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Details Inspired to Spread Innovations M. Muthuraman m.muthuraman@gmail.com I am working in an IT company in Bangalore and I am bored of hearing the word “Innovation” used within the company as well as from peer firms. I saw the video of your speech given at the TED and was inspired. The corporate firms and the individuals should realise the Honey Bee principle and be inspired. It is amazing to see the innovations of our local people on the world’s screen. I shall try my best to bring awareness among my friends as well as the people in my town. (I greatly appreciate your feelings and would urge you to subscribe to Honey Bee magazine, and also get us more subscribers. I hope you will also visit sristi.org, nifindia.org and techpedia.in. Ed) Agri-business Consultancy Services for the Rural Edward Odhiambo  gracehourenterprises@rocketmail.com I am writing on behalf of Grace Hour Enterprises, a Kenyan firm that specializes in Agri-business Consultancy services among the Small-Scale Land Users in the rural areas. We learnt about you and your work within the agricultural and allied sectors from FOOTSTEPS 54. -   Our immediate plan is to reproduce with your permission for non-commercial use for placement in rural information centres for use by resource-poor farmers presently working with us as Contract Farmers and partners. -    Both English and Kiswahili copies will be well appreciated. We will be happy to include you in our list of collaborators. Kindly, e-mail to me your brief profile and collaboration consent. (We would be happy to send complimentary copies of Honey Bee in the future if you can share with us examples of creative techniques used by farmers in your region. Ed) Honey Bee in Bengali Sukanta Sadhya Sukantasadhya@rediffmail.com I am a self employed person, carrying out business activities in industrial machinery. On learning about your activities in discovering innovative talents and activities, I am interested to know whether you are publishing your magazine in Bengali as well and whether you have an office in West Bengal or Kolkata. (I, first of all, appreciate much your desire to know more about Honey Bee Network and take interest in the Bengali version of HB. We have tried several times but so far have not succeeded in bringing out a Bengali version. But if we get good ethical partners, we will be more than happy to have a Bengali version. Actually a newsletter is also a means to an end and that is to forge a network of people who share similar enthusiasm for creativity and innovation at grassroots. Regarding an office in Kolkata, no we do not have one. Dr. Debal Deb, a volunteer scientist with a centre Basudha in Bankura, has been collaborating with us. He also helped in organizing a Shodh Yatra in Purulia and Bankura during which we discovered a lot of talent in the region. Looking forward to your advice in the matter and any suggestion will be most welcome. Ed) Bastar Youth in Constructive Work Lawrence D’souza lawrencena@yahoo.co.in I read your article in the DNA and think your work with National Innovation Foundation is wonderful and find the efforts very commendable.” We invest so much in costly systems when there are low-cost solutions available”. This makes so much sense, rather than expect the government to come to the rescue of these innovators; don’t you think that companies in the relevant industries that would benefit from the innovations need to be convinced? The fact that great ideas emerge from areas like the Bastar district is very encouraging and special focus and help could go a long way in keeping the youth in such areas occupied in constructive ways rather than get attracted to destructive ways. I would be grateful for more information on Virendra Kumar Sinha’s carbon absorbing innovation. Also, if you could please share tea plucking innovation. The effort is to spread information among decision makers to get support for the innovators ideas and sustainable technologies will win in the future (We are arranging to send the information separately; you can also find a lot of information at nifindia.org: Ed) Sustainable Designing Ben Chapman Ben.Chapman@students.olin.edu I am a freshman at Olin College of Engineering. I am interested in pursuing sustainable design in the context of engineering and I feel that there is a lot of promise in designing for the developing world.  Your talk helped me realize the importance of the human element in design.  I came to the realization that I don’t want to spend my life only focusing on things; that I will have a much greater impact if I focus first on people, then on the things that can help them.   For a long time, I’ve had the idea that an engineer works with a company and designs products.  