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More lessons on institution building for sustainable & empathetic outcomes

Last week, I mentioned some of the lessons of institution building. I wish to take this discussion forward here because there is a crisis in many institutions of excellence in public, private and civil society sector. One of the major questions the students of institution building ask is about the progressive dilution of values with … Continue reading

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Towards an impatient and agile   ecosystem for inclusive innovation

Recently, among various Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards given by the Hon’ble President of India, there were a few ideas which addressed some of the widely prevalent problems needing extremely affordable solutions.  As in the previous years, innovations from and innovations for grassroots were showcased at the Festival of Innovations and Entrepreneurship hosted by the The President’s Office.  The National Innovation … Continue reading

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Three decades of service of creative people: network, institutions and individuals

A social movement needs an institutional support  system for carrying forward various   missions. SRISTI provided such a support during last 25 years to the Honey Bee Network and the other  institutions it spawned by HBN such as GIAN and NIF-India. Hundreds of volunteers will meet at Garmbharati, Amrapaur, Gandhinagar during june 1-3 to reflect, rejuvenate and recalibrate its  commitment … Continue reading

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A fish in a tear: 41st Shodhyatra in Andaman and Nicobar islands

Hundreds of freedom fighters and other prisoners were exiled by the colonial rulers to Andman and Nikobar islands, called as the ‘kalapani’, then. Most young people who take freedom for granted must at least visit the cellular jail or read about it to realise the unbearable torture that these valiant Indians had to bear so … Continue reading

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A coffee making machine by a school dropout

While getting ready for 41st Shodhyatra in Andaman, I met Sundaramji, a very dedicated farmer and Honeybee Network collaborator in Rajasthan who described the story of how he discovered an innovator who has made a coffee making machine. Jitendra dropped out after 7th class in 2010 and has passed 10th by National open board in 2016 and started … Continue reading