Finding Krishi Janani’s Social Value Proposition for Farmers

Krishi Janani Learning the Ropes (cc Appropriate IT)

June was Krishi Janani’s “get out of the office” month. It was intense. We set out to meet as many individuals and institutions along the agriculture value chain as possible. As mentioned earlier, we are utilizing lean startup approaches to build Krishi Janani. Customer discovery and validation are THE opening steps of that approach. As Steve Blank outlines in his customer development model:

Almost

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Science, Technology, & Spirituality Must Unite for a Sustainable & Balanced Existence ~ Amma

UNAI Conference on Technology for Sustainable Development (© MA Center)

[Note: Spirituality has always been one of Appropriate IT’s existential questions. Is there spirituality in technology or in running a profitable business? How can we search for this elusive goal? Why search even? There were many answers to be found in a recent keynote that Amma gave at a United Nations conference that I had the good fortune to be attending. – usha]

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Theory of Unintended Consequences

Coral Reef, Belize (cc) World Resources Institute

Proponents of the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid point to shampoo sachets as an example of affordability. Exponential adoption of mobile phones is a boon, especially for ICT innovation projects. Drone transport can solve last mile delivery issues in inaccessible locations. Yet, buried in these innovations are unintended consequences that cause damage as well. Can you guess what those are?

This was part

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Krishi Janani: Stepping Out Into the Great Unknown

Krishi Janani: Ag Tech Network

So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

Krishi Janani is an ag tech network (online platform + young women-led rural ag tech centers) enabling organic and sustainable

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Pay It Forward: A Training in Namakkal

Namakkal Training 6

A three day technology training in building websites with WordPress at PGP college in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu

By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

With a background in Industrial design and innovation management, being part of this training was a first experience for me. But now I know that it will definitely not be my last experience in this field. These three days in Namakkal

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!..AIDA-வும் நானும்..!

AIDA Inauguration 3

(Guest blog by Priya Devi Kuzhali)

இளநிலை இரண்டாமாண்டு பயின்று கொண்டிருந்த சமயம், மாணவிகளுக்கான இலவச பயிலரங்கத்தில் எனது பெயரையும் பதிவு செய்திருந்தார் என் துணைத்தலைவர்.

அந்த பயிலரங்கத்தைப் பற்றி மேலோட்டமாக சில செய்திகள் சேகரித்து, விடுமுறை தினத்தில் கூட கல்லூரி வர வேண்டி உள்ளதே என்ற சின்ன சலிப்போடு, கல்லூரியில் காத்துக்கொண்டிருந்தேன், அந்த பயிலரங்கை நட்த்தவிருந்த பெண்மணிக்காக.

என்னைப் போலவே கிட்ட்தட்ட இருபது மாணவிகள் (சிலர் வேறு கல்லூரிகளில் இருந்து) வந்திருந்தனர். சிறிது நேரத்தில் அந்த பெண்மணி வந்தார். தன்னைப் பற்றி ஓரிரு வார்த்தைகள் கூறிவிட்டு, எங்களை அறிமுகம்

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Learning is a Mindset

AIDA Inauguration 5

(Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes

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கடைக்கோடி பெண்ணுக்கும் ஐடி : கனவை நனவாக்கும் அய்டா

AIDA Inauguration 1

(Guest blog by Geeta Ilangovan)

ஆஃப்கானிஸ்தான் விமானநிலையத்தில் இறங்கியபோது எனக்கு அதிர்ச்சி காத்திருந்தது. நான் செல்ல வேண்டிய நிறுவனத்திற்கு என்னை அழைத்துச் செல்ல வேண்டிய நபரைக் காணவில்லை. அவரின் தொலைபேசி எண்ணை அழைக்க வேண்டுமென்றால் விமானநிலையத்திற்கு வெளியே உள்ள பூத்திற்கு போக வேண்டும். தீவிரவாதமும், பெண் ஒடுக்குமுறை கொடுமைகளும் தலைவிரித்தாடும் மண்ணில் தனியே காலெடுத்து வைக்க தைரியம் வரவில்லை. என்ன செய்வதென்றே புரியவில்லை. பயத்தை மறைத்துக் கொண்டு விமான நிலையத்தின் உட்புறம் அலைந்து கொண்டிருந்தேன்.

என்னை கவனித்துக் கொண்டிருந்த ஒரு போலீஸ்காரர், `யார் நீங்கள் ?’ என்று உடைந்த ஆங்கிலத்தில்

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AIDA Launches with a Celebration and Inspiration for Social Change

Appropriate IT Development Academy (AIDA)

On August 15, Appropriate IT Development Academy (AIDA) hosted a special event to celebrate India’s independence day and mark the opening of AIDA’s first training center in Kinathukadavu, near Coimbatore, India.

This event “Celebrating Ourselves, Inspiring Social Change” took place at NGP Engineering College, Coimbatore on Aug 15 from 3 – 5 pm. The ceremony opened with a short presentation on Appropriate IT’s

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Introducing Janani: A Crowdsourcing + Citizen Engagement Platform

Janani: An open source crowdsourcing + citizen engagement platform

Appropriate IT’s Innovation Lab is delighted to announce the release of our first product: Janani, an open source crowdsourcing + citizen engagement platform for social accountability.

Janani is a citizen engagement platform ideal for crowdsourced assessments of publicly funded projects, monitoring of service delivery to citizens, improving accountability in governance, or increasing participation for programs.

Key features of the platform include:

An easy-to-use text messaging

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    Krishi Janani: Ag Tech Network

    So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

    Krishi Janani is an ag tech network (online platform + young women-led rural ag tech centers) enabling organic and sustainable

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    Namakkal Training 6

    A three day technology training in building websites with WordPress at PGP college in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu

    By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

    With a background in Industrial design and innovation management, being part of this training was a first experience for me. But now I know that it will definitely not be my last experience in this field. These three days in Namakkal

  • Learning is a Mindset

    AIDA Inauguration 5

    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

    Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes

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