Art Culture Society / Creativity / policy / social innovation / Start-ups / technology

Menstruation: a curiosity gone astray

Conversation about menstruation, despite  very ably made film, Padman has not yet started in the right earnest. I am not sure how many parents have talked to their children around the dining table (if they have one) or in the chuaka, the cooking place about why biological processes are dirty or polluting per se. We … Continue reading

Art Culture Society / Biodiversity / Creativity / Innovation / Research / shodhyatra / social innovation / technology

A kurta without a stitch (39th Shodhyatra)

Imagine wearing a kurta in which there is no stitch, it would be difficult for us to think of it.  But, a weaver Karna Mehr had actually woven a kurta as a cylindrical cloth.  Another weaver  Chukmani Mehr had woven poetry of Shri Gangadhar Mehr in the Barpali saree.   Bhikhari Mehr had woven the Hanuman … Continue reading

Children / Creativity / education / frugal innovations / Innovation / Research / social innovation / technology / women

SRISTI – UNICEF Summer Innovation School 2017

SRISTI Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions SRISTI –  UNICEF Summer Innovation School 2017 संवेदना   C R E A T I V I T Y से   F R O M सृजनशीलता  E M P A T H Y How about working together with other innovation champions  in designing empathetic innovative products, … Continue reading

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