How France And India Can Unleash The Power Of “Frugal Innovation”

According to a recent Gallup International Association poll, French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are rated as two of the most favoured world leaders.

They have a historic opportunity to use their huge popularity and goodwill at home and abroad to heal our fractured world. The way to do it is through co-innovation — by bringing together Indian and French engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, artists and business leaders. Together, these innovators will create solutions to what I call “problems without borders”: social inequality, global warming, chronic diseases, water and food scarcity.

Last December, in Mumbai, I attended the Indo-French STEAM School — which shows how co-innovation can have a major positive impact worldwide. This 10-day programme is co-organized every year by the French Embassy in India, the Paris-based Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity, and Maker’s Asylum, a community space in Mumbai. The programme enables STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education through hands-on problem-solving based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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