Now, both you and Tess have helped me realize that engineers can have a much broader impact: An engineer can work with a community and can design solutions. I would enjoy staying in touch with you and I wanted to thank you for your inspiration. (I am very happy that the talk helped you make a subtle and significant transition towards humanizing ourselves. I will be very happy to keep in touch and if you have plans to get engaged with real life problems of ‘knowledge rich economically poor people’, do get back. Look forward to reading your paper. Ed)   Empathy to Innovation Deepak Malghan  dmalghan@gmail.com I greatly enjoyed reading your very thoughtful essay on the relationship between samavedana and srijansheelta. In many ways this captures a large part of the very creative Gandhian material-moral dialectic. I think you make a very important point about Maslow — while Gandhi did recognize basic needs (for example his famous comments during the Orissa tour), he would have transformed Maslow’s hierarchical pyramid to resemble something like his famous ‘oceanic circles’. Indeed one can extend your line of reasoning and argue that a creative moral-material dialectic that is not possible within Maslow’s framework is essential to understanding the political success of Gandhi predicated on his celebrated principle of abhaya. Indeed one of the most important aspect of your Honey Bee work is the incontrovertible evidence that you have been able to gather to support the thesis that srijansheelta is a necessary (and perhaps arguably even sufficient) condition for abhaya. A creative mind; an innovative mind; a skilful pair of hands; really have nothing to fear. The basis of Gandhi’s nai talim was to creatively combine head, heart, and hand… something that is as relevant today as it was in the 1930s.  (Thanks, you are drawing me into a very insightful discourse, something I missed all these years despite being in the town of Gandhi.Lots of people got offended on my statement about Maslow, but that is because they have not experienced enlightenment through creativity without prior meeting of basic needs. Ed) Nourishing with Innovations Sonalini www.thecommunicationhub.com I have worked closely with Raisa Scriabine on the Polio Review Mission in India for the last few years. An associate of hers who works in ‘Nourishing the Planet’ would appreciate any thoughts or guidance on which projects/ people one can connect her to. (There are thousands of creative people scouted by Honey Bee Network all over the country. We can certainly build links with some of them who your friend will like to meet. A great amount of information does exist at www.sristi. org or www.nifindia.org, www.gian.org. Ed) Documentary to Support Innovations Kavita Bahl topquarkfilms@gmail.com We are documentary film-makers based in Delhi. Our films explore the issues related to development - environment, energy, livelihoods, water, gender, and, education. Over the years, we have made a number of films for the United Nations Development Programme profiling their projects, recording the success stories and best practice models so as to create a ripple effect. Hollow Cylinder, one of our independent films, has been widely screened and has won awards at film festivals. This advocacy film dealing with the issue of bamboo and livelihoods has been screened at various educational institutions and has been employed by Centre for Civil Society for its advocacy campaign to Government of India.We believe that each one of us can make a difference to make life beautiful on our planet! (Very nice of you to write to us. We suggest that when you do succeed in getting some sponsor, do share a small honorarium with the innovators to give them their due. We should not enrich ourselves at their cost, is it not? Ed) Designing for Communities Ambika Roos  ambika_roos@brown.edu It was a great pleasure to meet you at the “A Better World by Design” conference. I enjoyed your presentation, and the opportunity to learn more about Honey Bee. I was particularly impressed by the networks of innovators that you have put together, capitalizing on information technologies in support of bottom-up enterprise. Such work exemplifies the goals of our conference to foster interdisciplinary design efforts, and creative solutions emphasizing environmental stewardship and social consciousness. I am personally interested in opportunities in design that work with communities at the grassroots level, addressing social, environmental, and health concerns in the built environment.  I am currently in my last year at Brown, where I am pursuing a combined degree in Architecture and International Relations, and writing an honours thesis on social resistance to water privatization. I would appreciate any suggestions that you might have regarding possible involvement with Honey Bee. (I will be very happy to have you contribute to Honey Bee Network, we need a strong editorial team, but also documentation team, please stay in touch and do contribute to Honey Bee Network even from there. Stay in touch and get engaged right away. Ed) Green Grassroots Innovations in Japan Flavio  flako2@gmail.com My name is Flavio and I am taking the liberty of contacting you by email to briefly introduce the GreenITers Web Community, which I have founded. GreenITers is an online community, where everyone from top academics to the average person with an interest in preserving the planet through eco-friendly IT, can connect online and share ideas, new gadgets, scientific news and inventions. This is a great place to post images, videos, discuss ideas and collaborate on projects as well as I mentioned in the beginning to get awareness to your Honey Bee Network inventions. It is going to take a team effort to have an impact on climate change, and GreenITers.com provides a place where like-minded individuals can come together and progress with the solutions that the world need. Visit us at www.GreenITers.com. (We do very keenly welcome Japanese companies to license or develop products based on green grassroots innovations. Please visit; nifndia.org/bd and sristi.org\anilg besides techpedia. in. Hope that we can achieve some breakthrough in the near future. You could pick up the innovations at nifindia.org/bd on your own. We would send you the literature of the same. Ed)
Volume No. Honey Bee, 21(3), 21 to 23, 2010