Author Archives: Neha Ahlawat

About Neha Ahlawat

Neha Ahlawat is Associate Director- Innovation at the Center for Knowledge Societies. She is interested in exploring new approaches in ethnographic inquiry and design analysis for guiding social innovation and seeking integration between business development and design strategy.

“Are we just laborers?”- Women in Agriculture

By Neha Ahlawat and Ipsita Mitra Try and picture a day in rural Punjab. We immediately think of a man, toiling away in the field, soiled hands tending to his crops and a look of exasperation on his face. The … Continue reading

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Rethinking Agriculture

My father is an agriculturist and that explains why each time when I am visiting my parents, just like this past weekend, I end up spending a considerable amount of time with my family on discussions around agriculture and its … Continue reading

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Growing Young: Making Agriculture Cool

By Neha Ahlawat and Ipsita Mitra Agriculture still remains one of the mainstays of rural livelihoods in India. While we have been trying to gain insights into how rural livelihoods can be improved through strengthening agriculture, our efforts have also … Continue reading

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Agriculture Clusters as Local Innovation Systems

By Neha Ahlawat and Ipsita Mitra Strengthening the rural economy can be an answer to solving several problems that are plaguing developing countries, including India. The agricultural sector faces the problems of inadequate infrastructure, poor organization and lack of skilled … Continue reading

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Are you interested in exploring the relationship between Societal Trends and Aesthetics?

CKS is looking for enthusiastic people, who can traverse across disciplines, for a trends research project. As a part of this project you would be involved in extensive social, media, and trends research, creating wonderful visual translations, or devising color ranges that … Continue reading

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Tracing ColourNext 2013

ColourNext is a colour trend forecasting initiative for Indian interiors, conducted by Asian Paints in collaboration with CKS. The object of ColourNext is to study and truly understand evolving aesthetic moods in India based on in-depth research into visual and … Continue reading

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Agenda for ColourNext Dialogues 2013

Center for Knowledge Societies in collaboration with Asian Paints is organizing ColourNext Dialogues 2013, a conclave on the social meaning of Indian colour trends and visual directions for 2013, which will be a part of India Design 2013. The two back-to-back conclaves, to … Continue reading

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Nimble Agriculture: The Road Ahead

I helped facilitate the Nimble Agriculture session at Design Public 4. We sought to gain new perspective into the largely unsolved challenge of how we can use mobile technologies, social networks and new and innovative approaches to services deliver to … Continue reading

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No place to pee

My bladder can’t take it anymore…my stomach is giving up too… desperate to attend nature’s call! But I am not a man, and I can’t take the liberty of relieving myself against a wall like the others. I am a … Continue reading

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