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Food for Thought: Sneak Peek from Aditya Dev Sood’s book “India’s Innovation Path”

A chapter from Aditya Dev Sood’s book “India’s Innovation Path” will serve as a background note for CKS’ positioning on innovation in India at the upcoming Design Public Conclave to be held on the 29th and 30th of November in … Continue reading

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Innovation and the Modern Indian Conglomerate

A report, now several years old, written by my friend Kristen Bound describes India as an uneven innovator. I’ve been thinking about that characterization over the last several weeks as I’ve met with senior-middle managers in several corporations in India, … Continue reading

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Video: Imagining India as an Innovation Society

Watch this brief video summary of the third panel at the last Design Public Conclave, held in New Delhi on April 20th, 2012. The discussion focused on the current state of innovation in India, it’s over-dependence on less sophisticated innovation … Continue reading

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A Story About the Aakash and India’s Tech Industry

All last year, we heard about the Aakash tablet and how India had created history by producing the world’s cheapest tablet computer. Launched at the low price of $35 USD, it promised to transform India’s educational institutions by bringing computers … Continue reading

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Leveraging Culture to Build Sustainable Businesses

Throughout its history, India has been the recipient of a wide variety of outside forces that have sought to transform and improve its culture in all manner of different ways, now more than ever. Its radical economic transformation since achieving … Continue reading

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India Needs to Innovate: James Crabtree interviews Anand Mahindra

I just re-watched this excellent Financial Times video interview where James Crabtree talks to Anand Mahindra about the state of innovation in India, where he talks about jugaad, frugal innovation, and ‘Indovation’ in general, especially his skepticism of so-called ‘Indian … Continue reading

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CKS’ Certificate in Innovation Management

With Shreya Anand On the 19th of April 2012, the Center for Knowledge Societies conducted its first Certificate in Innovation Management (CIM), an innovation training workshop designed to provide an introduction to a basic theory and practice of innovation. The … Continue reading

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Redefining Frugal Innovation

This morning, I read an Economist article on innovation in emerging economies that began by talking about the Tata Nano and frugal innovation. If you’re like me, you’re probably groaning at the thought of yet another piece that cites the … Continue reading

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Aditya interviews Sam Pitroda

Yesterday, CKS’ CEO and Founder, Dr. Aditya Dev Sood, interviewed Mr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations and Chairman of the National Innovation Council (NInC). Mr. Pitroda is also Founder and CEO of … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Innovation

Is Innovation inherently unsustainable? Over at the World Policy Institute, Greg Lindsay writes about the unintended consequences of innovation — specifically, of frugal and user-driven innovations. Lindsay takes the example of the 1 lakh rupee (approximately $2500) Tata Nano car, … Continue reading

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