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Theory of green grassroots frugal innovations

  There has been a considerable confusion created by many scholars who have not used the terms carefully and therefore, have made the task of cumulation of knowledge difficult. Honey Bee Network has used the term grassroots innovations for last 25 years in a particular context of informal sector. For the growth of knowledge, comparative … Continue reading

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How to learn from creative communities and innovators

    welcome beginning, I only wish that this quest will build upon 25 year old quest #honey #bee #network pioneered through #shodhyatras, shodh sankals, survey of innovations through summer search through young students, patent reviews etc., Later National innovation Foundation Chaired by Dr R A Mashelkar has given a much wider platform to such … Continue reading

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BRICS by Bricks: need for new values and ethos for BRICS development bank

Recent agreement, among BRICS nations [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] to develop a new development finance institution is a highly welcome step. A unipolar world needed very badly a new pole. India has the opportunity as the head of the new institution to create new standards of transparency, accountability, participation, democracy and empathy. … Continue reading

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Scaling up grassroots innovation to millions: China Innovation Network, partner of HBN at TUFE shows the way

Just returned from china, met some very interesting example of partnership between informal sector grassroots innovator like liu (who failed three times in scaling up his innovations, or maturing them) and then got in touch through local administration with Zhu, an entrepreneur. Now this briquette stove will be scaled up to 20k per month and … Continue reading

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Sustaining Frugal green innovations: a new paradigm of empathetic and evocative ecosystem

Frugality is not just about affordability. Even I had not stressed enough about circularity (that is, cradle to cradle approach of not developing a waste oriented economy) in my earlier talks and writings. It has of course been a core issue in the Honey Bee Network philosophy for the last twenty five years through a … Continue reading

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BRICKS by brick: an emerging new pole in the unipolar world

Recent agreement, among BRICS nations [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] to develop a new development finance institution is a highly welcome step. A unipolar world needed very badly a new pole. India has the opportunity as the head of the new institution to create new standards of transparency, accountability, participation, democracy and empathy. … Continue reading

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Making budget more responsive to the aspirations of the youth

There have been several welcome announcements in the budget that deserve appreciation, even if some of them are symbolic and segmented. For instance, the venture capital fund for MSME, district level incubation and accelerator program, start up village entrepreneurship program for rural youth, technology research center network to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and agro industry, national … Continue reading

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Ahmedabad Declaration issued on the concluding day of ICCIG 2, IIMA dec 2012: a plea for giving voice, visibility and value-add to the creativity and innovation at grassroots

Grassroots innovations evolve in response to local problems but not always the ones faced by the innovators themselves. Many times, third party problems inspire the innovators to attempt solutions. Thus, these unaided, self-triggered and self-inspired solutions underlie the pursuit of inclusive development by the Honey Bee Network during the last twenty-four years. The International Conference … Continue reading

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Third International Conference on Creativity and Innovations at Grassroots [ICCIG], January 15-19, 2015 Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

The last date for submission of abstracts and final proposals is September 30, 2014; Full paper/posters/plan for a performance expected by Nov 30, 2014. Please share this announcement with others in your professional and social network… Continue reading

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Discourse, democracy and debate: Are we getting what we deserve?

The popular adage is that people get the government they deserve. I am not sure that the current tenor of the electoral discourse is either dignified or graceful. We surely deserve better. If there was a debate on the quality of education in government and municipal schools, poor people could then choose whose prescription would … Continue reading

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Invitation for third International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots [ICCIG], IIMA, Jan 19 – 22, 2015

Invitation for third International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots [ICCIG], IIMA, Jan 19 – 22, 2015 Increasing concern for sustainability has focused attention of academics, practitioners, corporate, social and public policy leaders towards extremely affordable frugal products and services.  A quarter century of exploration by Honey Bee Network has generated several models of engagement … Continue reading