Prashant Mehra is a builder of open access digital platforms in the area of Livelihood, Education, and Civic Engagement, collectively called the Platform Commons Foundation. In our conversation with Prashant, he tells us what inspired him to take a sabbatical and be out on the streets in the night picking garbage while building a livelihood platform.
Continuing our Societal Chats series, we spoke to Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda who is a pioneer in crowdsourcing and building products for the underserved. He talks to us about his journey from building the Google Map Maker to conceptualising a 11-minute loan to a first-time borrower at Avanti Finance.
We recently had a fireside chat with Nandan Nilekani, Co-Founder and Chairman of EkStep Foundation, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Infosys. We spoke to him about his experiences of working on large-scale projects, and recollected learnings that led to the articulation of Societal Platform Thinking.
“How do we design the platform such that we restore agency, such that we strengthen dignity of people, and provide individuals with the appropriate choices that they can exercise in their respective context?” Recording of the session, ‘rethinking relationship with technology’ at UNDP’s IID 2021.
“Carefully constructed Societal Platforms offer one way to build large-scale ecosystems by design, and hence drive rapid and widespread change”, Sanjay Purohit and François Bonnici write for WEF Agenda.