Innovating For a Better Tomorrow
How often is it that we discuss the hopes and dreams of more than one billion people. But that is just what happened when Mr. Murthy, Executive Chairman of the Infosys Board sat down with Sagarika Ghose, the deputy editor of CNN-IBN, for the curtain raiser episode of what promises to be an exciting television series.
Innovating for a Better Tomorrow is India's new must-see program on tele. Its nine terrific episodes are full of the inspirational ideas and innovations that are propelling the nation forward. And the best part of this story is that everyone is along for the ride. Why do I say everyone? You'll see that whatever the innovation - whether financial inclusion or accessible education or affordable conveniences, people are using knowledge that already exists in new ways. And when they do, they make the lives of everyone in our society better. That's not always the intended consequence, of course. Sometimes a researcher in a laboratory is simply trying to find a new antidote. Or a student is attempting to answer a professor's question in a way that's never before been done. Whatever they do, in the long run they're adding significant value to the world around them.
Innovation is a good way to start yourself down the pathway of success. When I think of people and nations that are constantly innovating, they all have something in common, whichever century or industry they're in: They each have a remarkably high innovation quotient. And they recognize the power of an idea.
There really is no downside to innovation. The reality based on data and the facts is that societies that embrace innovation and enhanced productivity end up providing better value for citizens. This is most effective when the economy is in a downturn because that unrelenting spirit is what fuels a turn-around.
Consider some of the people and organizations featured in "Innovating for a Better Tomorrow." There's Pratham, the largest NGO whose mission it is to provide quality education to underprivileged children in India. The idea is to increase the number of children who receive the benefit of education all while improving the quality of it. With ideas such as these, India can lead the way in new ways of doing education. In some ways, we already are. Another subject of the TV series, Bunker Roy, is a social activist who founded the Barefoot College. It's an innovative, groundbreaking school that educates illiterate village women - often grandmothers - to assemble and maintain hi-tech solar panels for use in their own villages. Speaking of villages the show also features Godrej & Boyce ChotuKool, a compact fridge that runs on both electricity and batteries for the mid- and low-income urban and rural markets.
So tune in (in India) to the first episode on CNN-IBN on Saturday, Feb 15, at 7:00 PM, with a repeat telecast on Sunday, Feb 16, at 12:00 PM. People outside of India can watch the webcasts of the shows, next week onwards, on www.infosys.com/indiainnovates
We'll all be more enriched for having learned about these special people.