Hi everybody

A question just came to my mind.

Is 'Necessity the mother of all Innovations!!!'.

I mean we all have heard of Innovation processes of large blue chip companies which hire people from crème de la crème Institutes who work to solve problems with the objective to find the next growth path for company or solve economic & society issues.

But what exactly motivates a common man to come up with an Innovative Idea? What Motivates him/her to create something new with bare minimum resources? What makes them to persevere even after many failures?

Do they have the need to change things which makes them to carry on & Innovate.

Below are some of the many, many examples from India wherein common people have Innovated & changed things at the same time creating a possibility to set up new entrepreneurial Indian Ventures.

This is what I call GRASSROOT INNOVATIONS.

Check out the following Videos of INDIAN INNOVATORS. Also check out the National Innovation Foundation providing institutional support in scouting, spawning, sustaining and scaling up grassroots innovations and helping their transition to self supporting activities.


What can we do to make these unique Ideas into a profitable & sustaining businesses & unlock their massive values?

Some of the colleges like Welingkar Institute of Management have already started this process (of which I was part of, while I was in Welingkar) of providing marketing & business knowledge assistance & are developing business concepts/models.


Here are the Videos





Thanks
Neeraj

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Comment by Ashwin Goutham Gopi on April 30, 2013 at 0:52

Also,Arunachalam Muruganantham is a real inspiration for innovation and perseverance. You can read about him here or watch his TED talk.

Comment by Neeraj on December 12, 2009 at 14:26
Hey Daniel ....thanks a lot for appreciating my post & sharing your thoughts
Comment by Daniel Christadoss on December 7, 2009 at 4:29
Neeraj
I do agree necessity is definitely the mother of invention. I enjoyed watching the videos and it brought back a lot of memories of the early days working on Indian engineering projects in the mid 70's.

We were involved in a massive port expansion project and collaborated with a lot of international companies.Foreign exchange was not easily available and the name of the game was import substitution.
I think it really fostered innovation at a grass roots level

I remember as a young engineer I would sketch out concepts for a 'desi' version of the difficult to obtain spares and equipment and work with our technicians in building equipment to get the job done. Many times we drew the concept in the sand and the brilliant technicians would have a working model for you in no time. These were home grown technicians who learnt their trades as unstructured apprentices.

I believe "Design Thinking" was part of our growing up as you had to continue to make do with available parts and resources and there was a lot of out of the box thinking in the usage of material and processes.

I remember the first Indian electric cycle exhibited at our college science fair by an inventor who could not even read and write. He used an ingenious spring mechanism where he stored the battery energy and released it thereby increasing the time between charges.

The indigenous talent available is a great resource to be tapped, nurtured and developed.

I have been fortunate to have worked in India, the Middle East and the US.

I see brilliant people every where. It is for all of us to bring out the best out of them.

It goes for India, the USA and beyond.

Thank you for making this an interesting experience
Comment by mohamed ismile on July 30, 2009 at 18:14
innovation if it comes from rural india can indeed transform our collective mindset to disengage from our negative baggage. and it seems we are on. if we can find a way to associate dr. debono to teach lateral thinking in rural schools. jai ho.

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