How are Innovation and Excellence related?


site rencontre angleterre gratuit Jeby Cherian wrote me a note the other day saying, and I quote: ‘one of my pet peeves is our “just enough is good enough” attitude.’ Jeby wants us to make a commitment to excellence in everything we do in India, from the design of transportation systems to roads and sidewalks to airports and other forms of urban infrastructure. Jeby points to the outstanding conceptualization, planning and execution of the Delhi Metro as a counter-example to the way things are normally done in India. This kind of haphazard and ill-conceived infrastructure and environmental planning is also often excused in the name of jugaad, or indovation. What is the essential relationship between excellence and innovation? I think Jeby is on to something, and that this relationship bears more thought and discussion.

rencontre kijiji The first thing that comes to mind is that excellence may also encompass a notion of the ‘ideal fitness of things,’ which can only come about by continuing to ‘make things right’ until they achieve that state. Another name for this repetitive or iterative effort to keep making things better until they are ‘right’ and ‘fit’ and ‘excellent’ is design.

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fertigyn 10000 injection cost Check out our prior thoughts on jugaad and indovation here. What more can be done to help people understand the value of design and innovation in making new things possible? Your thoughts welcome below…

China’s Need for Innovation

Minxin Pei, professor of government at Clairmont McKenna College in California recently wrote an article “Nixon Then, China Now” explaining China’s weaknesses hindering its ability to truly compete as a world power. He argues that China’s one-party regime results in the inability to innovate and keeps it from being a true contender against the minds and ideas of the West and Japan.

Since Nixon’s visit in 1972, China has emerged from its self-imposed isolation to become a rival power to dominant industrialized countries politically, economically, and militarily. It has strategically exploiting the benefits of free trade, and it is often remarked that China may soon take the place of the United States as the hegemonic power in the international system. However Pei argues that China is unprepared for deeper integration with the globalized world.
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Planning for D!p 3 Begins

By Ayesha Vemuri

Hello and greetings for the new year! First, our apologies for the long silence, but although we’ve been back from the winter break for two weeks now, planning our various new activities and directions for the new year has taken up most of our time and energy. Foremost amongst these is commencing our plans for the third edition of the Design Public Conclave, to be held in New Delhi on April 20, 2012, for which the focus topic is ‘Trust, Participation, Innovation.’

A major point that was reiterated several times during both the last two conclaves, especially with respect to the question of governance innovation, was that there is a grave lack of trust and a general belief that the government is disinterested in promoting the actual interests of the public. Corporations too are being increasingly mistrusted, and their honesty questioned. People appear to be losing faith in the efficacy of institutions, both public and private, observable in the wave of protests from Tahrir Square in Egypt to the Ram Lila grounds in New Delhi, and on over to Zuccotti Park in New York.There is a crisis of trust, as it were, on account of the disconnect between traditional institutions and the socially mediated public.

Citizens the world over seem to be demonstrating a burning desire to participate in making change happen, but there are no established avenues or channels for participation, and they must improvise. Social media platforms provide such an avenue, and in fact all of the many protests of the past year have been organized and intensified, at least to some degree, due to social media. The experience of social media can lead to the development of new expectations of trust and participation, and will require traditional institutions, both public and private, to reconfigure their structures to generate more inclusiveness, participation, and trust. One of the major aims of the third Design Public conclave is to explore and answer the question of how this can be achieved.

While the event isn’t for another few months, we are beginning the entire process sooner this time around, and hope for our own approach to be inspired by the topic. We hope for the planning process to be a more inclusive and participatory lead-in the to the conclave, especially via online and social media platforms. We will be hosting discussions on our linkedin group, facebook page, and through twitter (#designpubic). As always, the blog will continue to function as the main platform for the dissemination of our thoughts, but we hope to expand this avenue as well, by inviting our expert speakers and participants to contribute articles and thoughts on an ongoing basis. We also look forward to your thoughts, comments, and participation over these next couple of months until the conclave.

For more information about the Design Public Conclave, read the outbriefs and see the books from the first and second editions, and also stay tuned for announcements on the CKS and Design Public websites.