<iframe src="https://anchor.fm/throughthecorporateglass/embed/episodes/49--What-does-it-mean-to-be-a-problem-solver-in-the-sustainability-space-e1e1nck" height="102px" width="400px" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>How does someone with an engineering background break into policy design? What does it mean to be an effective problem solver in the sustainability space? How does one contribute to evidence based policy making. We talk about this and much more with Hari Dilip Kumar.

Hari is a generalist problem-solver at heart, with a decade of rich and varied experience in sustainability and social impact. He has contributed significantly to ground-breaking projects recognized globally for innovation and impact by organizations including the United Nations. He cofounded FluxGen, a sustainable technologies company in Bengaluru. He then worked at MicroEnergy International (Germany) on the concept of swarm electrification, and headed research & product development at Solshare, an international joint-venture social enterprise creating clean energy marketplaces in rural off-grid areas of Bangladesh. He also researched systems issues at Public Affairs Centre.

He currently works with startups, corporates, academia & non-profits on a range of sustainable development challenges, helping them with business development, technology & design, and policy analysis & advocacy through Solvesustain a recently founded company.



Episode length: 36 min | Listen on: Spotify | Google | Apple | More options


Hari's Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hari-dilip-kumar-4b566621/

Mentioned in the episode:

Solvesustain: http://solvesustain.com/

Donella Meadows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donella_Meadows

Limits of Growth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Limits_to_Growth

Going down the rabbit hole: https://thesystemsthinker.com/systems-thinkers-must-go-down-the-rabbits-hole/

The paper from MIT: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4614-3188-6_2

Cal Newport's take on Passion: https://99u.adobe.com/videos/22339/cal-newport-follow-your-passion-is-bad-advice

The tools: Phil Stutsz, Barry Michels: https://www.amazon.in/Tools-Phil-Stutz/dp/0091947413

Mindset: https://fs.blog/carol-dweck-mindset/

IDEO: https://www.ideo.org/

Human Centered Design: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human-centered_design

Carbon accounting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_accounting

Evidence based policy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evidence-based_policy

Initiative for climate action: https://actionclimate.org/

Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore: https://pacindia.org/

Building game changing products and transforming industries require thinking outside the box, questioning the accepted state of the world and making bold choices. How does one develop this aptitude, attitude and exposure. What are the challenges and what is the cost of making these bold choices?


To delve into these questions, we have with us Dheeraj Pandey, Co-founder and CEO of DevRev, board member at Adobe, co-founder of Nutanix. He is also the co-founder of Param Hansa Values and Param Hansa Philanthropies and is on the board of advisors for the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin. Dheeraj is a true visionary, who constantly questions the status quo and has built companies that have disrupted industry norms.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dpandey/


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With the onset of the pandemic, remote work has become the norm for many of us. While this was new to some of us, there were others who had chosen to work remote pre-pandemic. Their experiences and learnings will certainly be useful as we transition to the hybrid mode of working. We explore some of the challenges and possible solutions with Ashwini Vasanth.


Ashwini is an engineer at DevRev. She has worked for 10 years in a traditional office environment and has spent over 5 years in a hybrid environment. I have always seen Ashwini explore new areas, ideas and, ways of working. She is always willing to share different aspects that have helped her through her experiences. When she is not coding and building products, she writes poetry.


Linkedin Profile

Ashwini Vasanth: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashwini-vasanth


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