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Urban Prototyping: The Future of Smart Cities

By Gabriel Harp San Francisco is home to the Grey Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFTA), and together they held the first Urban Prototyping festival in the fall of 2012. The festival provided a forum for projects and discussions, and … Continue reading

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The Helicopter shot for Innovation in India

By Aditya Mishra One of the techniques used in innovation/idea generation is to look at a different domain and bring elements from there to bear upon the problem at hand. Let’s apply that to the problem of lack of innovation … Continue reading

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The Idea of Innovation

By Mala Subramanian To my mind innovation is about plugging gaps in any part the value chain that translates ideas to action on the ground. More often than not, certainly in India, the gap is in diligent execution and project … Continue reading

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Let a Thousand Wisdoms Bloom

By Anjali Monteiro The need for dialogue and collaborative work across disciplines, sectors and institutions is well recognized. Breaching silos and transgressing knowledge boundaries in order to generate innovative solutions are the flavour of the moment. In all this buzz … Continue reading

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Mobility for equity: A gendered perspective on bicycling in India

By Anvita Arora Understanding gender issues in the transport context is of vital importance, since women account for about 70% of those living in poverty worldwide. The growing literature on women and transport has also clearly shown that they tend … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to Kinshasa

By Blessing Okorougo Before arriving to New Delhi to assist the development of an ambitious pilot training programme to empower women of rural Rajasthan on water conservation and climate change, I lived and worked in the DRC for the past … Continue reading

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Why we need to Market Smarter Cities from India

By Virginia Sharma Last month we had a fantastic engagement with decision makers and stakeholders from Government and Industry on making a smarter planet – city by city. It was not ideology and theory and brainstorming. It was about learning … Continue reading

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A New Paradigm for Cultural Conservation and Restoration

By Ratish Nanda The Aga Khan Trust for Culture projects promotes the conservation and re-use of buildings and public spaces in historic cities in the Muslim World. The restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and public spaces is undertaken in … Continue reading

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Rites of Passage: Filmmaking, Gender Reassignment, Pecha Kucha and More

By Jeff Roy My name is Jeff Roy, and I am a musician and filmmaker based primarily in Los Angeles and secondarily in Mumbai. In August 2012, I completed my first documentary project, entitled Rites of Passage, about a deeply … Continue reading

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“A Woman’s Work is Never Done”

By Gunjan Sharma The Initiation Essentially it’s a trap. They choose the mildest one, the most soft spoken one to lure you into saying Yes to speak at the event. So for me it was Stephanie Morimura. In case any … Continue reading

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