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Converting Time Into Space: Distributed Participative Management Of People’s Creativity

How can a mayor of a city use the open spaces, shared spaces, and redevelopment projects to revitalize the cultural neural network of the city? How can common citizens, not just elites have a greater say in shaping the future of the city than what dominant architects and planners will permit them? It is very … Continue reading

Children / Creativity / Innovation

Remembering Dr.Kalam…. by celebrating his birthday as Children Creativity and Innovation day!!

As a small tribute to Dr. Kalam, The Honey Bee Network invited innovative ideas/solutions to unmet needs from children upto class 12 & organised a meeting of creative children who participated in this local and regional idea competition & awarded them today  at 5.00 pm, October 15, 2016, outside RJM hall, IIM old campus.       Continue reading


Once again: spotted an Innovation on road – eco chulha

While driving to Vadodara from ahmedabad, saw a vehicle with “eco-chulha” written on the back glass. Curious to know more, we waived to that car to stop. Ashwin Bhai, a non resident Gujarati entrepreneur owning many motels is an engineer interested in gasification and biomass stove design and manufacture. Exporting these stoves to many countries, … Continue reading


Global Companies Must Create Global Innovation Public Goods

When international companies aspire for global presence and sometimes even domination, they don’t do so only in market place. They try to do so in social space too. Why do then most Indian companies not have similar aspirations. In general Indian companies lack hunger for seeking innovations from within and also from outside, but their … Continue reading

Entrepreneurship / Innovation / policy

Busy as a bee: an article on Honey Bee Network, 2010, June SPAN

Busy as a Bee By VAIDEHI IYER May/June 2010 All over the world, there are people with problems and innovators with solutions. The Honey Bee Network connects some of them to help make their dreams come true. Imagine an automatic food making machine that does away with the trouble of cooking. “Wouldn’t everybody like that?” … Continue reading

Art Culture Society / Ecology/ Environment / education

Shared spaces: enriched culture, community and civic life

With increasing pressure on urban and rural spaces, there is a looming crisis ahead of us in the next few decades. How will we negotiate scarcity of physical spaces with our cultural, emotional and spiritual spaces for “the other” getting squeezed more and more. There is a major onslaught on pluralistic vision of future living … Continue reading

Innovation / Research / women

Innovations by Women : Why are They so Obscure

In my recent book on Grassroots Innovations ( 2016, I describe this dilemma and I quote: “The role of women in grassroots innovations has thus remained rather obscure. The number of innovations by women has also been rather small in the Honey Bee database compared to their real-life societal contributions. There could be many reasons … Continue reading