Designers days.

Lots of events are going to happen infact happening.

First there was Pune Design Festival, celebrated on 17-18th November, 2006. This time theme was ‘Winning by Design’. And then there is most awaited event of the Year : The CII-NID Design Summit. This conference brings together the people who have interest in design and working in this field and industries connected or want to associate with them. The main agenda of this is helping India to emerge as a Designer land in global marketscape. So listen to the best of speakers, meet interesting designers. More about speakers can be read here.
Design with India.

CII Design Summit, 2006 –
Design with India.

Scheduled: 4-5 december, 06
Venue: Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, India.

Apart from this National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad is celebrating the 27th convocation on 7th Dec., 06.
So for those lucky undergraduate & post graduate students, it is a day to remember for lifetime. This time chief guest is Alique Padamsee

And for all creative people out here, a good international fair is on. It is India International Trade Fair or IITF or better known as Trade fair in India.
It is ongoing in Pragati Maidan in Capital of India, New Delhi from 14- 27th November, 2006. So check out handicrafts products, Chinese stuff and more. Caution avoid going on weekends.

If I go there expect some pictures of the event from me.

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World’s Future: Children

As the world is getting technologically advanced, more Robo babies are getting created. But one should not forget the fact that our future is still with our children and we cannot give it in the hands of digitally controlled mind. Children, who are born every second even when there aren’t enough resources to provide them their basic rights – education; forget about the good toys which is very important for the upcoming creative minds.
Education Graph
If you are aware, UNESCO’s report (2007) on Global monitoring says:

India ranks a lowly 99 on a scale of 125 on the education development index.
Worldwide 77 million children are out of school in which the ratio of girl child is 53%. In India itself 4.5 million children are deprived of basic education. Though the literacy rate has improved by 70%; there were 25 million children out of school in 2002.

Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan scheme by Indian government tried to help children but there are many other factors associated with it like the health that needs to be addressed. It is pretty understandable that when parents can’t afford a one day meal for child, how can they send them to school. Even the schools hardly have teachers and infrastructure to retain the student for long. Situation is still better in urban areas but a big population lives in rural and backward areas of India – and that is where the problem is amplified.

Then there comes UNDP’s Human development report for 2006, which cleary says how important sanitation is. Good sanitation can decrease the death ratio of kids and help the government to work more on education. An interesting fact is that Dharavi, Mumbai – biggest slum in Asia – has one toilet for 1,440 people.
Diseaases like Dengue and Chickungunia has made Indians a little more aware about the importance of clean water and sanitation. On the other end, Diarrhoea is the second biggest killer among children – and the rate beats all other countries.

Is there no solution to prevent a child who, when born, opened his eyes and thought that he will see a clean & green world? It’s our duty to think about such innocent’s future which is, in a way, connected to our prosperous growth. Would you not like to be in a place where there is no mess in the surrounding environment? Would you not like to no longer see children lying in dust as you walk down?

Today I read a very interesting article on Business week on Acumen’s New model which says – By joining designers’ innovative solutions with finance from capital markets, the Acumen Fund aims to effect permanent change.
“Lack of money is no longer the major hindrance to solving many of the world’s most intractable social problems.… Charitable giving overall has jumped 23% in the past four years. And there’s growing interest among investors eager to fund for-profit businesses that have both social and economic impact…
Acumen uses classic consumer-focused design methods to solve the problems of poverty.
Rather than beginning with the structures at hand and making assumptions about what is possible, Acumen begins with the needs of the truly poor.”

The facts for this article are taken from Times of India (10th Nov, 2006) And Hindustan Times (9th Nov, 2006) Newspaper.