Category Archives: Design & Innovation

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Architecture and the transformational agenda

This Blog has focussed the need to move beyond mainstream logistics and supply chain thinking relevant to the developed world and respond to a quite different context in emerging, developing and devastated markets – Transformational Logistics. Increasingly, we see this … Continue reading

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Transforming the firm in the Majority World

On Friday 10th June at the Hull & East Riding Business Week Event at Bridlington Spa, Terry Hill, the Arup CEO quoted Vince Cable, the UK Business Secretary: “Capitalism’s natural end state is when companies become monopolies”. Globalisation has driven … Continue reading

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Wallace & Gromit add value in the townships

Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animations plasticine superstars, have made people laugh from Wigan and Wensleydale to Rosario and Nairobi. Now, Aardman have opened the first public animation academy in Khayelitsha, the giant township on the outskirts of CapeTown. False Bay Good Hope College … Continue reading

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Music transforms the scope of change

In David Lean’s classic film, the Bridge over the River Kwai, an inspired Alec Guinness plays the stubborn Captain Nicholson in his battle of wills with the Japanese World War 2 Prisoner Of War camp commander Saito. The story unfolds … Continue reading

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Another kind of city …

On Sunday13th August 1961 the lights went out at the Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Within days a Wall 43 kms was erected that cut into the flesh of a living City and divided it until the heady collapse of 1989. Since then, … Continue reading

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Informally mobile

Elsewhere on this Blog we have seen how mobiles are opening up markets all over the emerging and developing world. We have seen how Kerala fishermen are using them to check prices and auction their catch to the highest bidder. … Continue reading

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Innovation and the Majority World

Given the current tough times, innovative ideas will find it hard to break through. Money will be tight and early cash flow tricky. Innovative ideas will be shaped by real needs rather than blue sky thinking. Harold Pinter, who died over … Continue reading

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3i Infotech launch I-SERV …

3i Infotech, a global information technology company, has announced the launch of I-SERV, a brand for its retail services to consumers in remote rural areas in India. These services are geared to empower people in these remote areas to carry … Continue reading

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Innovation and a can do mentality

The unique challenges of the informal economy and, its linkages to the wider market demand innovative solutions and an ability to deliver despite endless frustration. As C K Prahalad puts it, “Getting the right combination of scale, technology, price, sustainability … Continue reading

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Innovation

Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful (1973) dispelled the myth that the tractor was always the best technology to use. Western high tech fixes can often be counter productive. There is no good or bad technology to carry out a task – … Continue reading

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