Vinay Dabholkar: (vinay@catalign.in)
(Address: 212 Benaka Towers, 16th D Main, 2nd Cross, HAL 2nd Stage, Kodihalli, Bangalore 560008)

I work as a catalyst or process consultant in three areas: design thinking, innovation strategy, and mindfulness. 

Design Thinking: I have been facilitating workshops on design thinking in which 3Es: Experience, Empathy, and  Experimentation get emphasized (2011-present). The workshops typically involve empathic interviewsmetaphor-based problem discovery, rapid prototyping of ideas, field testing, and team presentations. These workshops have been conducted for CXOs, managers, engineers, school teachers and students. Along with Prof. Ganesh Prabhu, I have been conducting a 2-day open program on design thinking at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (2017-present). (see client list here).  

Innovation Strategy: For over a decade, I have been helping CXOs in the design and execution of innovation strategy (2006-present). My help revolves around three key challenges: building a pipeline of big bets, improving the velocity of ideas and enhancing the business impact. The interventions where I have played a role so far include co-innovation workshops, challenge campaigns, lab programs, innovation reviews, internal technology conferences, etc. 

I have co-authored a book “8 steps to innovation: from jugaad to excellence" – published in 2013 by HerperCollins. It won first prize in 2014 from Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD). The first chapter from the book is available here and an article from Inc. Magazine summarizing the 8 steps is available here. I facilitate workshops related to the “8 steps to innovation” framework. Apart from for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, my co-author, Rishikesha T. Krishnan and I have also conducted 8-steps related training for representatives from 50+ ministries and departments of Government of India.

I have been a visiting faculty at IIM Bangalore (2010-present) and IIT Mumbai (2016-present). As a visiting faculty, I also taught at TISS Mumbai (2010-2014). A Massively Online Open Course (MOOC) "Managing Innovation" where I am a co-teacher was launched on edX platform in 2019. I have taught the course "Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation" to PGPEM and PGP at IIM Bangalore (2019 Jun-Aug, 2020 scheduled). And co-taught "Managing technological innovation" at Desai-Sethi School of Entrepreneurship at IIT Bombay in 2016-19.

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 teaching or religion or sect. A podcast series on "Mindfulness on the go", a result of a collaboration between my wife, Gauri, and I, is available here

My book "Mindfulness: Connecting with the real you" is published by HarperCollins (Oct 2019). 

The seed of this interest was sown in the 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.

Prior to my consulting career, I worked in Motorola, Austin and Sasken, Bangalore. I did B.Tech from IIT Bombay and PhD from SUNY Buffalo, both in Computer Science.

I am a regular blogger since 2007 and the blog is available here.

Hobbies: I have been a jogger for over thirty years. I enjoy learning and practicing Hindustani classical bansuri (bamboo flute) though I am a perpetual beginner. I like watching movies and plays depicting the journey from confusion to clarity. 

My one-page profile is available here and LinkedIn profile is here. A quarterly newsletter that I have been publishing since 2011 is available here.