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Children innovators and researchers: a new paradigm in design thinking & doing (DTD)

Jerky ride on an uneven bumpy road will unnerve anyone. But if a patient on a stretcher has to be carried in an ambulance on such away, will that patient not be inconvenienced even more? This question might not bother is, the grown up because we have learned to live with inertia and inconvenience for decades … Continue reading

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Inclusive cities of the future: Creative commons, compassionate connectivity

Communities of thought, practice, and forecasting future shape our individual aspirations and value system. If these communities spur the conversation about the future generation, and forge rituals for remembering their share in our current consumption, they foster a different kind of lifestyle and institutions than when we ignore such conversations. Similarly, when communities invoke in … Continue reading

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Gandhian legacy for next 1500 years: A dialectical discourse

Shahid Bhagat Singh, whose birth anniversary nation celebrated recently, reminded us that it was easy to kill an individual, but not to kill an idea. Mahatma Gandhi was killed but his ideas endure. No idea remains valid for all times unless it assimilates evolving contradictions of social, cultural and environmental consciousness. When he gave a … Continue reading

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Early indicator of a transformed India: 77% ideas from disadvantaged children

Who would have imagined that Indian search for inclusive development, thanks to National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF), would have achieved such transformative results in mobilising innovative ideas from disadvantaged children? In the latest round of ideas received by NIF, more than seventy per cent, yes, seventy seven percent, ideas to be exact have been received from … Continue reading

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Augmenting autonomy and agency through innovative designs

Empowering communities as well as designers through embedding autonomy is not enough. One must also have agency to use that autonomy for reciprocal and responsible designs for inclusive social development. Autonomy is the freedom to act. Agency is the willingness to use that freedom. Inclusive development implies technological, institutional and cultural solutions that are accessible … Continue reading

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Why is not Indian state impatient with marginal regions and institutions?

After completing the walking and exploring course, shodhyatra in churah valley, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh IIMA students had an opportunity to meet Mr Hansraj dy speaker of Himachal Pradesh. Mr Hansraj, 35 years, had asked more than five hundred questions in HP state assembly about his constituency in previous five years. The students shared their experience … Continue reading