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Aparna Piramal Raje

Journalist,
Mint

Mumbai, India

By fusing technology with telepathy, we could simultaneously look to the past and the future to generate solutions to current problems.

In the next 100 years, as natural resources become more expensive, I wonder whether it will be possible to marry human capabilities with modern technology, in order to improve communication and collaboration. I’ve written and created a short animated story about two monks who communicate with each other by fusing technology with telepathy to illustrate how we could simultaneously look to the past and the future to generate solutions to current problems. The storytelling device was a deliberate choice to illustrate how an ancient, and human, medium has been given a new avatar by the internet that I hope will become even more prevalent in the future. In mood and form, my animation is inspired by the children’s graphics for Steelcase 100 Dreams.

Aparna Piramal Raje Bio:

Aparna Piramal Raje is a director of BP Ergo (one of India’s largest office furniture companies) and a thought leader on design and business in India. She writes regularly on design in a business context for Mint, India’s second largest business newspaper, and other publications, including the UK's Financial Times, exploring the value of design to companies, products and spaces. "Head Office," her popular column in Mint, investigates the connection between CEOs’ workspaces and their working styles.

She was previously head of BP Ergo and has also worked with advertising agency Lowe London and UK retailer John Lewis. Aparna completed her MBA from Harvard Business School and studied Economics, Politics and Philosophy at Oxford University. She lives in Mumbai with her husband and young sons.