The Power of Social Network is already having its effect. Two days ago,
we approached Sam Pitroda, Chairman of Knowledge Commission of India
and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Innovation. We expressed to him
the concern of the Design community in India over initiating steps to
invest in the infrastructure for 4 new NID’s even before following due
diligence in clarifying the vision for such an expansion.
In our request for his intervention, we reminded him that when NID was
set up with direct support from the then Prime Minister, Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru, Vision Came First and the infrastructure followed.
We requested that the same process needs to be followed and we need to
co-create a vision through participation of many of us on this social
network who are willing to help him by tapping into the ideas of
different stakeholders and shape a vision. Such a collaboration would
lead to a vision that is more in sync with the new realities and
aspirations of India. He agreed. We urged him that there is a need to
reclaim the legacy of direct patronage to design from the highest
level of the government.
At his request we are going to channelize the energy and ideas that
exists within our network and we will reach out to others who may
currently not be direct participants in designers’ online network but
have a stake in establishing design as a key competency across
different disciplines and sectors.
So watch out for more news. An initial group of volunteers, comprising
of Rashmi Korjan, Dinesh Korjan, M.P.Ranjan, S. Sundar, Sudhir Sharma,
Joginder Panghal, Jatin Bhatt, Uday Dandavate, Ashish Despande, Poonam Bir Kasturi and
Amit Gulati have started initial conversations to set in place a
mechanism to broaden this process of co-creation. Our objective is
simple- Vision First.
Please use every platform available to you, your colleagues, your
clients, your teachers, your students, government officials who
understand and appreciate the role of design in nation building and
start a conversation about “Vision First”.
Many of you have expressed your support for this effort. We will need
more participation from your end as we hit the road (the information
highway) collecting pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. One of us will update
you with more when we start putting in place a robust instrument to
collect your ideas. You are all welcome to joing the Vision First