Against the Grain

Innovation and its Discontents

Political elites and technocrats in many countries believe we can innovate our way out of poverty. But can problems of development be tackled by profit-driven entrepreneurialism? Lilly Irani’s book looks at what professional design is and isn’t doing for poor people and communities. She reveals who gets ignored and what goes unaddressed when innovation is championed by liberalized economies like India’s.

Lilly Irani, Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India Princeton University Press, 2019

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