Beyond Jugaad is an online publication dedicated to innovation. It caters to a global audience and aspires to be a world-class chronicler of news, information, analysis, insight & cutting edge research for innovators, thinkers, consultants, CXOs, academics, students and innovation professionals.
Our belief as embodied in our name is that India, along with other emerging market economies, needs to evolve from the “jugaad” model of constraint-driven low-cost but unsustainable, quick fixes. Innovation in the 21st century is no longer about “Eureka” moments and light bulb flashes of inspiration. The challenge for societies, institutions and organizations lies in creating a culture that allows for structured innovation which is repeatable and predictable.
The powerful imagery of outliers like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg has created a perception that innovation is driven by individuals. The reality is that entire industries which have transformed modern life such as Pharmaceuticals or Semiconductors have been driven by relentless yet “faceless” innovation. Whether it’s new molecules to fight disease or smaller, faster microprocessors, these sectors have created a culture and a process that consistently delivers newer, better and often disruptive offerings
With this philosophy at its core BeyondJugaad.com will provide a forum for the community to discover new ideas, exchange views, showcase best practices and debate the latest developments. From interviews with leading thinkers and innovators to case studies that delve into the process behind an innovative product, process, service or business model, we intend to provide cutting edge coverage of the space. Be it disruptive or incremental, big budget R&D or frugal engineering, we hope to cover all kinds of innovation through our lens of ‘structure rather than ad-hoc.’
Abhimanyu, is a well-known journalist who covered business and technology across print, TV and online. He has been a columnist for Hindustan Times’ Brunch and Economic Times’ Corporate Dossier, has hosted the prime-time news bulletin India Business Hour on CNBC-TV18 and presently anchors The Super Techies Show on ET Now. Earlier he was founding-editor of Tech2.com and has been Managing Editor of Indiatimes.com.
Roshan has spent his life questioning the status quo, and has built a career around connecting global citizens to solve social problems across boundaries. He co-founded the Amani Institute, a new model of higher education that develops talent to solve 21st-century problems, with these values in mind. The seeds of Amani were cultivated while Roshan worked at Ashoka for more than seven years, where he designed and launched five new programs and managed two other global projects. These included Ashoka’s Peace Initiative (supporting social entrepreneurs in conflict zones) and the Globalizer program (helping social entrepreneurs scale up their innovations). He has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and his writing has been published in Forbes, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and India Today, as well as in the recent book, Dream of a Nation.
Naresh is one of the founders of BMGI India. He works with companies to drive innovation and organizational growth. He has trained hundreds of business leaders and managers in creating and sustaining an innovative culture in their organizations. Naresh has worked on consulting assignments in over 15 countries and has worked with leading consultants such as David Hutchins, John Macdonald and Dr. Phil Samuel. Previously, Naresh has held a senior management position at Ador Welding where he was responsible for driving business excellence.
Kshitij currently heads the MIT Media Lab India Initiative. He is working on spreading the movement of anti-disciplinary learning, hands-on creation and design thinking across India through the MIT Media Lab. He also leads the Design Innovation Workshop Series and founded the DIY Workshop to provide a platform for diverse communities including designers, artists, engineers, scientists to come together and innovate, thereby creating our future leaders and entrepreneurs. Kshitij is a graduate from the MIT Media Lab, researcher at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and research affiliate at the Harvard Medical School.