Jugaad and innovation

Jugaad, or frugal innovation (as pointed out by Jaideep Prabhu in his book Jugaad Innovation), is believed to have the potential to fix some of the most perennial issues that mankind has been facing (abysmal poverty, energy scarcity in rural areas, unemployment, wasteful use of available resources, and pollution, to name a few). By targeting the very dynamics of their cause effect, a jugaad solution superbly alters the parameters that define these issues in the first place.

More often than not, a problem doesn’t become a permanent condition merely because there is no easy solution. Jugaad innovators have proven it time and again. Generally, an issue isn’t foreseen or heeded enough during the formulation of the system that encompasses it. A typical jugaad innovator notoriously transcends the system as it ceases to show any sign whatsoever of a step forward, let alone a quantum leap, towards attempting to address and resolve such an issue.

Jugaad alone can possibly serve rapid betterment at the roots of a compound system by transforming sufferers into active partakers without demanding extravagance. It entrusts them with tools to improve their own and thus their society’s lifestyle. Jugaad mindset empowers a common man with the hope to create a change and bring about a revolution.

Yet, jugaad innovation can’t be systematized, as the innovator senses an opportunity only amid an adversity. A jugaad idea may occur to even the remotest village dweller with meager means. Fostering the essence of jugaad by setting up enlightening examples is vital to its respectable recognition.

Given the present well networked world, the spirit of jugaad is expected to flourish at a massive scale.

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