How Do We Build an Innovation Society?

The concluding plenary discussion at the Design Public Conclave will evaluate the ideas that emerge from the first day’s workshops around the four challenge tracks, as well as the discussions of the previous panels of the day. It will look for specific structural changes, investments and new forms of engagement that can be taken forward and crystallized in each of the four challenge tracks as well as in the overall ecology of innovation in India.

The discussion with center around identifying actionable ideas, specifically related to new kinds of collaborations and partnerships amongst the organizations represented at the Conclave. It will also indicate the need for further action and the formation of new coalitions and consortiums between different innovation agencies, practitioners of innovation and execution agencies. Panelists will look for common themes that emerge over the course of Conclave in relation to what need to change, and how we can best utilize the power and potential of design and innovation to create a positive impact within India’s grand challenges.

Panelists include Virginia Sharma, who heads Marketing at IBM India, and has in-depth knowledge of the kinds of initiatives that can best be taken forward. Manju George of Intellecap will speak to the question of how an investment fund can use design thinking to increase the viability and fungibility of its investments. She will also comment on those outcomes of the four challenge tracks which can be applied to financial services for the poor. Anant Shah of the Gates Foundation will speak about some of the challenges encountered so far during his work at BMGF, and what needs to change about how people think about development and innovation that will allow design-led innovation to be the normal way we try to improve things. Aditya Dev Sood of the Center for Knowledge Societies will talk about specific ways in which the innovation process itself can be designed to specifically cater to grand challenges in different sectors. The session will be moderated by Aparna Piramal Raje, an independent Business and Design Writer with wide experience in talking and writing on innovation.

About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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