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Utopias of sharing life, caring community in Paris: a social innovation commune

India has incorporated circular economy concepts in its policy, at long last but real impact is yet to be seen. The potential is immense. I saw last week several examples in a commune, popularly known as Utopias in the eastern part of Paris ( see video of visit   https://www.facebook.com/anilgb.in/videos/10160236555920253/. It was a hospital building which … Continue reading

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Ayurveda is future, but budget allocation are stuck in past

Despite the fact that  patients often go to Ayurvedic hospitals after allopathic treatment stops showing response, isn’t it remarkable that ayurvedic system is able to show remarkable results in many cases. How can it be revitalised and made accessible at larger scale to millions more. The budget for Ayush had increased considerably in 2015-16 but after … Continue reading

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Democratising education: spreading excellence

Majority of institutions of excellence in our country contribute towards spreading excellence in wider society through various means. Some develop open source teaching content, as IISc Bangalore and  IIT Madras did through NPTL pooling engineering courses. Some do summer school to spread social entrepreneurial skills, or develop open source lessons for school education through student volunteers … Continue reading

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New idiom of Governance: need for self-critical discourse

When any society grows, the need for self-critical discourse becomes even more obvious. While sharing my suggestions for fostering an inclusive innovation ecosystem in Kerala at the multi-party launch of Kerala development and innovation strategic council, I was struck by the forthrightness of the colleagues. They were honest in admitting that because of heavy reliance … Continue reading

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GYTI awards celebrate impatient & irreverent innovators

The Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards set up by SRISTI and Honey Bee Network have created new points of reference for recognizing technological excellence imbued with social relevance among students. We received 2915 entries in 54 technology domains from 312 universities & institutes belonging to 34 states & Union Territories. Fifteen  BIRAC-SRISTI GYTI student awardees get … Continue reading

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Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE): celebrating Indian creativity

Tradition  of creative and innovative ways of solving local problems and sharing one’s learning over  25-30,000 years,  got subdued at different times in the history. The cave paintings in Bhimbetka depict the way hunting was done, animals were tamed, ornamentation of human and animals, observing movement of animals, growth of trees and plants etc. Even before the … Continue reading

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Transformation of Indian agriculture: need for a paradigm shift

Increasing income of farmers and workers must be attempted together, one doesn’t necessarily lead to another. It is also true that sometime marginal farmers are worse off than laborers because of lack of mobility and thus limited opportunity to benefit from higher wages from distant labor markets.  If productivity increases, work and wages may eventually … Continue reading