One of the hit’s of last year’s Doors Of Perception conference was
Sugata Mitra. His experiments in using technology to teach through play and exploration in rural India captivated the audience.
More inspiration from India in this all-too-short report on it’s grass-roots innovators.
“To communicate the excellence of the ideas he was
encountering in village India, he started something called the Honey
Bee Network, based around a magazine describing these sort of
innovations in eight different languages.
The organisation now has 10,000 ideas on a computer
database – local lore and the inventions of dozens of village boffins
available to inquirers, and to companies who want to licence the ideas
and pay for them.
“Why should intellectual property merely benefit big
corporations?” asks Professor Gupta, as he encourages businesses to pay
the equivalent of hundreds of pounds to make things such as the tilting
bullock cart. ”