Act promptly, Save life – Piyush Tiwari – Founder, Save life foundation @ Indialogues

Piyush Tiwari, founder, Save Life foundation

Piyush Tiwari, founder, Save Life foundation

Piyush is the Founder & Managing Trustee of the Save Life Foundation. Ever since the death of his cousin Shivam Bajpai in a road accident in year 2007, Piyush has been working to establish a network of like-minded individuals and institutions to achieve his goal of reducing the mortality rate on Indian roads. Piyush is a graduate from University of Delhi and works with the Calibrated Group, a US-based private equity fund, as the head of its India business. Prior to joining Calibrated Group, Piyush was involved in setting-up and managing the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a public-private partnership between the Government of India and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The Save LIFE Foundation (SLF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on enabling Bystander Care, the immediate care that Police and public can provide emergency victims, especially those of road accidents, to enhance their chances of survival. Bystander Care will continue to play a key role in saving lives given the massive traffic congestion across most Indian cities, which hinder quick movement of EMS vehicles.

Over the past 2 years, Save LIFE has trained over 2500 Police first-responders in Delhi leading to a significant enhancement in survival rate of accident victims due to administration of basic emergency care to victims. Their immediate goal is to establish a community based and community driven emergency response service that will see over 8000 public volunteers in Delhi being trained in Basic Trauma Life Support skills, connected through a call centre so that they can be mobilized as first-responders in the event of a medical emergency, especially road accidents.

This morning, while on my way to this talk, I met with this situation – Scooter towing a car with 20mtr long rope. Someone went in between…and we had to rush the youth to a hospital!!

Road accidents – Nation loses 18 people every hour in road accidents, world No. 1 in road accident deaths. It is an epidemic with the high economic implications –

– no rules
– no post care
– not bothered
– bad design

Why are the accidents so high? Categorized into four blocks –

– No licensing, no training
– No civic enforcement
– Road design and engineering

  • Road user conflict
    o Largest and smallest non motorized on same lane
  • – Lack of post accident care

  • Not getting care in the golden period
  • This situation is unacceptable..what do you do about it?

    Road accident victim… why people don’t help

    – people are afraid of police harassment

    So SAVE LIFE established in 2008 – challenges

    – fractured system both legally and

    Middle part of the chain is what we wanted to target

    – Help on the road immediately
    – Police or any help vehicle
    – Advanced care immediately

    Can we start with educating and training police personnel?

    The first target we approached the police commissioner. Delhi has 650 vans. We want to train the 3000 personal, on basic trauma save support. In 3 months we trained them. In 2008, the survival rate of police was 71%. Post the training the reports show survival rate went up to 93%. That was only because there are many who were handling the basic three things very well.

    We have got the request to train 4500 more personnel from police. NSG commandoes after 26/11?

    How do we get people to involve more people like you and me? Can we do something? How do we get Delhi, to nominate citizen volunteers?

    Any one who is trying to help road accident victims will not be harassed. We have now 8500 potential volunteers from Delhi Police. We are in the process are training them in basic trauma support and we plan to connect them. One of the big criteria called mobility..

    Technology solution …
    · call the four digit number..
    · call center conveys the info all volunteers about where the accident happened…
    · press 1 to accept and reach the spot to give basic relief…
    · police will then move within the 15 minutes of providing the basic trauma..

    We have created a parallel system from govt where community service is playing a great role.

    · In rural thane this project is being implemented – Vasai and Kharghar blocks, you will see boards and action in Navi Mumbai.

    · We have taken community combined technology, healthcare and volunteerism.

    · We are encouraging cities, towns and communities to adopt the model to execute in the city.

    · Strength of this model lies in Rural India far more, since the big medical centers are far away, almost three hours.

    A few challenges that we face in design is…

    a. Spine boards – fibre glass spine board costs 98K rupees. Throwing a challenge to develop a low cost spine board, I will make sure that I will sell 1mn of these. We need to give dignity to people and to make them survive with working spine.
    b. I went to Harvard leadership program on health. Indian designers have better skills to make low cost version for India
    c. How to pull someone stuck inside the car without harming him or her.

