond the world or work?
Should design skills only be resident with the ‘designers’?

If you’ve thought about any or all of these questions, come join our conversation on how and why design and innovation skills are integral to health of any organization, and indeed any person. The conversation will be led by Hemant Sahal, an experienced entrepreneur and social innovator, who is also joining us as a collaborator to the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation. Here’s a little more about him:

Hemant is currently working at Manipal Global Education Pvt. Ltd., where he develops new business services and products by connecting three dots – youth, entrepreneurship and education.

He founded Kairos Society (India), an international organization of young entrepreneurs working to create billion-dollar businesses that tackle global challenges such as healthcare, clean-technology, and education.

As a junior at college, he designed a low cost water purifier – CALLMAT which was awarded by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public – Lemelson Foundation, Villgro Foundation and National Design & Research Forum. This venture was finalist at Startent Entrepreneurship Awards by European Commission and one of the 50 start-ups showcased at New York Stock Exchange in 2010.

He has been recognised as Young Thought Leader for 2010 by CRISIL, Standard & Poors company. He has been a speaker at several international platforms like Doing Good Doing Well (Barcelona), Tech4Society (ISB, Hyderabad), Young Innovators Program (IIT M, Chennai) among several others. He has been featured in several international media like The Times of India, Bloomberg, The Hindu, La Vanguardia (Spain’s famous daily), Stories of Change 3: 20/20 Vision – Predictions of the decade and others.

Hemant graduated from VIT University with major in Biotechnology in 2011. He has helped set-up Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Development(CSED) and Global Innovation Village Program at his University. Hemant hails from Gurgaon and is now based out of Bangalore. He loves to read on various subjects and has been recently exploring his love for design.

Join what promises to be an excellent conversation, tomorrow (Friday, 25th January) at 4 pm, by following and tweeting with the hashtag #adiantas. See you there.

About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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