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Internet Bus Takes Olympics to Villagers

The recent London Olympics produced champions, new world records, rising athletes and overall spirit of sportsmanship that the world could cheer along with. The Olympics also brought a new leash of joy for villagers from several cities in remote areas of northern India to follow the games and cheer for local athletes, thanks to Google India’s effort to launch the “Internet Bus” tour to spread awareness about the Games to villages and towns.

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Jugaad – A new discipline for the economy of the future

April 2, 2012 3 comments

It’s been called ‘low-cost’ or ‘frugal’; now recognizing India’s excellence – although not monopoly – in the domain of ultra-low-cost innovation, it’s finally been given a Hindi name: Jugaad.

Traditionally, Jugaad are locally-made small trucks that provide low-cost transportation for people and goods in rural India. These small trucks, equipped with an engine derived from an irrigation pump,  typically cost less than $2,000. Recently, the use of the term Jugaad has been extended to describe an improvised arrangement or work-around, which has to be used because of lack of resources or excessive constraints.

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The innovation path must run away from the old before heading towards the new

January 14, 2012 1 comment

In these times of financial crunch and flat growth, there will inevitably be advocates of a return to old Keynesian economics. However successful Keynes’ ideas may have been in their time, I somehow doubt that the same recipes that brought the world back from the Great Depression would work just the same. And it may well be that Keynes himself would also be looking for new ideas if he, rather than his economics, were to return:

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”

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The bread collector: when tradition meets social innovation

May 1, 2011 2 comments

To the keen but unaware observer, the morning routine that takes place in the modern streets of Delhi might seem strange. A man pulls a small cart painted with cows, rings his bell, and collects bread from every household. He doesn’t come to distribute something as the famed milkman would do in other parts of the world; he comes to collect fresh bread. Read more…

To forge the uncreated in the smithy of my soul…

February 4, 2011 1 comment

Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.” James Joyce.

I was meditating on these words earlier this week, re-reading (although not quite for the millionth time) Rollo May’s The Courage to Create, when luck put me in touch with Dishaa and the Presencing Institute‘s core process of profound innovation.

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Dikes or Halophytes: letting go is a good way to spur innovation

January 17, 2011 1 comment

Saline marshlands abound around the world. They are low-lying areas that get flooded with sea water in spring tides, making the soil saline and usually unsuitable for traditional agriculture. In a number of cases in Europe, they have been drained and reclaimed from the Middle Ages and have become prime agricultural lands protected by heavy dykes. Emblematic examples include The Fens in England, the Marais de Dol near Mont-Saint-Michel in France, and of course a large part of the Netherlands.

As the average sea level rises, more pressure will be put on the sea defenses that these areas rely on. While the historical response has been to consolidate dykes, in the future another response may be halophyte plants: plant species that grow in high salinity soil. Read more…

Indovation on a mission; Chinovation still soul-searching

January 4, 2011 5 comments

I like to do some basic research before going to a conference as a participant – even as a speaker 🙂

Prior to attending Marc Giget’s conference in Paris on the emerging Chinese and Indian models of innovation, I started my basic research by googling the words ‘indovation’ and ‘chinovation’ that I had front of mind. While both searches return the usual 10+ pages of links, I was struck by a big difference. Read more…