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Towards empathetic design: surer, simpler, and stable design for the real problems

There has been a considerable upsurge of interest in design and development community in reinforcing ‘design thinking’ as if it is a homogeneous set of ideas which can be applied without paradoxes tensions and ethical dilemma. I submit that we need to step a little away from the dominant discourse on need identification, definition and … Continue reading

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Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) awards for distributed talent of India

Many problems that we face in our daily life sometimes needs high tech solution but at an extremely affordable level. SRISTI pioneered the grassroots innovation movement as a part of the Honey Bee Network. National Innovation Foundation is taking this mission forward vigorously. SRISTI decided to promote originality, social, industrial, biotechnological and ecological connect through … Continue reading

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Converting Time Into Space: Distributed Participative Management Of People’s Creativity

How can a mayor of a city use the open spaces, shared spaces, and redevelopment projects to revitalize the cultural neural network of the city? How can common citizens, not just elites have a greater say in shaping the future of the city than what dominant architects and planners will permit them? It is very … Continue reading

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Rethinking entrepreneurial policy: Agriculture and food sectors

India has rightly embarked upon a very vibrant and supportive plan for encouraging startup enterprises to generate jobs and achieve socio economic growth.  However, our analytic lenses are still biased towards IT based enterprises.  Not that these are not important, but for them a reasonably robust ecosystem already exists.  It is the manufacturing technology as … Continue reading