Recently I was invited to speak at IIT Madras for a Conference on Design Education organized by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
I met some old friends like
Prof Amaresh Chakrabarti (IISc)
Dr Ramanan (Medical Stents Innovator and old GE friend) - http://www.lramanan.com/raise-rd/applied_research_-_benefits_to_industry_and_products
and made some new friends (Prof Peer Sathikh, NTU, Singapore) http://research.ntu.edu.sg/expertise/academicprofile/Pages/StaffProfile.aspx?ST_EMAILID=PEERSATHIKH .
I described four thinking skills that we need to train our young innovators on so that they can create abundance through their innovations.
I spoke about human centered design first - cited the popular example - GE Doug Dietz and the MRI machine.
Then I described the power of exponential thinking - introduced the 6 D Framework of Peter Diamandis -
I went to talk about Systems thinking - cited the Aravind Eye Care case study.
Finally, I concluded with my favourite piece on Inventive thinking - TRIZ - Ideality, Function Maps and Technology Evolution Trends.