From time immemorial, there have always been a few individuals who have risen above mere personal gain, to devote their lives to solving pressing social and environmental ills plaguing society. They did this by employing innovative new methods that were hitherto unknown, or known but not applied. Going by that definition, the Father of our nation,Mahatma Gandhi, can be considered as one of India’s first social entrepreneurs.
“Start-ups are more than commercial success stories.
They are powerful examples of Social Innovation”
MIT ID Innovation Programme recognizes the need to reach thousands of aspiring social innovators and help them gain the skills and knowledge required for their dreams to become a reality. By training social innovators of the future, MIT ID Innovation Programme aims to help the most pressing global challenges.
Unmesh Kulkarni 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.
Post his stint at Honewell & Philips, 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