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Hacking Life - the India Way. SCS 2012 | Dina Mehta | A Convo Presentation


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Slides from a talk I gave at Microsoft SCS 2012 in January this year. its an 8 minute talk intended to provoke the audience into viewing "hacking" as a generative construct for thinking and an organizing principle for life ... hacking life and living ... rather than it being about just about hacking infrastructure to do different things.

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Hacking Life - the India Way. SCS 2012 | Dina Mehta | A Convo Presentation

  1. 1. Jugaad: Art InstallationArchitect: Sanjeev Shankar
  2. 2. HackingLifethe India wayDina Mehtawww.convo.orgdina@convo.orgtwitter: @dina Picture by Flickr user Barneer
  3. 3. "overcoming harsh constraints by improvising an effective solution using limited resources - HBR" JugaadPictures by “an innovative fix or a simple work- around, sometimes pejoratively used for solutions that bend rules” Wikipedia
  4. 4. Hacking money Hacking dignity Hackingpersonal spacePicture by Eric Rose – 3 Girls in Amritsar, India
  5. 5. “I changed my fathers style of working. I started using better materials like bleaching powder and Tinopol to give good service. I will do a computer course soon as it is essential in today’s world. I face a lot of competition and hope to use my phone and computer to offer better services”RaghuLAUNDRY OWNER. 32 YEARS.CHENNAI HackingMONEY
  6. 6. “My friend says ‘knowledge is power’ and I say no it is your thinking that is power. I am intelligent, I will not load my mind with all the information, I will only have internet so if I want something, I will go to Google. Why do you have to load your mind? You are there to create new-new things not load your mind with unwanted things”SachinKawleEXECUTIVE. 26 YEARS. BELGAUMNEWLY MARRIED HackingMONEY
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  8. 8. “I live for the day when people will be forced to respect and admire me for my achievements. I want to bring my family out of poverty and improve our social standing so that people treat us with respect and dignity.” I am eagle …. I am diamond …NeelakshiDoshiWORKING STUDENT. 21 YEARS. MUMBAI Hacking DIGNITY
  9. 9. “Now the world is all about showing off. Suppose I have many things today but if I wear a torn saree, people feel that I don’t have anything. On the other hand even if I don’t have food at home to eat but I wear a $10 saree carry a $4 purse, and hold a $50 or $60 mobile in my hand, people will say that she has a good post and is quite well-off”Manisha ManeDOMESTIC HELP. 48 YEARS. MUMBAI Hacking DIGNITY
  10. 10. Hacking PERSONAL SPACE
  11. 11. I’m extremely attached to my phone – it is the ONLY thing that is ONLY mine. It creates a space for me that is very personal. I use it a lot to talk to my husband who does night shifts. We SMS each other too with sexy messages. And I’m constantly on Facebook chat with my brother and his fiancée, my old school friends and all my cousins. My mother-in-law has no idea!ReetuYOUNG BRIDE. 24 YEARS. DELHI Hacking PERSONAL SPACE
  12. 12. Thanks for listening!Dina Mehta@dina