Field Guide to Innovation

As societies face increasingly complex problems, design is emerging as the tool to solve some of Asia’s biggest issues – from plastic bag waste in Cambodia, food safety in China, unmet medical needs in India to apathy in modern Singapore.  Through field trips with citizens and designers skilled in human-centred design, FIELD GUIDE TO INNOVATION shows how we can turn problems into opportunities by extracting meaning from everyday surrounds and unlocking innovation through the understanding of people.

These designers are disruptors in their field. Serial inventor, Dr Jadgish Chaturvedi was shortlisted by MIT Technology Review 2016 as one of the world’s ‘35 Innovators under 35‘. Investor and serial entrepreneur, Mathilda Ho is blazing the trail of sustainable food systems in China with an e-commerce platform and Food+Tech accelerator. Management professor, Dr Anil Gupta is widely respected as India’s ‘Father of Grassroots Innovation‘.

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Year: 2017

Duration: 6 episodes  x 30 mins
Territory/Rights available: Worldwide
Formats Available: –
Show Format: HD
Produced by: People Factor Studio

Client: Mediacorp Singapore

Episodic Details

Episode 1- THE COMPLEXITY OF PLASTIC BAGS:
Plastic bags are so deeply entrenched in Cambodian culture that they generate one of the largest amount of plastic bag waste in the world. Using Design Thinking to deconstruct human psychology and the ecosystem of waste, designers hope to alleviate this problem.

Episode 2- INVENTING FOR THE OTHER 6 BILLION:
While innovations in America look after the needs of the top one billion people in the world, those in India can handle the challenges faced by the other six billion. ‘Top 35 under 35’ serial inventor Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi shares his secret to Medtech innovation.

Episode 3- TACKLING CHINESE FOOD SAFETY:
China’s food safety woes are well known. With a small team of 5, Matilda Ho combines business with design to create China’s first sustainable food e-commerce platform in only 100 days. Her ventures combine purpose and profit in an attempt to reshape the Chinese relationship with food.

Episode 4- ROOT OF INNOVATION:
For more than two decades, Dr Anil Gupta has scoured rural India for its hidden innovations, motivated by the belief that the most powerful ideas for fighting poverty and hardship won’t come from corporate research labs, but from ordinary people struggling to survive

Episode 5- STARTING UP IN MYANMAR:
Myanmar is in the midst of a connectivity revolution with many going straight to smartphones. But ask any local what the internet is and most will say Facebook.  Phandeeyar is grooming its first cohort of homegrown startups so local solutions can be made with local knowlege.

Episode 6- DESIGNING AGAINST APATHY:
Built on the belief that ‘People can influence and make positive change to their own neighbourhoods’, Mizah Rahman has been working to turn apathetic Singaporeans into engaged ones using Participatory Design –  a design process that brings designers and communities together to co-create solutions.