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The Biggest Risks Facing the World in 2017

Posted by Admin on February 16, 2017

Economic inequality, societal polarization and environmental dangers are the three trends that will create the most challenging problems for the world over the next 10 years, according to an annual report released at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, in January.... Read More

The how and why of increasing women's safety in India

Posted by Admin on February 15, 2017

It’s no secret that we need more women in the workforce. It’s not just the morally right thing to do, but it makes perfect economic sense, too.... Read More

In my earlier blog on One Globe in early-2015, I tried to size up the opportunity that Digital India initiative presented. The government had just announced it with a vision to transform India into a knowledge economy. In the blog, I had predicted that “Modi’s vision...seems... Read More

Why Innovation Is Key for India to Surge Ahead

Posted by Admin on February 08, 2017

Last year saw a sharp dip in startup funding in India. According to startup tracker Tracxn, in 2016 investments halved to $3.9 billion from $7.5 billion in 2015. Devaluations, shutdowns and layoffs plagued the sector, and profitability and business model sustainability became the new buzzwords in place of growth and market share.... Read More

Challenges in Implementing Smart Cities

Posted by Admin on February 07, 2017

Bureaucrats and industry experts laud the purpose and intent of the Indian government’s Smart Cities Mission. However, a number of ground realities need to be taken into account. A panel of experts at last year’s edition of One Globe Forum drew attention to the challenges in implementation.... Read More

The Trump administration’s ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, announced on January 27, is shelved for the time being. But close on the heels of the ban came more worrying news for migrant workers and international scholars around the world.... Read More

Derek Handley, a social entrepreneur, philanthropist and author, talks about the importance of vision and what it takes to make a difference.... Read More

Why Banks Are Using Blockchain Technology

Posted by Admin on February 02, 2017

The Bitcoin concept was introduced in 2008, for one major reason: to get away from a centralized system where financial institutions, state and regulators were not trusted.... Read More

Knowledge Economy and the Other India

Posted by Admin on February 10, 2016

At a recent panel discussion on social enterprises, we summed up the various inputs and insights with one key takeaway – ‘This is a space (social entrepreneurship) that needs to be approached more from the heart than the mind.”... Read More

The Make in India lion has not yet begun to roar. Unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014, all the initiative has attracted so far are foreign direct investment (FDI) promises. Modi has been globetrotting; his end of December excursion was, according to the rival Congress Party, “breakfast in Kabul, tea in Lahore (an unscheduled stopover to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif) and dinner in Delhi.” That was cheap political sniping, but Modi’s trips to other capitals — Washington, Moscow, Paris — have been far more expensive. Big-budget defense deals were signed in all three places; the high-cost imports seem to negate the Make in India philosophy of promoting domestic manufacturing.... Read More

More often than not, in the Indian classroom, students listen to teachers’ hour-long lectures. But technology is changing all that. Schools are increasingly adopting digital solutions to engage with a tech-savvy generation, and trying to make the classroom environment more participatory.... Read More

Education for the Information Age

Posted by Admin on February 03, 2016

At conferences and symposia these days, I often hear the word “unpredictable”. Of course, the future is not always predictable, but we live in an era of great transformation. One of the most important elements of this transformation is the information revolution.... Read More

Why is India a land of imitators

Posted by Admin on February 03, 2016

Since childhood, I’ve observed how many Indians look up to foreigners, especially those from the West. This happens in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. It is reflected in the clothes we wear and in the use of language.... Read More

How NOT to select a good school

Posted by Admin on January 21, 2016

Recently, I participated in a panel discussion in Gurgaon on how to select a good school. The dialogue focused on distance, classrooms, building quality, sports infrastructure, teacher qualification, list of toppers and so on.... Read More

'ARCHITECTING' OUR CITIES

Posted by Admin on January 20, 2016

There is a lot of buzz around the ‘100 Smart Cities’ project in India. Governments signalling the importance of cities finding their own destiny is welcome, but, we need to be aware of the challenges ahead in implementing the smart cities programme.... Read More

Science & tech fodder for growth

Posted by Admin on January 19, 2016

India and other countries, including many Asian ones, are facing challenges of development. However, not all traditional economic approaches provide a credible solution to it as the current phase of development is unprecedented in technological, demographical and social terms.... Read More

Do schools know how we learn?

