Tarun Khanna, Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious fair that occurs every twelve years in India, and has become the largest public gathering in the world. The most recent observance of the festival took place in 2013 in Allahabad, with an estimated attendance of over 80 million people. Because of its size and complexity, the 2013 Kumbh Mela inspired the Harvard South Asia Institute’s flagship multi-year interdisciplinary research project in a number of complementary fields: business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies, and public health. Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.
The Harvard South Asia Institute competition awards prizes to interdisciplinary student projects that impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India. The three finalist groups will present their project plans and a jury will award the grand prize of $40,000.
GoMango: provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India
Torr Energy: for-profit company that uses a series of technologies and a unique model to produce and sell
low-cost waste-derived solid fuel in remote areas
The Craftsmen: small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.
Differences between copyright, GI, trademark, and costs of certification
Business advantages conferred by intellectual property certifications
What kinds of handicrafts/handlooms products and designs might be eligible?
Who owns IP rights in the handicrafts/handlooms sector? – artisans, designers, or the organization?
Guriqbal Singh JAIYA will share his thoughts and insights from his two decade long experience at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and provide information and examples of how organizations in the Crafts Sector can benefit from intellectual property certifications.
This webinar is for:
Individuals associated with the handicrafts and handlooms sectors who lead and occupy senior positions in their organizations;
Social entrepreneurs and executives of social organizations in creative industries who may wish to use IP as a powerful tool to protect their products and innovations;
Practitioners involved in the non-profit sector who wish to maximise impact,
Students who are interested in knowing how using IP effectively can become a very important strategy in achieving the objectives of a social organization
This is fifth in a series of monthly webinars on the Indian handicrafts and handlooms sector until November 2016. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.
Michael Cook, Islamic Studies Noah Feldman, Law Cemal Kafadar, History Gülru Necipoğlu, Art History Parimal Patil, South Asian Studies Nicholas Watson, Medieval Studies and Religion
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, the Committee on the Study of Religion, with support of the Rabbi Joseph S. Shubow Memorial Fund, the South Asia Initiative, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Islamic Legal Studies Program
Sanjay Srivastava,Professor of Sociology, JNU, Delhi
Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies
This paper focuses upon new urban developments in India and suggests that an ethnographic account of this context provides fruitful insights into contemporary relationships between the state, the ‘people’ and capital. The paper is organized around historical and ethnographic accounts of the privately developed DLF City in the North Indian state of Haryana. DLF City borders Delhi and is part of an area known as the National capital Region (NCR). In principle, a government body known as the National capital Region Planning Board is meant to oversee coordinated infrastructure and other forms of planning processes for the Region. In practice, urban processes within the NCR depend upon erratic relationships between real estate behemoths, the state and a variety of residents associations. This discussion proceeds through introducing the concepts of ‘post-national modernity’ and ‘moral consumption’. These, I suggest, allow us to explore the relationships noted above, as well as allowing for a tracking of the contours of a state formation that is part of the informality it seeks to banish. The discussion also outlines some of the ways in which new forms of urban citizenship emerge through the changing relationships suggested above, as well those that are submerged.
Social Enterprises in India have been increasingly playing a transformative role in solving a number of issues in a sustainable manner. Their contribution is visible in areas as diverse as health, education, drinking water, sanitation, women’s empowerment, energy conservation, art and culture, among many others.
This webinar will focus on:
Ways in which social enterprises in India can achieve impact and scale.
Examples of successful social enterprises from India and guiding principles that may have resulted in their success
Discussion of the ways in which these principles can be applied to your organizations
Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. For many years, he has served as the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India and South Asia.
In the fall of 2010, he was named the first director of the university-wide Harvard South Asia Institute. The institute rapidly grew to engage over 150 faculty from across Harvard in projects embracing the pure sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and spanning the region from Afghanistan to Myanmar. In this role, he currently teaches a popular university-wide elective course ‘Contemporary Developing Countries’, where students work in multi-disciplinary teams to devise practical solutions to complex social problems.
In 2014, the Government of India nominated him as the Chairperson of the NITI Aayog Expert Committee on ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. The Report submitted by this Expert Committee was accepted by the Indian Cabinet and has informed the formation of the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’, charged with contributing to build-up the innovation infrastructure of India.
Context of the Series of Webinars
This is the fifth in a series of monthly webinars as part of the Harvard University SAI and Tata Trusts Project. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.
This webinar is for social entrepreneurs from India and other South Asian countries.
As the spring fighting season in Afghanistan flares up again, following one of the most deadly Taliban attacks in Kabul in years on April 19, 2016 posing new challenges to the Afghan government and military, Ambassador Richard Olson discusses long-term plans for the wider region as part of the annual SOUTH ASIA WEEK.
Ambassador Richard Olson assumed duty as U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) on November 17, 2015 after concluding his service as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan.
Previously, he served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012. U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, and was recently recommended for promotion to Career Minister.
Olson joined the U.S. Department of State in 1982. He has served in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, (where he served in Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and in Najaf, Iraq. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
His Washington assignments include: State Department Operations Center (twice), NATO Desk, the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (twice, including as Director), and the Office of Iraqi Affairs, including as Director. He graduated from Brown University in 1981, receiving an A.B. in Law and Society (Honors) and History.
Olson has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (three times), and the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award (for his service in Iraq).