Trendspotting: Why Things Matter, a collaboration between the India Habitat Centre and Hearth Advisors, presents discussions about an evolving future. The monthly series connects the frontiers of academia, research, societal concerns, technology and evolving thought with issues that matter to people’s lives. Discover insights and predictions to be prepared for a thriving tomorrow by breaking down silos between education, employability, research, technology, and sustainability.

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16 January 2024 (Tuesday), 7pm

Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

“Innovation Partnerships: Can existing business models keep pace with innovation?”

Business leaders have a growing split on appropriate partnership models for innovation. There are two schools of thought. One is open to experimenting with dynamic business engagement centred on trust. This is based on a belief that value creation in a time of accelerating change requires equally agile partnerships. The other approach insists on incremental changes based on conventional business models run on tested management norms. Is the former approach the future of business? Or does the latter approach present a much-needed safeguard against socio-economic turmoil? What are the impacts of an expanding definition of stakeholders on corporate governance? What do these trends mean for profitability, business education, employment, and employability?


Dr Radhika Khosla (Associate Professor, School of Geography and Environment and Research Director, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Oxford)

Dr Nalin Mehta (Managing Editor, Moneycontrol, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore)

Prasad Shejale (Founder & CEO, Logicserve Digital)

Nitin Pandey (Founder & CEO, parentune)


Chanpreet Arora (Board Member, Internews Europe; Former SVP & Business Head AVoD JioCinema; Former CEO, Vice India; Fellow, Reuters Institute Oxford)


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