Vinay Dabholkar: (vinay@catalign.com)

I work as a Catalyst in three areas: systematic innovation, design thinking, and mindfulness. Innovation is about creative responses to perceived challenges. Mindfulness is about perceptual clarity (seeing clearly).

Systematic Innovation: Since 2006, I have been helping organizations foster a culture of innovation. Over this decade, I got an opportunity to partner with Technology/HR/Marketing departments in over 50 organizations in sectors ranging from apparel design to aircraft design and from software development to school education in their innovation journey (see client list here). 

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 also facilitate workshops on Design Thinking in which 3Es: Experience, Empathy and Experimentation get emphasized. The workshops typically involve field research, metaphor based problem discovery, rapid prototyping of ideas, field testing and team presentations. 

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).

Prior to 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.

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 anyone 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.

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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