Author Archives: Ayesha Vemuri

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.

Innovations in Agriculture: A Farmville to Train Real Farmers

via @FastCoExist Gaming seems to keep popping up everywhere as one of the most interesting means to create social impact. One such new venture that I came across recently is Farm Defenders, “a Gates Foundation-funded game that lets people use … Continue reading

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3 Environmentally Conscious Startups from India

Today is World Environment Day, a time to assess and address the kind of collective impact we’ve had on the environment. While it is important to review where we’ve been failing and why we haven’t been meeting environmental standards and … Continue reading

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Transforming the Social Enterprise and Social Innovation Landscape

David Wilcox, the founder of ReachScale (an organization that aligns the social responsibility goals of corporations with high potential social entrepreneurs), writes about three underlying trends that, according to him, will transform the social innovation and social enterprise landscape. For … Continue reading

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A New Approach to India’s Water and Sanitation Challenge

Water and sanitation are two of the greatest challenges in India today. A quick glance at some of the statistics is sufficient to give you a gist of the situation: . A staggering half of India’s 1.1 billion population lives … Continue reading

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Benevolent: A Crowdfunding Platform for Social Change

The power of the web and social media has transformed not only the way we interact with one another, but also the way we transact with one another. In particular, the ability for individuals to donate and contribute small amounts … Continue reading

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An Innovation Council for Healthcare in India

The union health ministry has just formed an innovation council for healthcare in India. Newstrack India reports that the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is the appointed industry partner for the new council. The council follows, … Continue reading

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A Brief Overview of Failure from Pecha Kucha #19 (Part 2)

Yesterday, I wrote up the first part of a brief overview of the last Pecha Kucha Night, which was held on Friday, the 17th of May, and focused on Failure. It wasn’t all that brief, though, because there was so … Continue reading

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A Brief Overview of Failure from Pecha Kucha #19 (Part 1)

The Pecha Kucha Night last Friday was, for me, one of the most interesting editions of the event, primarily because the focus topic, Failure, brought together a great group of speakers talking about it from very different perspectives. Presentations were … Continue reading

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Adianta School Featured on Mahindra Rise!

We’re very pleased to share that the Mahindra Rise blog recently featured an article on the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation. Alisha Varma, the author, interviewed Adianta Chairman Dr. Aditya Dev Sood about what the school hopes to accomplish … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

Organizing this Pecha Kucha Night on Failure has naturally made me think and talk a lot about failure, as well as its opposite, success. Exploring these concepts naturally led me to TED talks on YouTube (I can’t help myself sometimes!), … Continue reading

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