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SRISTI & The Honeybee Network : collecting Inventions by the Poor

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For the last seventeen years the Honeybee Network and Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) have been scouting innovations by farmers, artisans, women, etc. at the grassroots level.Gujarat Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network (GIAN) scales up innovations, from the Honey Bee database of innovations, through value additions in innovations to sustain creativity and ethics of experimentation. GIAN was conceived at the International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots (ICCIG), jointly organized by IIM Ahmedabad and SRISTI.

25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World

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Anil Gupta
Intellectual Pollinator

When it comes to developing the technical infrastructure of the 21st century, economists tend to look to upscale R&D labs, high-tech universities, and big-buck venture capitalists. Business professor Anil Gupta has a radically different vision, one he calls G2G, or “grassroots to global.”

When it comes to developing the technical infrastructure of the 21st century, economists tend to look to upscale R&D labs, high-tech universities, and big-buck venture capitalists. 

Business professor Anil Gupta has a radically different vision, one he calls G2G, or “grassroots to global.” Its central premise, as he put it at a TED talk in November 2009, is that “people may be economically poor, but they’re not poor in the mind.” If necessity is the mother of invention, Gupta believes the world’s poorest workers ought to be premier innovators. Turns out, that’s the case. 

Gupta founded the Honey Bee Network two decades ago to facilitate the spread of groundbreaking practices and technologies among the world’s poorest people. Gupta and his field workers travel the villages and countryside of his native India and other nations gathering ideas that are openly shared on a central database. 

The organization has gathered tens of thousands of brainstorms, including wind-powered irrigation systems, a pedal-powered washing machine, an amphibious bicycle, and attachments to turn a motorbike into a grain grinder, washing machine, or plow. Anyone is free to build a personal version; commercial producers must credit and compensate the inventor.

This open-source structure mimics the behavior of the honey bee that gives the organization its name, offering cross-pollination that benefits all parties in the pact. More than 75 countries are now involved in the project, and several organizations have joined in support of the mission, all proving that when globalization is harnessed in service of the people, it can be a tool for the good.


Visit the Honey Bee Network website to see a full list of the projects in its database, including shared ideas on crop management and herbal pesticides, and read a profile of Gupta at Worldwatch Institute.

West to meet east at Shodh Yatra

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Publish in : Timesofindia on 17th, Nov 2010

AHMEDABAD: Ask any passersby the whereabouts or any detail of Meghalaya and chances are that the person would be left clueless. While the government is yet to successfully introduce the north eastern states to the rest of the country, city-based NGO National Innovation Foundation Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) has already taken steps in this regard.

Forbes releases list of seven most powerful rural Indian

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Boston, Nov 14 (PTI)

Mansukhbhai Jagani, Mansukhbhai Patel, Mansukhbhai Prajapati and Madanlal Kumawat, are among Forbes' list of seven most powerful rural Indian entrepreneurs, whose ''inventions are changing lives'' of the people across the country.

IIM-Ahmedabad professor and founder of India's Honeybee Network Anil Gupta has selected the seven most powerful rural Indian entrepreneurs for a compilation in Forbes magazine.


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Although some of the innovations, like the powered-flour mill made a debut in the film 3 Idiots, a good majority of these brilliant ideas and products are yet to be recognised across the country.

Thanks to the relentless efforts of the National Innovation Foundation, under the guidance of Professor Anil K Gupta, these innovations are changing the stereotype perceptions of rural India, which is a picture of poverty and degradation.

In an interview with, Anil Gupta, vice chairman and the brain behind NIF, says: "We have a culture that dubs innovation as craziness, but our success would lie in identifying more crazy people and their craziness so that the innovation revolution can spread across India."

A portal for young technological brilliance

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Publish in on 11, Feb, 2010

AFTER bringing innumerable grassroots innovations to light, the innovation guru from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Anil K Gupta, has begun mapping young minds in our engineering colleges. At any given time, India has about six lakh engineering students who spend six months in their final year on a project, which is supposed to be on a problem of relevance to industry or society. But nobody knows what happens to these projects once they are completed.

India's rural inventors drive change

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MUMBAI - Mansukh Prajapati invented a first-of-a-kind refrigerator that is made out of terracotta, works without electricity, costs US$53 and is selling in the thousands. It's a sample of an innovation wave from rural and small-town India enriching the world with common-sense products.

Anil Gupta, a professor at India's premier business school, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, leads a pioneering tribe of technocrats working for no-frills change at the mass level, by harnessing knowledge wealth from economically weaker sections of society.

"Being economically poor does not mean being knowledge-poor," Gupta told Asia Times Online. "But the poor who are at the bottom of the economic pyramid are often considered as being at the bottom of the knowledge pyramid as well. Nothing could be further from the truth."

Innovator network plans giant leap on the back of 3 Idiots

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The inventions were sourced from the National Innovation Foundation, set up nine years ago by the Indian government with inspiration and support from a 16-year-old proponent of grass-roots invention, the Honey Bee Network

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Flavour of India at Sattvik 2009

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Publish in Times of India on 20/12/2009

AHMEDABAD: Relish the sweet aroma of saffron-flavoured green tea, Jafrani Kahwa from Jammu & Kashmir, garnished with almonds and pistachios to bamboo soup delicacy, a speciality of Arunachal Pradesh (AP).

Both insurgent infested states are showcasing their rich cuisine, traditional food items and products during the three-day Sattvik 2009', traditional food festival organised by SRISTI and Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) which kicked-off on Saturday.

Fayaz Ahmed from Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir said, "Jafrani Kahwa is made in Kashmiri Samovar, a traditional kettle, a large decorated urn with burning coals underneath. Kahwa is prepared using different kind of ingredients like saffron, almond, Cinnamon and cardamom."

"Kashmiri cuisine has lot to offer amdavadis but this time we have limited items here," adds Ahmed. Another, insurgent state, Arunachal Pradesh in news for its confrontation with China has displayed a rich variety of traditional food products like Onger, Iyup (Bamboo soup), Dikang (a natural hair conditioner) and organic oranges.

Jatin Tayang from East Siang, AP says, "This is for the first time we are coming here and it has been an overwhelming support. We are very much part of India and north eastern states has lot to offer to people here."

"The bamboo soup is made up of bamboo buds and it can be mixed with pulses, it gives a tangy taste like lemon," adds he.

Upbeat about the success of festival, faculty, IIM-A, Prof Anil Gupta says, "The festival shows the rich bio-diversity existing in rural areas of the country untouched by the urban masses. This time we have representatives even from insurgent states like J&K and AP which are offering state delicacies, it will also create sensitivity about these states."

At more than 50 stalls organic foods, food grains, fruits and traditional delicacies and rural innovations are at display.


The food stall run by HIV positive people of Adhaar Mahila Trust and Saral offering Bajare ki roti, soybean cutlets among others have been hit among the visitors. The organisation have been preparing snacks as part of the Food Reach Programme, funded by World Bank

Hemali Leuva of the organisation says, "The programme is to reduce stigma & discrimination of HIV positive people and this initiate has been well accepted by the visitors."

Machine that can take orders to cook meal

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PATNA: How about ordering a machine to make tea for you? Or, for that matter, to prepare `chhole’? A Bihar teenager is on the job to make this

wishful thinking a reality.

Meet Abhishek Bhagat, a class XII student of Bhagalpur’s Aryabhatt Public School who has designed a prototype of a gadget which makes dishes. Christened `Kitchen King’, the gadget is powered by electricity and has a capacity to prepare dishes that require a maximum of 12 ingredients.

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