Breakouts Converge: A Live Account of Public Presentations

5:19 pm: Aditya starts the session wherein the thought leaders and decision makers critique and review public presentations made by each of the breakout sessions. An open dialogue ensues.

5:20 pm– Aditya introduces Anirudh who will be running the Start-up weekend in
the CKS space. Says that we will continue with study sessions where we will research, work on the  ideation and share the outcomes of the session that happened today with cadres and government officials who will be a part of the study sessions to follow.

5:22pm: Aditya proposes releasing  an extended outbrief, with glossary and bibliography, inviting contribution to the outbrief in the form of essays, cases, app building, etc.

5:23pm- Aditya hands over to Namrata who will be convening the final presentation. A live documentation of the presentations will also be mapped.

5: 24 pm: Namrata welcomes the panelists and invites the SIX Working Group to make the presentation.

5:26 pm- Aditya, Ada and  Louise Pulford present the ideas shared and generated in the SIX session.

5:26 pm– Aditya says that SIX, India will create space for a professional network to upscale the social development sector by bridging the gap between the social sector and the innovation space.

5:27 pm: Aditya defines the mandate of SIX, India and talks about the importance of making connections, exchanging knowledge and people across India with global counterparts.

5:28 pm: Aditya shares the Party-Network-Party model to be followed for generation of social innovation ideas and collaboration through networking. He also adds Party-Network-Achieve-Party, as an alternative model that has the element of results embedded in it, focusing on the need to have the developmental goal, and people’s interest as the core mandate of SIX India.

5:30 pm: Aditya discusses that  public sector engagement can be ensured by identifying civil servants and government employees with whom dialogues on how government can enable social innovation to succeed, can be initiated.

5:32 pm: Engagement with CSR teams to look for funding opportunities

5:33 pm: Aditya describes the 5  main activities that SIX India must engage in. He lists: innovation boot camp, annual conference-pitch sessions, innovation advocacy , mapping and identifying innovations in India and lastly audit and outbriefs

5:35 pm: Outlining  the organisational  form of SIX, India, Aditya mentions some keys positions and structures, which include, A Board, leaders, membership communities, Secretary, which would make SIX, India live.

5:37 pm: Aditya says that the Working Group has outlined 250k USD as the start-up budget for SIX, India

5:38 pm: Aditya believes that to make SIX, India a success, partners need to express interest, identify counterparts in different regions of India, have regional counterparts, create a charter document and establish a strong funder-donor interest.

5: 47 pm: Prashant Bhushan joins the panel on the podium. Aditya briefs him about the proceedings of the day.

5:48 pm – Ekta shares the findings of  break out group on transportation- talked about how the state of Urban Transportation is a very critical issue that requires an innovative approach to addressing the challenges. shares how their group started with identifying the various challenges to urban transportation system and finalized the core issues to be those of urban transportation as the access to safe and convenient public transportation system. highlights the lack of sufficient parking space, bad user-experience and most importantly lack of quality last mile connectivity.

5:  49 pm: Ekta talks about how this challenge can be addressed through information based service. The major services identified by the group consists of a better bus/shuttle or auto routing services and a better parking space for all kinds of vehicles, from a car to a bicycle.

5: 5o pm: Ekta then elaborates on how government can contribute to information service, by providing real time data on the routes of public transportation.  Furthermore even the general public can contribute in understanding the volume flow by participating in the process. This was followed by debates on which platform will be most effective, however the team decided upon mobile phone applications as the most viable option.

5: 54 pm: Deepshikha rolls out the brief of the working session on garbage and disposal- says that we identified one major challenge out of an array of challenges-

5: 54 pm: Lack of public awareness of the life cycle of waste- the social-ecological footprint.  dearth of information related to -recycling- knowing what to do with our waste- the waste cycle- lack of end to end knowledge are the major challenges.

5:55 pm: Application of the information was another issue  – how to apply information to designing .The panel also spoke about the social stigmas associated to waste- do we have a culture- ownership of waste- during the breakout sessions.

5: 57 pm: Deepshikha shares the future steps for the innovation design- public service announcement, ecological waste footprint calculator and games and apps to share information and spread awareness about garbage disposal.

5: 58 pm:Highlighting the role of the government, she says that public sector participation needs to be encouraged in recycling processes, research facilities and defining minimum standards for the waste collectors rolled out by the government

5: 59 pm: To implement the solutions- we could use Television-radio-internet-mobiles- all forms of social media.

5: 59 pm: Deepshikha concludes by emphasizing the significance of visualizing waste cycle and its journey to involve people in system of waste management disposal.

6:02pm – Divya and Soaib present concepts from the water management challenge group. Challenges included- community, quality, rainwater harvesting etc. Concept 1 was around the polarized access to water. They proposed to curate and overlay maps around 4 data sets.

6: 03 pm: Divya says aspects like population density,volume of consumption, supply,  distribution infrastructure are vital. This data would be sourced both from crowdsourcing and government data. This interactive map of delhi would be accessible online and projecting this map on local water boards. This would improve local planning, and decision making around distribution, this could help with advocacy and establishing pressure groups, it would add an element of self regulation, and help improve infrastructure.

6:05 pm – Soaib says that the second concept looks at making the implementation of water harvesting policy easier for the government. Existing systems are not positioned well and their capacity is not optimal. The concept uses different data types including crowdsourced info and also map out the overflow rates of sewers that are catching this flow. The moment this data begins to be analysed we can identify correct spots to install such interventions. We could also incentivise communities to champion the creation of water harvesting units for their localities.

6:06 pm – Hima shares that during the session they looked at the organization structure or ecosystem of what a Civic Innovation lab could look like- tried to talk about what is centralized or decentralized in terms of internally or externally carried out activities whether prototyping, or research or just ideation. Another trend that emerged was that of listeners and empathizers that lie close to users that define the purpose of the very lab.

6: 07 pm: Namit takes on the podium to sum up his session- rolls out the seven core activities of the lab – some of which were- identify problems- create an inventory of needs by crowdsources- field work- sharing- Frame solutions ourselves, create an open data pathway, resource mapping, help build capacity-for public services that we want to help- within the government, the most important one being tapping the policy and regulations and lastly thought leadership

6: 10 pm: About the work structure Namit says that the lab can comprise a board of directors- city department officials- people who are social activists-scientists-designer- dataset manipulators – public policy experts-facilitator community-

6: 11 pm: About the ways of measure success- he says that it can be done by maintaining percentage of the efficiency quality- opinion polls- ask for feedbacks- citizens observations.

6:16pm: Prashant Bhushan appreciates the initiative undertaken by DP in designing the Civic Innovation lab and says that governance structures that must respond to the needs of the people. The people who run the government do not truly represent the people

6:18 pm: Prashant says that the decisions of the representatives is not the basis of people’s interests but vested interest of those who are in power.

6:18 pm: Sharing another panel idea, Prashant says that the Innovation Lab should be to look at conceptualising innovative methods of participatory systems of governance.

6:20 pm:  Prashant proposes to practically create a system where real stakeholders can be involved in taking public decision. At a local level, decision making must be taken only by those who are directly affected by those decisions. The real stakeholders must be involved in the decision.

6:22 pm: Decentralising the decision making process will help in making participatory governance a reality. Prashant says that all the stakeholders will feel a sense of ownership towards the issue and its resolutions. Initiatives and referendums is another solution that the design and innovation process can explore through the idea of the Civic Innovation Lab.

6:24 pm: Highlighting the use of technology, through mobile phones and computers, Prashant says that  decision making and initiatives will become more inclusive.


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