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SHODH YATRA A WALK TO REMEMBER! VISHNU VINJAM | VAIBHAV NASERY
The Honey Bee Network
‘It believes that cross pollination of ideas by exchange of information across language and cultural boundaries may increase societal capacity to spur, spawn, stimulate, and sustain grassroots innovations and provide resources for sustainable development’
'Shodh Yatra is a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at grassroots. Belief that hardship and challenges of natural surroundings are the prime motivators of creativity and innovations.
Shodh Yatra is a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge.
What we do?
Walking Village meetings
Felicitation Documentation Sharing
In villages.. Grass-root innovations Traditional knowledge Bio diversity Recipes Idea competition Centenarians
Grassroots Innovations Scouting grassroots innovations Felicitating innovators Extending support for materializing ideas
Document traditional knowledge Felicitate knowledge holders
Cross-check, Validate, give IP rights
The Yatra Experience
The Guru in Us
The 4 Gurus!
The Guru in Others - Shodh Yatris
The Guru in Nature
The Guru in Common Man
Are minds on the margin, marginal minds?
Innovator: Abdul Rahim Khan
Grass Cutter: Affordable alternative to metal ones in market
Cotton Deseeder: Costs less than $4, saves 10 times in processing fees every year
Innovator: Rajkumar Rathore
Different – Outcast Forced to buy cheap variety of seeds
Selection of good growing plants
Innovator: Ghanasham Yadav
An unexpected visitor
Creative ideas to common challenges Quicker than IIM-A students CREATIVITY
Stories from Yatra
Women and villages
Non existent toilets - Health issues Not many opportunities - Married of early Woman Sarpanch but meeting attended by men of the village
Women, facilities and opportunities
United they stood!
Jamunia village – 24 hour electricity
The teacher and the preacher
Talking about the importance of Shodh Yatra
Efforts not being recognized Plan to make more efficient soybean harvester - Funding issues (Rs. 8,000 )
Recognition to innovators
Eagerness and hands-on approach to problems Seclusion requires for developing ideas and innovations Outcasts, neglected
Resources for Innovations
Money Technical Expertise Fabrication Marketing
Culture: Accepting failures
Embracing failure – Innovators Societal support and shock absorbers
Avenues for knowledge sharing non-existent Story of the flower near the lake
Value of traditional knowledge declining No incentive to extend information to next generation
Simple solution to a common problem Though invented many years before this small modification failed to materialise across the country Reasons? Is it needed? If yes, who should do it? How should it be done?
Scaling up of Innovations
The Tale of Dharamveer…
Knowledge Rich – Economically Poor Creativity, Collaboration and Compassion
Creativity Counts Knowledge matters Innovations Transform Incentives inspire Institutions sustain
We have started two shodh yatras; one outside and the other within!