Posted by Admin on January 19, 2016

My classroom was boring.... Read More

Fast and furious – the Indian e-commerce story

Posted by Admin on March 02, 2015

Numbers on Internet users are making the space extremely competitive. To survive, organisations need to innovate... Read More

Having your cake…

Posted by Admin on February 26, 2015

The premise that there is no option other than to step up public investment in infrastructure is now virtually unanimously accepted. But how... Read More

JUST HOW BIG IS THE DIGITAL INDIA DREAM REALLY?

Posted by Admin on February 20, 2015

With a budget outlay equalling the total cost for 2016 Summer Olympics and 2018 FIFA World Cup, is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India dream really as big and exciting as it is positioned to be, and should you care?... Read More

SHARPEN HEALTH CARE TECH TARGET FOR SMART CITY SUCCESS

Posted by Admin on February 17, 2015

Significant problems in healthcare systems stem from the ineffective dissemination and utilisation of medical information. Focusing technology on the targeted audience can provide relevant answers to problems in healthcare delivery.... Read More

INDIA’S YOUNG WORKFORCE NEEDS SKILL DEVELOPMENT  

Posted by Admin on February 12, 2015

India's population is not only huge but also young. Skill Development will determine whether this demographic yields dividends or leads to disaster.... Read More

INDUSTRIAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT, VOCATIONAL TRAINING A MUST

Posted by Admin on February 05, 2015

Skill development is the bridge between the ambition of 'Make in India' and the ground reality today. What steps is the Indian government taking towards transforming the Indian workforce, which is one of the largest, most cost - effective, and least skilled in the world?... Read More

EDUCATE, EMPLOY, AND EMPOWER

Posted by Admin on February 02, 2015

The central role of skill development in the Indian government's 'Make in India' initiative.... Read More

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO GOOD HEALTH: THE SMART WAY

Posted by Admin on January 27, 2015

Healthcare systems around the world are becoming unsustainable because of outdated infrastructures. For a country like India, which is already infrastructurally challenged, can technology provide a simple, practical and effective solution?... Read More

SMART CITY MUST FOCUS ON SMART MOBILITY

Posted by Admin on January 22, 2015

Recent studies have reflected that long, stressful commutes significantly lower life satisfaction levels. And yet, they seem to have become intransigent feature of urban life. Do Smart cities offer any solutions to this widespread problem?... Read More

WHY MODI WANTS TO MAKE MANUFACTURING BEST IN CLASS

Posted by Admin on January 19, 2015

Transforming India's below par manufacturing track record is a priority for the Indian Prime Minister. Here's why.... Read More

MOBILE EDUCATION: A HANDY SOLUTION

Posted by Admin on January 16, 2015

Are mobile phones a handicap or help to education? Either way, their presence can neither be ignored nor dismissed. Here's looking at some ways in which the mobile can serve as a primary educational resource for a country like ours.... Read More

INDIA GOES DIGITAL

Posted by Admin on January 13, 2015

Narendra Modi's 'Digital India' initiative, it's intention and design.... Read More

MODI'S ECONOMIC AGENDA: MAKE IN INDIA

Posted by Admin on January 09, 2015

What is Narendra Modi's 'Make in India'? A brief look at one of the foremost economic agendas of the government.... Read More

STYLING A CITY SMART AND HAPPY

Posted by Admin on January 05, 2015

An introductory look at smart cities - plans, problems and practices. A plan for hundred smart cities, each with a multi-million seed budget, is part of PM Modi’s ambitious vision for India.... Read More