Entrepreneurship / Innovation / policy

Busy as a bee: an article on Honey Bee Network, 2010, June SPAN

Busy as a Bee By VAIDEHI IYER May/June 2010 All over the world, there are people with problems and innovators with solutions. The Honey Bee Network connects some of them to help make their dreams come true. Imagine an automatic food making machine that does away with the trouble of cooking. “Wouldn’t everybody like that?” … Continue reading

Innovation / News

Grassroots Innovation: Minds On the Margin Are Not Marginal Minds

A moral dilemma gripped Professor Gupta when he was invited by the Bangladeshi government to help restructure their agricultural sector in 1985. He noticed how the marginalized farmers were being paid poorly for their otherwise unmatched knowledge. The gross injustice of this constant imbalance led Professor Gupta to found what would turn into a resounding … Continue reading

Summer School on GRI and Inclusive Innovations 2015

Reflections: Day 2-July 26, 2015 Summer School on GRI and Inclusive Innovations

Session Details: Understanding GRI (at/with/for/from) Cases of GRI in India and Issues/tensions in-Scouting, Documentation, Validation, Value Addition, Business Development, IPR and Policy Impact Reflections, readings and discussions from Day 1 Interaction with Grassroots Innovators Problem Sensed, Motivation, challenges, support, contribution towards GRI, etc Reflections by Sharmistha Banerjee, IIT Guwahati   It was an interesting experience to … Continue reading

Awards / Innovation


It was a historic day today when The President of India interacted with five innovation scholars in residence at The presidents house. The President Pranab Mukherjee is the first head of the state in the world to host grassroots innovators ( nifindia.org) college students (see techpedia.in/award)m children (nifindia.org/ignite) at The President of house for three weeks till July 20. Continue reading

Exhibition of Grassroots Innovation for Young Presidents’ Organization
Innovation / Lectures & Meetings

Exhibition of Grassroots Innovation for Young Presidents’ Organization

On December 14, 2013, an exhibition of grassroots innovations and interaction of innovators and Honey Bee Network (HBN) members with members of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) was held at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). The event was organised jointly by SRISTI and Abellon Clean Energy. The aim of the event was to Also present in the event. A total of 65 Young Presidents/CEOs/MDs from across India attended the event. Continue reading

International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at the Grassroots comes to an end
Art Culture Society / Biodiversity / Children / Innovation / Lectures & Meetings

International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at the Grassroots comes to an end

In the two and half decades of its existence, the Honey Bee Network (HBN) has initiated and spawned many efforts to highlight the untapped potential of grassroots innovators in alleviating poverty and generating sustainable development. However, it is important to introspect, debate, analyse and improve upon the limitations of the Network and how to best … Continue reading