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Artist - Madhurya Balan
The Fearless Campaign | Art in the age of social media

The last couple of months have been rather dark, infuriating and intense. Post the horrific Delhi rape case, all forms of media have been abuzz with stories about rape, in its different shapes, sizes and forms. What’s worse than the act itself,  are the ridiculous ideas and notions that people in this country have about [...]

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Giving a voice to the unheard : Video Volunteers

Video Volunteers is a NGO based in Goa, India that trains communities to be creative, produce content, think critically about situations and to take action. They combine video journalism and activism and enable marginalized communities to report untold stories from their lives and empower them to think about solutions and take action in the right [...]

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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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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 [...]

Low-cost self-diagnosis tool for rural India

Primary health centers are the cornerstone of the rural health care system. In 1991, India had about 22,400 primary health centers, 11,200 hospitals, and 27,400 clinics. These facilities are part of a tiered health care system that funnels more difficult cases into urban hospitals while attempting to provide routine medical care to the vast majority [...]

The Better India – Positive news. Happy Stories. Unsung Heroes.

Tired of the sensationalized reports and negative journalism of Indian newspapers and magazines, Bangalore based husband and wife duo – Anuradha and Dhimant Parekh decided to set up a platform that focuses only on happy stories. Thus The Better India was born. It was an honest attempt to celebrate and bring together those unsung heroes [...]

Bambike – A Bamboo Bicycle

Bruce Sterling’s short story The Interoperation , featured in the Technology Review published by MIT, (Massachusett’s Institute of Technology) can be briefly summarized as a tale of a future where robots build and tear down buildings based on pre-set programs and a future where people ride bamboo bicycles. In present times, this story is not [...]

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Empowering the deaf child – Vaani

VAANI is an organisation that works to empower the deaf child. Its role is to act as a catalyst. Rather than delivering services, VAANI supports the development of accessible sustainable services for deaf children and their families whilst working closely with the overall development strategies of the country. VAANI works with local organisations to build [...]

Uniform Project at Bungalow 8

Most people in the US of A, may have already heard about the Uniform Project. But for those few who still don’t know, here is a quick update. Uniform Project is the brain child of this quirky, fun and fabulous girl called Sheena Matheiken from Brooklyn, NY. She was born and raised in South India [...]


Actor Aamir Khan’s voter awareness campaign for the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch. The campaign comprises three ad films, print ads, internet and mobile communication. The ad campaign is being aired in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese and Oriya so that it can reach out to the [...]