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INK 2013 | All That Matters

Calloh!Callay! I finally made it out to INK. Well, InkLive to be accurate, but what the heck. Joy all around when I managed to score a press pass to cover the event.  So I hopped onto the night train with the Jaaga crew, and found myself back in Kochi, for the first time since Startup School moved back to [...]


 
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Startup School | Living in the future.

After a long hiatus, I’m finally back with something to write about. As most new things go, the last few months have a been a whirlwind of ideas, sleepless nights and dreams that has finally manifested itself into its physical form as  Startup School.IN.  Startup School is an intensive 3 month residential incubation program, focused [...]


 
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TED Bangalore : Everywhere on Earth

My mind is spinning and is all aglow from all the inspiring people and ideas encountered this afternoon. I just got home from the TED Bangalore Auditions, that were held in the Mount Carmel College auditorium, a landmark college in the city. Seeking to discover it’s next speakers, TED came to Bangalore, to conduct its [...]


 
Feedback and comments by Anisha Shankar for Design Impact
Nutrition and Design

Anisha Shankar, is a Design Impact Fellow working on a nutrition and livelihoods programme at Deep Griha Society, a charitable organisation that serves people living in the slums of Pune, India, through programmes ranging from education, to health, to self-help projects. Their primary office is located at Tadiwala Road in Pune. Maitreyi had a chance to interview Anisha below are the excerpts from the interview…


 
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Creative thinking, Design Education and Innovation

Isn’t innovation essential for a country’s development? And do you really need to be a designer to innovate? I don’t think you necessarily need formally design education to innovate. Understanding design does help in an innovation, but I don’t think its essential. What is essential is creative thinking and creative problem solving that is the core to innovation.


 
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Urbanized: The Design of Cities

A few weeks ago, Gary Hustwit kept his promise and sent me a DVD of his new movie Urbanized. No, I don’t know him personally but I backed his Kickstarter campaign and hence got the DVD. Having seen the movie now, I am glad I made that investment. Urbanized completes Hustwit’s design-themed trilogy after Helvetica [...]


 
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UnBox Festival V.2

As some of you might have noticed, there has been an explosion of design related conferences and festivals that have sprouted up in India, over the last few years. Unbox is part of the mix. This year, in its second avataar it was bigger, better and shinier than the previous one. The 3 day long [...]


 
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“New-Improved” : Haute Waste

“New-Improved” is a label started by Namrata Narula, a textile designer based in Bangalore India. (She is also is a close friend and classmate of mine from college). “New-Improved” stems from the age old habit of recycling, preserving and jugaad especially amongst Indians. The idea behind the label being that there is still use and [...]


 
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Digital Green – bettering farmers’ livelihoods via technology

Image – Digital Green website Rikin Gandhi made it to Technology Review’s Young Innovators list 2010. And rightly so – his NGO – Digital Green aims at educating farmers of developing countries using innovative, simple technologies.  The seed of Digital Green was sown while Rikin was working at Microsoft Research Labs, India, a few years ago.  At Microsoft, the [...]


 
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InteGreater – Networking for Social Enterpreneurs

Following the conversation with Kalyan Akkipeddi about ProtoVillage, I decided to weasel a little more of his time and get him to talk to me about InteGreater. I reckoned it would help me understand the larger framework within with the ideas of social entrepreneurship; sustainable habitats and knowledge sharing are situated. One of Kalyan’s favorite [...]