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


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


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

Awards / Innovation


It was a historic day today when The President of India interacted with five innovation scholars in residence at The presidents house. The President Pranab Mukherjee is the first head of the state in the world to host grassroots innovators ( college students (see children ( at The President of house for three weeks till July 20. Continue reading


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