    SaveLife foundation, A-316, Ansal chambers –


    Valerie K C – Founder, Designer Accord @ Indialogues, India’s TED

    Valerie K C founder Designer Accord at Indialogues

    Valerie K C founder Designer Accord at Indialogues

    Valerie Casey speaks globally on systems thinking, cultural change, and sustainability, and is an Adjunct Professor in the graduate design program at CCA. She holds a master’s degree in cultural theory and design from Yale University and a BA from Swarthmore College.

    As a consultant with companies, start-ups, and governments all over the world, she works on challenges ranging from creating new products and services, to transforming organizational processes and leaders like Microsoft, Samsung, Cisco, and Johnson & Johnson, among others, have sought out her expertise to tackle their design and innovation challenges. Before starting her own practice, Casey held executive leadership positions at the most respected design companies in the world.

    Casey is the founder of the Designers Accord based in Cleveland ,OH, the global design coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders focused on creating positive social and environmental impact, founded in 2007, and through her leadership, it has grown to be one of the most influential organizations in the design world.

    As globally recognized designer and innovator, she was named a “Guru” of the year by Fortune magazine, a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and a “Master of Design” by Fast Company. She was also selected as one of the “World’s Most Influential Designers” by Businessweek, and named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum.

    Twenty years ago, I came to India by ship! This time I am having the next dinner in India.

    I am a designer – and love to make use of common things like cell phone, software, food for a better world.

    For example, designing a diaper for toilet training. Potty training – sensor that tingles the child when the child will start wetting diaper; It started me thinking what we need to do to use our craft; Disposable diapers take 500 years, sensor will create toxic output. These are the questions that came to my mind.

    In 2007, I started a global coalition that works for a better world, called Designers Accord – DA. It struck a chord. Several 100 thousand designers from across the country participate in the designer accord. It is counter-intuitive. It is trying to help people to collaborate, trust, asking for help. Encourage –

    –         Dialogue

    –         Leveraging the capabilities of members to solve challenges

    The guiding principles are –

    1. Individual responsibility – educating on sustainability
    2. Educating people about sustainability for co-creation and collaboration

    My journey with Designer Accord has given me five most important learnings –

    Learning 1: 21st century challenges will not be solved with 20th century models.

    –         What materials to use for greener products? We feel the discussions are narrow to begin with. The wealth accumulation and distortion… An alternative view of the world (wealth map). This cannot continue

    Learning 2: Creativity is powerful (and it makes people really nervous)

    –         CIO survey that happens every year by IBM, 1500 CEOs from across 67 countries

    a.       Creativity is the most important thing that is needed in navigating the current world

    1. Bias against creativity has emerged in the last few years
    2. People thinking out-of-box are actually maligned, passed over for promotions
    3. Bias against creativity is very similar to racist and feminist;

    Learning 3: complex problems are solved by networks and not people

    955mn people around the world go hungry; while 40% of food is wasted while the food production is being asked to be increased by 50% to meet the challenges

    a.       Restaurants, super markets and homes in developed world

    b.      Developing countries – harvesting to moving for safer places is a challenge

    c.       It is about agri policy, water, retention;

               All these at the heart of these challenges

    Learning 4: Everything exists within a system

    o       We need to have deep appreciation for the systems orientation

    o       There is a consequence for every thing we do and every thing we do not do

    o       That is not my responsibility or I am not responsible for… every thing we do has impact

    Learning 5: Think differently

    • Water pump goes like a merry go round… we need water pumps.. it is one of the biggest failures..
    • When we focus on needs that are needed we may miss the opportunities
    • The great disruption

    Every industry is going through transtion.

    • Products ————————–> services
    • Fiscal cycle ———————> Then new normal
    • Formal Education ————-> Socially created knowledge
    • Mobile phones ——————> Mobile internet
    • Individual purchase ————> collaborative consumption

    A fascinating document that is internal one, whole DNA of Apple.. ..

    –         Deeply empathetic

    –         Focussed – edit out all other things, to deliver that one thing flawlessly

    –         Branding – flawlessly, precisely,

    Perceptions and reality are one and the same…

    Our problem is usually operationalizing the ideas. How do we put the ideas in action and scale them. We should not depend on government funding. That age is over. It is completely the process thing. It is the least sexy things. It is all about systems

    Does it make sense to push the R&D? No correlation between investment in R&D and innovation. We need to focus on giving simple tools to bring about simple solutions

    Education and arts are same. Why are they not same? A while ago I heard the argument -one to the brain and one to the heart. It is a flawed one.

