Gupta, Anil K.

Grassroots innovation: minds on the margin are not marginal minds - Gurgaon Penguin Books India 2016 - xv, 381 p.: col. ill. Includes references

Table of Contents

Be a Bee
1. Seeing Beyond What Is Visible
2. Evolution of the Honey Bee Network
3. Shodhyatra: A Walking Class
4. Listening to the Minds on the Margin: Sound of a Bird
5. Knowing, Felling and Doing: Expanding the Domain of Responsibility
6. Fulcrum of Frugality: A Circular Economy
7. Mobilizing Social and Ethical Capital for Supporting Innovation
8. Lessons for Learners

A moral dilemma gripped Professor Gupta when he was invited by the Bangladeshi government to help restructure their agricultural sector in 1985. He noticed how the marginalized farmers were being paid poorly for their otherwise unmatched knowledge. The gross injustice of this constant imbalance led Professor Gupta to found what would turn into a resounding social and ethical movement the Honey Bee Network bringing together and elevating thousands of grassroots innovators. For over two decades, Professor Gupta has traveled through rural lands unearthing innovations by the ranks from the famed Miticool refrigerator to the footbridge of Meghalaya. He insists that to fight the largest and most persistent problems of the world we must eschew expensive research labs and instead, look towards ordinary folk. Innovation that oft-flung around the word is stripped to its core in this book. Poignant and personal, Grassroots Innovations is an important treatise from a social crusader of our time.


Ethnoscience - India
Rural development - India
Agricultural innovations - India
Creative ability in business - India

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