Vinay Dabholkar:

I work as a Catalyst in two areas: innovation and mindfulness. Innovation is about creative responses to a perceived challenge. Mindfulness is about perceptual clarity.

Innovation: Since 2006, I have been helping organizations foster a culture of innovation. I also facilitate workshops on Design Thinking in which 3Es: Experience, Empathy and Experimentation get emphasized. I have been lucky to have worked on projects ranging across for-profit, not-for-profit and Government organizations and sectors ranging from apparel design to aircraft design. I have been a visiting faculty at IIM Bangalore (2010-present) and IIT Mumbai (2016-present).

It took me ten years after finishing PhD in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo to realize that technology is not my passion. In those ten years, I worked in Motorola, Austin and Sasken, Bangalore. Of course, my current work on innovation involves technology – sometimes even cutting-edge technology. However, I don’t play the technology expert role in the project. My primary expertise is in the process of innovation and its two-way interaction with the culture.

I started writing a blog in 2007 mostly as an outlet for all that was going on in my head. I am fortunate to have met Rishikesha Krishnan (now Director IIM Indore). Our collaboration led to writing of the book “8 steps to innovation” which won first prize in 2014 from Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD). The book has certainly opened new avenues.

Mindfulness: Since 2015, I have been facilitating workshops on “Mindfulness on the go”. In this workshop, we explore mindfulness as an investigation and something that can happen “on the go” – in the bus, while waiting for an elevator, in the grocery store, or even in the middle of an argument. It is not aligned with any one teaching or religion or sect.

The seed of this interest was sown in mid 90s, when I got introduced to spirituality literature by my Dad while I was in graduate school. Since then talks / writings / interviews from Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramana Maharshi, Eckhart Tolle have resonated deeply within. I have also participated in Vipassana silent retreats designed by S. N. Goenka.

Hobbies: I have been a jogger for more than half of my life. It is almost like a meditation to me. I jog 2-3 times a week and the Kaikondrahalli lake opposite our apartment has made the experience richer. I enjoy playing bamboo flute, especially Hindustani classical music. My expertise level is KG-1 for the past several years. But it hasn’t taken the joy away so far.

My one page profile is available here and LinkedIn profile is here.

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