“…In the race to become consumers, producers, innovators , we often disregard where most of our resources are coming from” Continue reading Eight things you need to know about the next 50 years into Future
“Next time, I’ll come and spend a week teaching them ( PG mgt students) how to use Agile for business innovation.” was a suggestion to the Board. It wasn’t the first time I was attending a board meeting, but it was the first time I was in attendance for a business school. I wondered what the concept was, an oft repeated statement. Is it often that IT philosophy is used in other disciplines? I remember Prof. Karl Ulrich at Wharton had a background in Mechanical engineering and also borrowed some concepts from operations management to create rather interesting and simplified … Continue reading Speed and Agility
SEND: through wireless ether, non-time specific Calcutta, India 19 Aug. 17 Hi Nikola, It’s been two years less a century between your autobiography first published in 1919 in the Electrical Experimenter and now that I first read it. I happened … Continue reading Letter to Nikola, written a century later.
Stephen Hawking, recently said; “We are living in a world of widening, not diminishing, financial inequality, in which many people can see not just their standard of living, but their ability to earn a living at all, disappearing…” AI or … Continue reading The Re Skill Trap and the pumping balloon.
While at NIFT, a major part of my job became pushing files with lingo such as post facto, ex post facto, pro bono, status quo and the sorts. (Why a “fashion” institute is still stuck with an ancient method of record maintenance is still a puzzle to me.) The word status quo came towards me from many directions. “Don’t challenge the status quo” came again from the HR in a private jewellery company, as I experimented with changes in the branding plan. That actually pushed me a step further towards the door. “Let the lions sleep” advised another colleague in … Continue reading Should you let the Lions sleep?
Nothing Happens unless something Moves. Albert Einstein. Last autumn, I got the opportunity to take a “Makers” workshop for a bunch of management students. They considered it as “craft” exercise. The aspect of making was new to some of them. We started with the material most familiar to them and many people across the world and that is Paper. For the next Makers Workshop we introduced Plastic and this time the group was clearer with their understanding of how to use a material The next trimester, we introduced a Hackathon competition and the brief was to use basic material such … Continue reading How we “Make in India”
what if the government had used the Design Thinking Approach to simplify, clarify and expand its vision such as the one below? Continue reading Envisioning MiSiDiCi
If you were ask in India what is the current buzzword, supported by marketing efforts of course, you would get Make in India, Digital India, Smart Cities among some more floating on the social net. All of a sudden we are considering being “Smart”. Silently we whisper to each other “What is meant by Smart”? Is what is meant “Smart” by them the “Smart” we understand? (Do we really?) We then look up to the architects of the word and ask , “What is Smart?”. The self appointed architects reply with a mock shock, “You don’t know?… “See.” They point … Continue reading Smarty Pants
Next time you buy or use something, try to evaluate what could the designer have in the mind.Then, maybe you can decide if the product you are using has been designed well or it is echoing any of these thoughts Continue reading Design. Lost in translation?
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Apple’s new iphone. Will it make a difference in India compared to other competing brands? The colours seem fresh and new; but for Apple. Fashion history has seen that bright colours like neon are generally short lived trends which last for a couple of years in the classic “fad” phenomena. They peak during their popularity period and then rapidly decline. Remember acid tones, which gained popularity a decade back? Once the fad reached the streets, it quickly exited along with bell sleeves and platform heels. While acid tones have a neutral association, apart from the… Continue reading The new Apple IPhone and India?