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Thursday, March 22 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Global Jugaad Commons: Cross-pollinating concepts across cultures

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Innovation manifests itself in myriad forms in developing communities. A dialog on developmental entrepreneurship requires us to conceptualize and operationalize innovation as defined by the people. Using provisional narratives, the Global Jugaad Commons aims to understand how youth in developing communities across five countries perceive innovation, and illustrate how cultural mechanisms and communal context bias the unique circumstances that lead to innovative solutions for individual or community needs. This project aims to create a repository of innovation snapshots, which, along with the research findings, will inform and inspire innovation by cross-pollinating concepts across cultures. Our team has interviewed over 400 youths across rural and urban areas of Kenya, Tanzania, India and Nicaragua with 120 interviews planned for September 2012 in resource-constrained areas in the US. This interactive session will explore innovation and the way it is perceived and practiced in five distinct contexts.


Shruthi Baskaran

Shruthi Baskaran is a senior in Civil Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. She focuses on environmental and water engineering within her major, and her interests include international social entrepreneurship, travel, and photography. At Penn State, Shruthi has been involved with the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program for two years. She has previously traveled to Kenya, where she led student teams focusing on... Read More →

Gunjan Malekar

Gunjan Malekar is a graduate student in Comparative and International Education in the College of Education at Penn State. She has been working with the HESE Program since the last year and was responsible for conducting all the interviews for the Global Jugaad Commons (GJC) research project in Tanzania in the summer of 2011.

Khanjan Mehta

Khanjan Mehta is the Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program at Penn State University. His professional interests include innovative system integration, high-tech entrepreneurship and international social entrepreneurship. Khanjan loves connecting concepts, people, computers and devices. A basic philosophy behind his work is the convergence of disciplines, concepts, cultures, and countries to create a... Read More →

Thursday March 22, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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