Systems Convening

DESTA conducted a systems convening at the Dialogues on Development Management organised by the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) in New Delhi, where different philanthropies and nonprofits came together to consider why…

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DESTA Calendar

A Calendar has been launched by DESTA for the year 2024. The calendar contains illustrations and some key concepts about Systems Thinking, which will help you to get familiar with…

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Article: System for Systems Change

While many organisations have adopted a systems change lens in their work, the lack of coordination among them is hampering their collective impact. In this article, Mihir highlights what needs…

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Mihir at COP28

Mihir was at COP 28 in Dubai to participate on behalf of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a Global movement on encouraging unity among the spiritual traditions and blending…

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Organizational Change Study for Reap Benefit

DESTA worked with Reap Benefit (RB) to conduct a study on how implementing a Team of Teams (ToT) structure in their organization has created impact, both in the desired and…

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Podcast: System Dynamics and Cricket

This episode of Nature Talks, by the students of Natural Resources & Governance at TISS, Hyderabad, offers an engaging exploration of system dynamics, a field of modeling complex systems. It…

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Articles on Climate Change & Systems Thinking

We have published multiple articles over the last 6 months. Most recently, a couple of articles by Kabir highlighting why climate adaptation is the need of the hour and why…

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Developing Groundwater Protocols using System Dynamics

Over the year, we have been using participatory systems thinking and modelling to build a models of groundwater-agriculture-climate linkages in India, partnering with CInI, Sustain+ and ACWADAM. Using participatory modelling,…

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Regenerative Agriculture Program Design

We are working with Raintree Foundation to create a new program around regenerative agriculture. Raintree Foundation is applying systems thinking for end-to-end program design and implementation plan. DESTA has supported Raintree to…

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Synthesizing research on Philanthropy Landscape
Teaching, Development Management, Complexity, Complex Adaptive Systems, Social Change

Synthesizing research on Philanthropy Landscape

We worked with the Center for Social Justice and Philanthropy (CSJP) at ISDM to synthesize their year-long research outcomes on the challenges in philanthropic giving. The work revolved around creating…

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SIT Nepal

Mihir took a workshop on applied systems thinking for international students at the School for International Training, Nepal. This was attended by 10 students from different countries who are working…

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Engaging with Farmer Federations to Adapt Systems ToC

Using systems thinking, we have been soliciting inputs from farmer federations across two geographies on how climate resilience and environmental sustainability can be enhanced through CInI ’s Lakhpati Kisan Program.…

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Kartik joins DESTA

Kartik Bitra joined DESTA as an Associate in June 2023. Kartik has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Product Design. After his education, he pursued India Fellow Social…

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Anshuman goes to Oxford

Anshuman Mruthunjaya, who joined DESTA in April 2021 has secured admission to the Master’s in Public Policy Program at Oxford on a Weidenfeld Hoffman Leadership scholarship, which is global scholarship…

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Climate Pathfinder Series Workshop

DESTA conducted the climate pathfinder series workshop, hosted by AVPN, in Mumbai on the 17th-18th of January 2023. This was the first climate capacity-building program for decision-makers of philanthropic organizations…

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Climate Change Articles in IDR

Mihir and Kabir published articles on climate change at India Development Review as part of their article series that highlights a diverse set of solutions, policy research, and technological innovations…

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Guest Lecture on Systems Thinking and Modelling

Mihir delivered a guest lecture on System Thinking and System Dynamics at PGP-Sustainable Management, IIM Lucknow Noida Campus. Mihir covered various nuances of applying Systems thinking and Modeling to real world systems…

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System Dynamics for Groundwater Protocol Development

DESTA kicked off a collaborative project with partners Sustain+ and ACWADAM to model the interactions between agriculture, groundwater aquifers and agricultural pumps, including solar pumps, and use it to aid…

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DESTA @ COP 27

Mihir was on a panel at the COP 27 event Open Natural Ecosystems for People, Carbon, and Biodiversity hosted by ATREE at the India Pavilion. Mihir presented on application of Systems Thinking…

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Guest Lecture at College of Defence Management

A Guest Lecture of Decision Sciences on 'SYSTEMS THINKING & MODELLING IN REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS' was conducted by Mihir Mathur at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad for HDMC participants.…

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Capacity Building on Systems Thinking

Kabir and Anshuman carried out a capacity building of the team working on food systems at CEEW over 2 days. The sessions covered basic and intermediate tools of systems thinking…

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Systems Thinking Workshop with HCL Foundation

DESTA facilitated a 2-day workshop at HCL Foundation for the leadership teams of its flagship programs HCLSamuday and Clean Noida - HCL Foundation. In the workshop participants explored newer ways of collective thinking…

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Solar Cities Project Kick-Off

DESTA kick-started a collaborative project, funded by GIZ, with EY India and AHAsolar Pvt. Ltd. as consortium partners under the RE Cities / Solar City Programme of the Ministry of…

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Online Course on Systems Thinking and Modeling

DESTA completed its 4th cohort of the online courses on systems thinking and system dynamics modeling covering a total of 30+ participants. Responding to the emerging need, DESTA launched its first…

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Blog Launch

DESTA Launched its blog on Medium to write about the experiences of applying systems thinking and modeling to real world systems. The blog posts cover a range of topics including…

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Modeling Supply Chain of a Healthcare Company

DESTA developed a supply chain simulation model for a healthcare company in India. This model was used to conduct a workshop with their team to assess the type of scenarios…

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Seminar at Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Kabir and Mihir were invited to conduct a seminar at Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation to speak about DESTA's work on systems thinking and the journal paper on climate adjacency. Read…

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Session at CEEW on Climate Change Adjacency, Dec 2021

Kabir and Mihir were invited by CEEW (Council on Energy Environment and Water) to give a talk on the recently published paper, ‘Identifying Climate Adjacency for Enhancing Climate Action Using…

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Journal Paper on Climate Adjacency, Nov 2021

The paper, ‘Identifying Climate Adjacency for Enhancing Climate Action Using Systems Thinking and Modelling’ was published in the journal Systems (MDPI). The paper documents systems stories from four case studies where we applied…

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Guest Lecture at IIM Lucknow (Noida Campus), Dec 2021

Mihir Mathur took two online guest lectures at Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (Noida Campus) for students of Post Graduate Programme in Sustainable Management. The lectures demonstrated applications of systems thinking and system…

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Engagement with Sustain+ on Modeling impacts of Solar Pumps – June 2021
Engagement with Sustain+ on Modeling impacts of Solar Pumps - June 2021

Engagement with Sustain+ on Modeling impacts of Solar Pumps – June 2021

DESTA is working with the team at Sustain+ to develop a systemic understanding of their work on implementing solar pumps in rural villages. How solar pumps would impact the livelihood…

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Identifying Climate Adjacency Report Released- Jan 2021
Identifying Climate Adjacency Report Released- Jan 2021

Identifying Climate Adjacency Report Released- Jan 2021

The report 'Identifying Climate Adjacency: Key findings from four case studies and a synthesis' was released by Rohini Nilekani. The report is an outcome of DESTA's engagement with Rohini Nilekani…

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