Author Archives: Namrata Mehta

About Namrata Mehta

Namrata Mehta or @littlenemrut, is Director of Innovation at the Center for Knowledge Societies, New Delhi. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Delhi University, and a postgraduate diploma in Experimental Media Arts, from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.

Defining a Prototyping Mindset

For the last two weeks the students at the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation, have been participants in the Hard Prototyping workshop sessions led by Akshat Raghava, independent designer and co-founder of the Indian Design Company. The students made … Continue reading

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The Walk to Work

A 23 part photo essay on my walk to work.

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Crucial Questions for the Civic Innovation Lab

In a presentation on the Civic Innovation Lab, to colleagues yesterday, I was asked a necessary question – What quantifiable outcomes is the Lab dedicated to? The Lab has thus far been conceptualized as an entity that (i) employs user-centered … Continue reading

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3D Print to TALK: An Interview with Arsh Shah Dilbagi

In February this year we built ourselves a 3D printer, not knowing what would come of it, but excited by the possibilities of what it could potentially allow us to do. Since then we’ve facilitated 3D printing workshops, played host … 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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Postcards from Myanmar

Greetings from Yangon, Purpose. Two new telecom operators, Telenor and Ooredoo, will soon be providing services in Myanmar, competing with the services of the highly regulated, government owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunications. How will this impact Micro-Entrepreneurs at the Bottom … Continue reading

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Answers to Three Questions on the Civic Innovation Lab

Over the past few months, we at Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS) have been conceptualizing a Civic Innovation Lab – drawing on the rising civic activism in the city of Delhi, the wide-spread adoption of mobile and social media technologies … Continue reading

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Delhi Makers Meet

On the 4th of March, we hosted the first ever Delhi Makers meet at the Vihara Innovation Campus. The meet brought together a group of people interested in various forms of making – 3d printing, diy electronics, paper making, pottery, … Continue reading

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Your Call is Valuable, Oh So Very Valuable.

I grew up in a Tata family. My parents worked for the Indian Group of Hotels and ‘the-customer-comes-first’ idea was deeply rooted in the work they did then and continue to do today. A couple of months back when a … Continue reading

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Smarter Cities: Take aways to take forward.

The subject of Smart Cities is anything but a simple one, more so because most people have their own particular perspective on it. But when put together, at least from the list drawn up at the Smarter Cities Challenge Track … Continue reading

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