Design!publiC 2: Wrap-up and What Will Come Next

It’s been quite a day. Deep conversations and discussions have abounded, heartfelt thoughts have been expressed, participants have been involved in brainstorming and ideating sessions, and many excellent ideas and possible solutions have emerged. Possibilities for collaboration and partnerships have emerged as well, and overall, spirits are high.

The Conclave has brought together such a range of brilliant minds from different backgrounds, with different experiences and areas of expertise, and the meeting has allowed for representatives of such usually disparate sectors to come together, and revealed previously unconsidered areas of collaboration and opportunities for partnerships. Many have been exposed to ideas and theories that they have not previously encountered. Those who work in these areas have had their own theories tested and reconfigured. People who have no prior experience in this area have been involved in brainstorming and concepting sessions. New and innovative solutions for India’s grand challenges have been proposed, and all in all it has been a day full of condensed learning for everyone.

But now, rather than allowing us to pat ourselves on the backs for getting this far, we must turn to the more sober truth that this conversation, while extremely necessary and valuable, is only a first step. We must now take all that we have learned through the day, and ensure that these brilliant ideas and solutions find realization.

So what comes next? We have to ensure, all together, that these solutions are taken forward, that partnerships and collaborations are made solid, and that this conversation is continued online, on the Design!Public blog, in person, and through the work we all do. There will be a follow-up event in Delhi on April 12, 2012 where a lot of these points of action will be re-examined, to see how far we have proceeded and to share our thoughts and insights once again.

In addition, findings and outbriefs from the Conclave will be shared with Indian and international media, with government agencies including the Karnataka State Innovation Council and the National Innovation Council. Funding agencies including USAID, Hivos, the Gates Foundation among others have expressed an interest in the outcomes of this event, and they will be specifically briefed on the emerging focus and interest in innovation as a means of bringing about socio-economic change.

Finally, we expect that the media will play a seminal role in reporting on and interpreting and translating the intense and informed dialogue and discussion that will ensue in Bengaluru, as we take on the important question of how to make Innovation serve the Public Interest.

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