I’m very pleased to share the final videos from all the excellent presentations at the last Pecha Kucha Night in Delhi, which focused on Education for Innovation. You can subscribe to the CKSIndia channel on YouTube to access videos from past Pecha Kucha nights, but in the meantime, here are all the presentations in the order that they were given.
Hemant Sahal, an experienced entrepreneur and social innovator who is currently consulting with us at CKS and the Adianta School, began the evening with a presentation questioning the existing relationship between innovation and education. He also talked about education systems need to be reformed so that they enhance creativity and inventive thinking, rather than stifling it promoting conformity.
Abhishek Sanghvi, strategy consultant and co-founder of the innovative management school, iLead, followed with a presentation about how creativity, curiosity and necessity all drive innovation, and it is essential that educational institutes of all levels try and instill these qualities in students from a young age.
Christian Leborg, branding consultant and faculty at the Adianta School, was the next speaker. His talk focused on the systematic process that designers employ when developing, testing, prototyping and enhancing any new design, and how the skills employed in this process of design development are equally crucial to the process of innovation.
Nehal Sanghvi, the Senior Advisor for Innovation and Partnership in the Directorâ€™s Office at USAID/India, talked about the US-India relationship with regard to innovation, specifically in the context of development and aid. Whether it is called jugaad innovation, frugal innovation, social innovation, or any other title, he said, some of the development-focused innovations coming out of India have the potential to transform social realities not only in India, but across the world.
Prashi Agarwal, a co-founder of AmbitionMe, spoke next about the kinds of misalignments that currently exist between the education system and the world of work. Using an example of a student who had actually experienced this disjunct, she highlighted the problems and offered solutions that AmbitionMe has developed to counter this issue.
Siddharth Bathla, Director of the Design Factory India, was the next speaker of the evening, and focused on how innovation is taught at the Design Factory, a center of interdisciplinary study. The center aims to bridge the gap between students and industry, as well as bridge the gap between disciplines. Students from different disciplines (and from around the globe), therefore, collaboratively work on projects in direct coordination with industry.
Abhimanyu Nohwar, a consultant to the National Innovation Council (NInC), followed with a presentation about the Innovation Education project of the NInC, including its vision, goals and methodology. One of the first things they decided at the start of this process was to focus on inclusion and to steer away from traditional institutional models of education and to devise an alternative model that could allow for more creativity, collaboration, partnership and cross-disciplinary study.
Mike Knowles, the Dean of the Sushant School for Design, spoke next. His presentation focused on the importance of design for innovation, especially in the social space, and how this kind of education is becoming more and more prevalent in India. This requires not design education, but design thinking, which is coming into greater focus as well, and focuses on instilling empathy, creativity and rationality when tackling problems in any sector.
Ishan Khosla was the final speaker of the evening, and ended with a presentation that talked about design education and innovation. He began by saying that design education shouldnâ€™t be something that only design students and professionals should be exposed to, and that at the higher education level. Rather, design education should begin in schools, at an early age, since one of the most important skills it imparts is critical thinking.