Vinay Dabholkar:

I have been a freelancer since 2006 and live in Bangalore. I help organizations foster a culture of innovation. 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 and TISS Mumbai.

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 how it has a 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”. The book has certainly opened new avenues.

Thanks to my Dad, I got introduced to spiritual literature when I was in graduate school in mid 90s. Talks / writings / interviews from Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Susan Segal, Ramesh Balsekar, Ramana Maharshi, Eckhart Tolle have resonated deeply within. I find the self-discovery process satisfying and fun. You can read my reflections in this journey here.

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. I am learning to appreciate Jazz and Western classical music from our son Kabir who plays classical and bass guitars. 

I and my wife, we enjoy watching plays. Sakharam Binder by Vijay Tendulkar, Hayavadan by Girish Karnad, One flew over the cuckoos nest by Dale Wasserman are some of my favorite plays. I have been experimenting with short skits as a medium of communicating the idea in my workshops.

photo credit: Mayuresh Kamat

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