Many people see the world as being divided: creativity on one side and commerce on the other. Is that really so?
Or can we use design and creative thinking to change the way commerce is conducted, to improve the products we buy and sell, and to make our global value chain more responsible and inclusive?
Can we even utilize creativity itself as a form commerce and how do we protect that creative output against commercial necessity?Â
This Pecha-Kucha features 9Â individuals who have used their unique and new ways of seeing, thinking and making to intelligently combine creativity with commerce. Working in partnership with The Coalition :Â Startup TunnelÂ +Â Adianta School for Leadership and InnovationÂ bring you the 28thÂ Pecha-Kucha Night on February 20th, 2015 filled with stories, music, drink and the sound of conversation!
1. Manish Purohit,Â Authorsupfront
2. Anand Prakash,Â Anand Prakash
3. Yogesh Saini,Â Delhi Street ArtÂ Gallery
4. Neha and Gauri,Â Confettish
5. Gaurav Jai Gupta,Â akaaroÂ Delhi
6. Pranav Sawhney,Â Delhi Makers
7. Laura Quinn,Â Do One Thing
8. Gurpreet Singh,Â LetterNote
9. Mohammed S. Qureshi,Â IntelÃ†on
Manish has over two decades of experience in the world of newspapers, magazines and books. As far as the world of books goes, he considers himself lucky to have experimented in print, internet, mobile formats, and many Indian languages. He has set up and run publishing businesses and worked with leading brands such as The Times Group, Business Standard, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Popular PrakashanÂ and Disney Publishing Worldwide in leadership positions.Â Manish is also the co-founder ofÂ Authorsupfront, a self-publishing platform for the creative community. AuthorsUpFront has carved a niche for itself in a short span of time and he is excited about exploring the limitless possibilities that self-publishing presents to authors.Â Manish also consults on digital publishing and teaches media students as a visiting faculty.
Anand Prakash, is a self-taught gifts, stationery and accessories designer creating visually appealing object dâ€™art. He began experimenting with papercrafts and launched his brand Anand Prakash in 1999. In 2007, he started exploring metal craft which broughthim much popularity and success. What began as a passion for creating beautiful and unique pieces of art by hand has now become a globally-recognised design company known for its distinctive and exquisite aesthetic.
Yogesh comes from engineering and MBA background. After a career including corporate leadership stints in US, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as founding technology startups in Silicon Valley, he has found a niche that allows him to merge his business skills with artistic expression. He launched Delhi Street Art in 2013 with a goal to add more color to Delhiâ€™s open spaces, give local artists a creative outlet to express themselves, and to encourage the citizens to keep their public spaces clean, while appreciating the art. One of the first initiatives was to convert all the 150 garbage bins of Lodi Gardens into public canvases on which amateur and professional artists alike could experiment with their creativity.
Neha is the co-founder of Confettish. There is nothing more exciting for her than a challenge and a great celebration with friends & family! Her passion for celebration made her don the entrepreneurial hat after quitting her Management Consulting job at one of the Big Four Firms. She now plays a 24-hour Consultant to all her clients who want something new for their party â€“ rewarded with her clientâ€™s sparkling smiles & thank you messages when they open their packages! While starting her own business was always on Nehaâ€™ Bucket List, she never imagined the way it would become a reality â€“ not only did she have a strong corporate career ahead of her, she knew that starting a business meant long hours and lesser time for her little daughter. However with unbinding support from her husband and both the families, she decided to spread her wings and fly!
Gaurav Jai Gupta
Gaurav is trained as a woven textile designer at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and in Fashion at National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. A finalist of International Woolmark Prize India & Middle East 14/15 & winner of International Apparel Federation Designer awards 2011 Gaurav strongly believes in the power of making and is passionate about handlooms and empowering the craftsmen at the grass root level and elevation of things handmade. He endorses skill development amongst craftsmen to strengthen and develop a self-sustainable working model.
Gaurav owns the Delhi based Fashion & Textile label AKAARO. The basic philosophy behind this is the continuous focus on fabric as the starting point and the importance of design process/handlooms for the development of new technology in which to make clothing.
Resident in India since 2009, Laura is the founder of Do One Thing, a strategy consultancy that specializes in the intersection of the private, cultural and social sectors. At Do One Thing she currently advises arts organisations on developing private sector partnerships, works with companies on their responsible business and CSR strategies, and is part of the management team of The Coalition, a platform to support creative entrepreneurs.
Prior to founding Do One Thing in 2011, Laura gained extensive experience in brand strategy and advertising, having worked with some of the worldâ€™s leading creative agencies â€“ such as Wieden + Kennedy, HHCL Red Cell, and M&C Saatchi – with clients including Nike, Nokia, Unilever, Nestle, Muller, the UK Government and Fairtrade Foundation.
An electrical and electronics engineer by education, he started his career with his family business where he developed his own clientele, provided them with offsetÂ printing solutions and manufactured paper boxes and cartons. Once it started, he got even more interested in making, breaking and putting back together things from everyday life. This hobby, fueled by his curiosity lead him down the road of discovering 3D-printing, and later recognize the Makers Community in Delhi and around the world. In 2013, he cofounded ‘Delhi Makers’ which is a maker’s community based in Delhi. A place where the founders collaborate and organize hobbyists events, workshops, meets, and activities which focus on areas such as arts, crafts, technology, etc, including but not limited to knitting, 3D-printing, woodworking, pottery, cooking, origami, electronics, software and many more. The aim for the future is to provide a community to the people, which is open-source, with an atmosphere that will enable everyone to enhance their skills and work on their projects, individually or as a team. He is also currently working with the ‘Delhi International Arts Festival’, an amalgamation of all art forms including literature, that unifies the globe into one big stage.
Gurpreet studied Architecture and while still in college, he started a creative agency which he has lead for over 15 years. Always a creative entrepreneur, Gurpreet is involved with two other ventures. With Anisha Singh, Gurpreet co-founded LetterNote, a design centric lifestyle retail and e-commerce brand. He is also the Founder and CEO of Pixpa, a global platform for creative professionals to showcase, share and sell their work online.
Mohammed S. Qureshi
Mohammed is an alumni of theÂ Adianta School for Leadership and InnovationÂ and University of Glasgow. At Glasgow he was pursuing Aeronautical Engineering when he got lost only to discover his passion for education and foundedÂ IntelÃ†onÂ in his first year.He subsequently dropped out in his 3rd year and returned to India.
Mohammed believes there is a huge misconception attached with the term ‘creative’. TraditionalÂ definitions include art, theatre, dance, music and design under the creative banner and disregard science, maths and technology as creative fields. He finds this to be disregard a major obstacle to developing creativity and nurturing the diverse inherent talents that children and young adults possess. He also says that creative skills are possessed by all but it manifests itself in different forms. The problems lies with the formal education system not recognising this and ‘systematically educating’ children out of this skill. He says that if this goes on systematically it could prove to be an existential crisis for humans as creativity is the skill which combines art, science, technology and entrepreneurship.Â He is also an amateur chef, has recently begun blogging and a quiz master who conducts exciting quizzes pan India.
When: February 20thÂ (Friday), 2014 fromÂ 7Â -Â 9 p.m.
Where:Â D-57, Chatarpur Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaÂ @Â Vihara Innovation Campus
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