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A Flight to Catch

I travelled to Kathmandu in December 2014 for my field work to understand the migration journey of  Nepali workers to Qatar. After a few initial protocols, I was flooded with thoughts of their aspirations, apprehensions and reasons for migration. Following is an attempt to summarize the experience … Continue reading

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Of Hills, Hopes and Happiness

After weeks of brainstorming over field guides and running up to unsuspecting strangers to ask for interviews for our dummy protocols, we were finally good to go to Nepal. Except that I almost missed my flight and survived through a … Continue reading

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How everybody met the(ir) Makers – Pecha Kucha #27

Pecha Kucha Night is always fast, eye-opening, exciting and close to an adrenaline rush in a vaguely academic (even if partially industrious this time around) sense. Keeping a track of it successfully would work if you had super-fast internet speeds, … Continue reading

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Adopting the Orphan Crop

By Ipsita Mitra Research. Innovate. Develop. Three key words that describe the seed innovation in what agriculturalists call the orphan crop. An orphan crop is a crop, that is important to many of the world’s poorest people yet largely ignored … Continue reading

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What Disruptive Innovation Really Means

The term ‘Disruptive Innovation’ is often loosely thrown around, many times wrongly assigned to a product innovation that is simply cheaper, better, faster or more convenient than an existing product. According to Clayton Christensen, who coined the term, disruptive innovation … Continue reading

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On Technology and Social Innovation

Oftentimes, when we’re talking about innovation, what it is and how it can be learnt or taught (which happens often over the lunch table here in our office), we end up talking about the different kinds of innovation – technological, … Continue reading

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Even More Speakers at Pecha Kucha Night #13!

The next Pecha Kucha night in New Delhi is exactly a week away, and presentations have begun to trickle in, looking fantastic so far! It will be held on the 11th of October at the American Center (Kasturba Gandhi Marg), … Continue reading

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Leveraging Technology for Small and Marginal Farmers: A Conversation with Vinay Kumar of Digital Green

Last week, I spoke with Vinay Kumar, COO of Digital Green, a platform that deploys technology and social organization to affect sustained social change. Digital Green communicates locally relevant best practices to rural communities using videos that are of the … Continue reading

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A Capabilities Approach to Design

A couple of weeks ago in Delft, I met with Annemarrie Mink, a PhD student at Industrial Design Engineering, Technical University, Delft, who over the last few years has been involved in designing for the bottom of the pyramid. For … Continue reading

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Tata’s Airpod: the future of transportation?

Tata Motors recently showcased its new AirPod – a car that runs on compressed air using technology developed by Luxembourg’s MDI. The AirPod, currently in the prototype stage, is set to become commercially available in a few years. The AirPod … Continue reading

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