Entrepreneurship / Inclusive innovation / policy / social innovation / Start-ups / technology

Big mandates: Bigger Vision and Even Higher Compassion

When society gives big mandates to parties and social standpoints, it also expects  magnanimity and inclusiveness in the same measure. I want to list some of  the reforms that are crying for implementation in the larger institutional interest of an inclusive society.  For a long time, we have been trying to universalise the benefits of food security, … Continue reading

Awards / Creativity / Inclusive innovation / policy / Research / social innovation / Start-ups

celebrating inclusive grassroots innovations: Third festival of innovation

The Festival of Innovation (FOIN) is a unique initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognise, respect and reward grassroots innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem.  President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the FOIN at Rashtrapati Bhavan today lauding the contributions of the grassroots innovators. Thanks to the support of his office, the  FOIN … Continue reading

social innovation

Neki Ki Deewar(માનવતા ની દિવાલ)

wall of humanity. Whatever extra things you have, please leave it, and take whatever you want from here. Humanity is the biggest religion. This wall is for those in need. Please don’t misuse it. Doesn’t need any investment. Just one wall, and an idea. How awesome is that? Location:Palanpur, 150 km north of Ahmedabad, on … Continue reading

Biodiversity / social innovation

गाँधीवादी देवदूत – समतभाई जाड़ा

गुजरात के चोटिला तालुका में धेरै गाँव के समतभाई सही मायनों में लोगों के व्यक्ति हैं। उन्होंने सिचाईं, वृक्ष और सेहत सहित कई सकारात्मक विषयों पर जागरूकता फ़ैलाने के लिए पड़ोस के 11 गाँवों में कई कार्यक्रम किए हैं। सुरेंद्रनगर और राजकोट जिले की सीमा पर उनका तालुका है। यह क्षेत्र पथरीला और पहाड़ी भूमि … Continue reading

Children / Creativity / education / social innovation

Masti ki pathshala: why can not we let more such innovations take place?

It is well known that in many states, economic development does not always lead to educational development. Why should ranking on economic and social indicators vary so much? One reason, I have repeatedly mentioned over last two decades  is that top level policy makers don’t spend  enough time, not  even one hour a week with … Continue reading

Children / Ecology/ Environment / education / social innovation

When smartphone is not very smart! Youth beware!

I happened to meet several groups of young students and scholars in NIT and IIT’s during last week. One of the concern I have is that large number of very bright young technological and management students ( science students seem to suffer less from this problem) get easily distracted by messages and notifications on which … Continue reading

social innovation

Scaling up social innovations/technologies: cook in cast iron vessel to overcome anemia

The desire for  reforms and policy redesign at much faster pace than is the case just now is growing in society. The impatience with inertia is a good sign and public policy makers must take that as a positive sign. Without a set of demanding clients, no institution can pursue continuous innovation. How to institutionalise … Continue reading