On August 15, 2014, in his first Independence Day speech from the Red Fort’s ramparts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government would replace the Planning Commission with a new body.The announcement paved the way for bringing the curtains down on a 64-year old institution founded on the former Soviet Union's command-style development model.Modi did not name the institution, which he said will give a "new direction to lead the country based on creative thinking, public-private partnership, optimum utilisation of resources, utilisation of youth power of the nation, to promote the aspirations of state governments seeking development, to empower the state governments and to empower the federal structure".Close Four-and-a-half months later, the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog was set up, setting the stage to for a creating the government’s go-to policy think tank, abandoning the earlier one-size-fits-all approach to contemporary … [Read more...] about Modinomics | NITI Aayog – the much needed upgrade to Planning Commission
Every time a new rejection letter appeared in Emily May’s mailbox, she tried her hardest not to take it personally. She’d been convinced the cause she was rallying for–fighting street harassment–was sure to get support. Of the eight foundations and two fellowships she’d applied to, something would come through. But it didn’t. And more rejection only followed. advertisement advertisement May had been street harassed since the age of 18 and knew countless women who’d been catcalled, followed, subjected to masturbating strangers. But as each form letter rolled in, not only rejecting May’s proposal for funding, but often pointing out that street harassment was in fact not a real issue–May felt increasingly more resolute. “The rejections were even more important an indicator of what we were trying to do,” she says. “I felt strongly that it was time to get people to pay attention to this issue.” And she … [Read more...] about How The Founder of Hollaback! Made a Career Out of Fighting Street Harassment
The Sheltersuit is a home that you wear. Designed in the Netherlands for use by homeless people, the suit is a water-resistant, insulated jacket and sleeping bag, which zip together to keep the wearer warm and dry when they sleep on the street. advertisement advertisement “The Netherlands is well set up for the homeless,” designer Bas Timmer told Co.Exist, “but for every person who gets a bed, one still sleeps rough.” Timmer was moved to do something when the father of a friend died on the street because the shelters were full, and was given just a blanket to see him through the night. The suit was designed by Timmer, a Netherlands-based fashion, and reuses discarded sleeping bags to make its two sections. The jacket has a hood, long, palm-covering sleeves, and a reflective armband. The bottom section looks like a sack until it is zipped onto the hem of the jacket, whereupon the whole thing becomes a semi-cosy sleeping bag. The suit comes with a … [Read more...] about The Sheltersuit Is A Wearable Homeless Shelter Made From Sleeping Bags
Somewhere in the universe, there is a shelf of neatly organized books with titles made of nonsense. One of these books contains 410 pages of uncapitalized English words strung together in no intelligible order. On page 26 of this particular book, about halfway down, bookended between “holons” and “linkman“, is a 26-word couplet that my 4-year-old daughter will attempt to recite in her preschool’s Christmas pageant. Somewhere else, on a different shelf, is another book: this one contains a precise transcription, down to the syllable, of how my daughter will adorably mangle those 26 words onstage when her cue arrives. advertisement advertisement If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s because the 20th-century Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges imagined it in his mindbending short story “The Library of Babel”: The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal … [Read more...] about How Do You Design A UX For Infinity?
There’s a reason most of Jared Hess’s films share titles with their lead characters. It’s because these films are meticulously constructed vehicles for unique personalities who are often more engaging than the situations in which they find themselves. advertisement advertisement Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, and Gentleman Broncos all share a certain sensibility and homespun charm, but more than that, they all feature characters so fully realized and inhabited they practically jut out of the screen. Hess writes each of his creations with his wife, Jerusha, and directs them himself. Before one word is written down, however, the pair have hours of conversations mapping out every detail about the people at the center of their developing story. It shows in the execution. In the new Don Verdean, Sam Rockwell plays the eponymous biblical archeologist who may be past his sell-by date in terms of fame, and thus resorts to some questionable activities. Rockwell, who … [Read more...] about “Don Verdean” and “Napoleon Dynamite” Creator Jared Hess On Character-Based Movies