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[liberationtech] TODAY at Stanford: Design Thinking, Social Change, & Governance Revolution in India
companys at stanford.edu
Thu Jun 4 09:15:07 PDT 2015
Design Thinking, Social Change and Governance Revolution in India
Vivek Srinivasan, Academic Research & Program Manager, Program on
June 4, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Open to Stanford faculty, students, staff, and visiting scholars.
Ground Floor Conference Rm E008
616 Serra St.
Stanford, CA 94305-6055
FSI Contact: Audrey McGowan <audrey.mcgowan at stanford.edu>
Tamil Nadu is among the few states in India that provides basic public
services such as schools, water, electricity, primary healthcare and
transport almost universally. These services function remarkably well,
making a significant difference to the lives of people. In many cases, the
state has achieved better outcomes than other states of India, but with
In this talk, Vivek will argue that the effectiveness of Tamil Nadu's
administration can be linked to underlying processes akin to 'human centred
design' that has been popularized by the Design school at Stanford, among
others. This form of design thinking is slowly but surely making its way to
other parts of India leading to a small revolution in governance in India
The talk will be based on his recently published book, Delivering Public
Services Effectively: Tamil Nadu & Beyond.
Vivek Srinivasan joined the CDDRL Liberation Technology Program as the
program manager in February 2011 after completing his Ph.D. in social
sciences from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Prior to this, he
worked with campaigns on various socio-economic rights in India, including
the right to food, education and the right to information. Based on these
experiences Srinivasan has written (and co-authored) extensively on issues
surrounding the right to food, including Notes from the right to food
campaign: people's movement for the right to food (2003), Rights based
approach and human development: An introduction (2008), Gender and the
right to food: A critical re-examination (2006), Food Policy and Social
Movements: Reflections on the Right to Food Campaign in India (2007).
In working with these campaigns, he realized the widespread disparities in
the provision of basic public services in India. This led him to examine
how Tamil Nadu, a southern Indian state, developed extensive commitment to
providing such services to all its residents in his doctoral dissertation.
Oxford University Press published Srinivasan’s book based on the
dissertation entitled, "Delivering services effectively: Tamil Nadu and
Beyond" in 2014.
As a full-time activist, he also experimented with various IT platforms to
make the campaigns effective. This interest brought him to the Liberation
Technology Program at Stanford where Srinivasan is currently leading a
research project entitled "Combating corruption with mobile phones".
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