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 / Children / Creativity / frugal innovations / Inclusive innovation / Innovation / policy / Start-ups / technology / Uncategorized / women

a legacy of inclusive grassroots innovation

What is common among Santosh Pachar, a lady farmer from Rajasthan, Paresh Panchal, a mechanic from Gujarat, Akash a tenth class student from Tamil Nadu, Shalini, a student from Patna and six other innovators from around the country?Hosted by The President of India as innovation scholar in residence along with two artists and writers at … Continue reading

Creativity / Entrepreneurship / Inclusive innovation / Innovation / policy / Research / technology

Rapid Prototyping Multiple Futures, given Global Uncertainty

With the exorbitant hike in UK visa fees and Brexit, globalization got its first blow.  With the transition in US government, a very big question mark has been put on the future of globalized world as it evolved so far.  For all the apologists of uniform world economic order, and WTO, the movement of capital … Continue reading

frugal innovations / Innovation / technology

Why is hunger for innovation so low in Indian polity?

While reflecting on innovation ecosystem for national transformation a few days ago at an apex industrial association forum, I had to ask the industry representatives as to why were they so complacent in seeking ideas from outside? Many MNCs with even  a very large  market share and no imminent threat to their dominance seem more … Continue reading