Who needs more boing-boing?

Dominic Basulto’s post yesterday on his blog Endless Innovation pointed to an article in US News & World Report. I was embarressed to find out that it included an interview of mine and had been published over two weeks ago on March 23, 2007. Ooops talk about missing the date! So anyway I hope its not to late to point to the article written so well by James Pethokoukis, with a snippet from Dominic,

…has assembled a Who’s Who of the innovation world — including Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing
— to offer their opinions and views about the current state of U.S.
innovation. According to Pethokoukis, America needs more of the type of
innovation, creativity and just plain weirdness found on the Boing Boing site, which describes itself as "a directory of wonderful things."
In addition to Doctorow, Pethokoukis interviews Tim Brown of IDEO, Niti Bhan (one of my favorite bloggers!), Jeff Cornwall (a professor at Belmont University and the author of The Entrepreneurial Mind blog), and Glenn Reynolds (aka "Instapundit") for their suggestions on how to improve U.S. innovation.

Continuing in the same vein, the press release for my keynote speech at the upcoming CHI2007 conference in San Jose on the theme of the future of human computer interaction. I’m quite embarrassed by the fulsome praise heaped on me by the organizers, here’s a snippet from their press release,

“Niti Bhan is doing great work to support low-income persons in developing countries,” said Mary Beth Rosson, Conference Chair. “She has a strong grasp of the future of human-computer interaction, particularly in emerging markets. With Ms. Bhan, we’re sure to have a stimulating and provocative discussion.”

Additionally, for the designwithindia site, Uday Dandavate  asked me to interview Sam Pitroda, the Chairman of India’s National Knowledge Commission, whose mission is stated to be,

The overarching aim of the National Knowledge Commission is to enable
the development of a vibrant knowledge based society. This entails both
a radical improvement in existing systems of knowledge, and creating
avenues for generating new forms of knowledge.

I’m to interview him on his thoughts on what this means for the Indian design and creative industries, in light of the recent ratification of the National Design Policy earlier this year. After all, Sam is an alumnus of IIT and is on the Board of Overseers for the Institute of Design, Chicago. Who better to share his thoughts on how design thinking, user centered design and research can best help India solve her immense and deep social and economic challenges?

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