Book Review : Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds

Gyan Management Journal
Year: 2016 (Jul-Dec), Volume: (10), Issue. (2)
First page: (127) Last page: (128)
Online ISSN: A/F
Print ISSN: 2250-348X

Book Review : Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds

1Director, GJIMT, Mohali, Punjab

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17 Sep 2016

11 Oct 2016

Online Published:
26 Nov 2016

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The editor talks about his life a bit and his motivation to work with innovators at the bottom of the  pyramid. He talks about setting up the honeybee network that aims at documenting the innovations  at grassroots, especially in remote villages. It aims to connect innovators so that they can benefit  from each other’s work. It aims at helping them with technology and intellectual property know how. He talks about finding the National Innovation Foundation and SRISHTI, some of the  organizations taking care of various aspects ofinnovations in the country.  Journeys of his and his team are Shodhyatra – a bi-annual exploratory walks that they do in remote  villages in India to discover the innovations happening there. They meet the villagers, they talk to  the school kids and they invite the innovators to showcase their work to the world. Prof Gupta shares  some of the Grassroots Innovations that they gathered on the way. He talks about how creative  people in our villages are despite their limited resources and challenges in life. He shares examples  that can be replicated. He specifically talks about women innovators and how their contribution  goes unacknowledged. He points out that Grassroots Innovators don’t hang a board outside their  home declaring their innovations. So, he goes out looking for them on these Shodhyatras.


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