Foundation Certificate in Social Innovation - An Introduction

Nov 06, 2020, 09:44 AM
We welcome our guest speaker Mr Unmesh Kulkarni, Founder Member Of OceanicCircles & A Former Director Of Honeywell User Experience, Philips Design. 
 
Social innovation is the practice of using creativity to develop solutions which improve the well being of people & society. It promotes collaborative action, creative thinking & innovative action to address social need. It uses the experience & insight of those impacted & those concerned to come up with new solutions & approaches. Social innovation is a way of making change. How you make that change is as important as what change you want to bring about. Successful social innovation is informed & characterized by the values of empowerment, fairness, inclusion & well-being. In fact, the purpose of social innovation we believe is to bring about a fairer, more equal world! Social innovation can help to address local, national & global challenges in our world. Our belief is that by learning social innovation - how to innovate for social good - we give people the tools to bring about the change that is needed. 
 
Unmesh is a founder member of Oceanic Circles, a collective for social innovation & impact. Previously he has handled global & regional design leadership roles at Honeywell & Philips, working across continents, living in India & China. Prior to that, he co-founded a multi-disciplinary design consultancy & appropriate technology lab, Design Matters. 
 
Unmesh has designed physical & digital solutions globally across sectors, technologies, & regions, successfully bringing branded product & service solutions to markets at scale across healthcare, industrial IoT, life-safety, consumer appliances & electronics, lighting, FMCG, crafts, appropriate technologies etc. 
 
A firm believer in the power of simplicity & creative empowerment in solving complex, real-world problems, he has a number of design awards to his credit including- 2009 INDEX: Award, Red-Dot, Design for Asia, IDEA Eco-Habitat Award, iF Award etc.