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Vaibhav and me presented this as a seminar to CTARA, IIT Bombay.


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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’

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'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.

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Shodh Yatra is a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge.

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What we do?

Walking Village meetings

Felicitation Documentation Sharing

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In villages.. Grass-root innovations Traditional knowledge Bio diversity Recipes Idea competition Centenarians

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Grassroots Innovations Scouting grassroots innovations Felicitating innovators Extending support for materializing ideas

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Traditional knowledge

Document traditional knowledge Felicitate knowledge holders

Cross-check, Validate, give IP rights

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Recipe Competition

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Bio-diversity competition

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Idea Competition

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Meeting Centenarians

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The Yatra Experience

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The Guru in Us

The 4 Gurus!

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The Guru in Others - Shodh Yatris

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The Guru in Nature

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The Guru in Common Man

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Are minds on the margin, marginal minds?

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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

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Innovator: Rajkumar Rathore

Different – Outcast Forced to buy cheap variety of seeds

Selection of good growing plants

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Innovator: Ghanasham Yadav

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Sharing- Caring

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An unexpected visitor

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Creative ideas to common challenges Quicker than IIM-A students CREATIVITY

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Stories from Yatra

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Women and villages

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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

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United they stood!

Jamunia village – 24 hour electricity

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The teacher and the preacher

Talking about the importance of Shodh Yatra

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Efforts not being recognized Plan to make more efficient soybean harvester - Funding issues (Rs. 8,000 )

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Recognition to innovators

Eagerness and hands-on approach to problems Seclusion requires for developing ideas and innovations Outcasts, neglected

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Resources for Innovations

Money Technical Expertise Fabrication Marketing

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Culture: Accepting failures

Embracing failure – Innovators Societal support and shock absorbers

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Knowledge Transfer

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

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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

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The Tale of Dharamveer…

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Knowledge Rich – Economically Poor Creativity, Collaboration and Compassion

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Creativity Counts Knowledge matters Innovations Transform Incentives inspire Institutions sustain

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We have started two shodh yatras; one outside and the other within!

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