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Richard Philpott interview

This is an interview with Richard Philpott, founder of TheInnovationExchange and MyGreatIdea as two platforms to enable open innovation.  He talks about the underlying ideas and some of the challenges facing a start-up entrepreneur. A transcript of the interview is below:   Richard Philpott I: We’re very lucky today to have with us Richard Philpott

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Lifeline Energy

This case describes the emergence of a social enterprise.  The origin of the organization was in providing low cost radios to improve education and communication amongst disadvantaged populations and this was reflected in the earlier name, Freeplay.  Currently the organization provides a wide variety of support in the field – see their website for more

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Arunachalam Muruganantham – user innovation

This TED Talk video offers a good example of user needs driving innovation in low income contexts.  When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly “supplies,” Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad.

Anil Gupta and the Honey Bee network

Anil Gupta is the founder of a network supporting entrepreneurs in India and encouraging them to develop ideas for solving some of the major social challenges facing the country.  In this TED talk he explains his approach.

Nandan Nilekani, Infosys

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is often credited with making India a leader in IT services. In this talk from TED2009, he outlines what has helped India develop quickly in recent years — for example, a willingness to see people as a resource rather than a burden — and what needs to happen for economic growth

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