Balaji Parthasarathy delivers talk as a part of Fields of View’s Research in Play lecture series

Date: 24-06-2016

Description: Balaji Parthasarathy was invited to deliver a talk titled “Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation” on Friday, 24 June 2016, as part of the Research in Play lecture series organized by the Bangalore-based NGO .

To explore new possibilities to solve some of the most pressing social challenges of the 21st century, this talk will explore the hybrid domain as an emerging institutional form to generate social innovation.

The shifting relations between states, markets, not-for-profit sectors, and technology shape the landscape for social innovation. The empowerment of low-income populations in India in particular, and in the Global South in general, as contributors of knowledge for social innovation promises developmental impacts that earlier efforts could not deliver. Particularly in the context of state failure to deliver services that fulfill the basic needs of citizens, collaborative governance can serve as an useful alternative to blend economic and social objectives by overriding organizational boundaries which were previously considered ideologically incompatible and, therefore, unbridgeable.

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CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.