Jun 7, 2015

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Group 1: Jamalpur

Dt: 7 June 2015

The team was enthusiastic after the 2 day workshop with the kids. The kids had given us a new way of thinking and a lesson was learnt that we can challenge the existing solution and what seems to be perfect can have some flaw in it which needs to be changed for better tomorrow. The children taught us that what blocks us now is our own acquired intelligence and the associated ego and I a m something attitude. A common man has better views and an unbiased view to problems as compared to a reluctant human who thinks he is good at just 1 thing and that is the one which he has studied.

For a change we had now moved in to Institute of engineering and Technology (IET), Ahmedabad University campus. The reason given was really unique “to keep ourselves boasted up and working we need to come out of our comfort zone”. And as a result of which we were moved to IET and engineering Campus from IIM which was a management campus.

Introductory lecture by Chintan Sir.

Sir briefed us about the objective of the children workshop and asked us if we enjoyed it. He added the benefits of doing that and correlated them with our experiences working on field. He explained us what National Innovation Foundation (NIF), GIAN, and Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable technologies and Innovations (SRISTI) does. We further got to know the basic foundations and theorems on which the organizations were formed. We had a quick interactive session on design thinking during this session where students were taught alternative design thinking. To our surprise we came to know about food competitions and shoodhyatra organized by SRISTI. They were really unique kind of start up for the development of society.




Lecture by Anil K Gupta, Prof. IIM Ahmedabad.

We had an awesome experience having a lecture with prof. Gupta. We would rather prefer to call it an interactive session than a lecture. He taught us parallel thinking. He gave us examples for better understanding which was a great point to learn. Sometimes examples can really be good to help the other person understand your thoughts. He covered various topics like Design thinking including socio-ecological design/empathetic design, autopoiesis model of self-correcting and self-design process, etc. he covered the basic theories of  prisoner’s dilemma, tic for tac theorem, types of goods and their classification with importance, areas of solution i.e. it cannot be just the product, it can be either process or system or services, Coase theorem and its application in problem solving, externality and its basics affecting a better design, subsidiarity principle etc. which would help us better understanding the problem before arriving or designing the solution. He focused more on path based process rather than random efforts towards the problem.

Lecture by Kate Bissett Johnson, Swinburne University of Technology.

The lecture started with tips on our performance and observations on our two days work. She guided us and corrected where and as required. Then she took off to some basics of product design and covered topics like: basic concept of product design, human centered design process etc. the session was followed by a brief discussion on how to implement these and blend them in our case. She made us map our visit which was useful for us during the evening activity. We could simple relate the ideas we had and the problems faced by the people living there with the map. Importance of documentation and precious informational losses with no proper documentation were the learning outcomes from the exercise.

Lecture by Prof Shashank Mehta, chair (NID) Ahmedabad.

In the afternoon session, Ahmedabad’s famous institute’s eminent speaker Mr Shashank Mehta delivered the lecture about problem mapping. He started his speech by asking the assembly the question about the topic and he interrogate that why we trainee of summer school 2015 gone for the fieldwork to define the problem? His intention was clear that he wants us to clear our vision to do this project as clarity of vision will always bring best outcomes. Then he said that we not doing this because we are highly privilege and we are superior. This could not have to real reason he added.

He directed us to how to discuss the problems how to find out the problem from poor people’s day to day life rather than asking them we should observe that and empathy feeling should be produced within us. He also told us that if time allows we should go and experience their day to day life’s problem by our self by residing near their house or within their family.

He told many philosophical and logical example and moral stories that inspired us to go hard with the problem he also said that if you find quick solution of problem then it might be a suboptimal solution and not a permanent or best solution. He guided us for grass root innovation and thinking about that process for concluding his speech he wish us a luck for our kind work for developing machine for reducing drudgery of women and children.

It was a really great exposure and learning experience to listen a speaker like him.

Analytical tools for problem analysis:

After tea break we had a session on mapping, flow chart, decision tree etc…  Prof Shashank Mehta guided us in making these models. First were asked to make a random sticky slips individually and paste them as a canon. Then we categorized them into different categories depending in the context of the problem they are facing. We brainstormed the different ideas we got individually and put them in different categories. Then Prof asked us to form a flowchart using hierarchy design. Then we put the entire idea on a white board and started finding root causes and started linking them with each other. Finally the entire problems were put on a chart as a tree diagram.












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