    We need better choice architecture – We need to have ways to find solutions and resolve issues in a sustainable manner.

    Choice architecture necessitates ownership. We need to make it participatory – Individual consumption to societal trends – You need to show off, that is the mindset

    China has jumped from 7th largest economy in the world to 2nd economy. China has 10% luxury goods consumed in the world. Where are they coming from?

    DA: Can we include buyers of designs..

    We thought of phasing DA out by 5 years. Since it may not be relevant any more. It will be changing. Museum accord and travel accord have happened from DA. It is a network, away from the public view.

    India’s Quest for Olympic Golds – Geet Sethi @ In’dialogues’ – India’s TED

    Geet Sethi, eight time world billiards champion - founder OGQ

    Geet Sethi, eight time world billiards champion - founder OGQ

    Born in Delhi on April 17, 1961, Sethi’s precocious talent blossomed when he shifted to Ahmedabad at a young age. Geet Sethi startled billiards aficionados when he defeated the mercurial Michael Ferreira to win the National senior title in 1982. Carrying on the good work, he won the IBSF World Billiards Championship in 1985 by defeating Bob Marshal in a marathon 8-hour long final. He went on to win an amazing nine world titles – five World Professional, three IBSF World Billiards Championships and one IBSF World Team Snooker Championship. In a tribute to his achievements, the nation has conferred on him some of its most prestigious awards – Padma Shri (1986), Arjuna Award (1986) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (1992-93).

    The Indian sporting legends Geeth Sethi and Prakash Padukone, and their belief in India’s Sport potential, gave rise to the program called Olympic Gold Quest. Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) is a program of the Foundation for Promotion of Sports and Games which is committed to bridging the gap between the best athletes in India and the best athletes in the world thus helping Indian athletes to win Olympic Gold medals. OGQ endeavors to create a level playing field for Indian athletes to enable them to be competitive at the highest level of sport.

    Geet Sethi is also author of Success vs. Joy, an Inspirational book on Mind Control.

    I wonder why I have been called to address Indialogues. I see most of the speakers here have been to an IIT, IIM or NID. The nearest I went to IIT was when I played national billiard championship organized in IITD a couple of decades ago and to NID when I was dating a girl, Kiranbir, who was a student then and now my partner in life.

    I will talk about, Olympic gold quest (OGQ) – an endeavour to get support from Indians all over to support talent that can get India gold at Olympics.

    In 1998, or the first time Billiards was included in Asian Games. Till then as a professional, I was playing for myself. For the first time I got an opportunity to represent the nation. I was delighted. As part of Indian contingent I headed to Bangkok – 435 strong contingent to Bangkok of which 262 were officials only 180 odd athletes!! That is the skew!

    For the first time, I witnessed from very close quarters, complete lack of any kind of involvement by the federations and government. Athletes were treated with no dignity. Imagine the youngsters with dream in their eyes, pride to be nation’s flag bearers!!

    I came back from Bangkok, disappointed and disillusioned, about the way sportsmen treated in our nation. Wrote a lot, came on TV, lashed out at IOA and Kalmadi. In 2000, I went to Sydney Olympics. I saw despair in every eyes except for a few like Leander, Mahesh, Karnam Malleswari etc who have done well in their life; rest of the athletes were treated shabbily and had no confidence. They have not practiced, nor built up for the occasion, have no shoes, no kit. What did the federation and government do?

    I thought – “am I going to write more articles, however emotional or articulate?” In the flight, the idea of OGQ was sown. I must do something rather than shout, I thought. I took immediate flight to Bangalore and met one of India’s greatest athlete, Prakash Padukone, 1981 all England champion. Prakash was delighted at the Idea and bought over the idea. Kept on meeting every six months, but nothing happened. Not aware of how to go about. Where to get money? How?

    Then met two gentlemen one day, entrepreneurs, Shitin Desai and Ramnath, and shared my idea of OGQ and told them that I want to raise funds from Indians around the world. Within three seconds of my sharing, these two people wrote cheques of 25 lakhs each!! Soon Neeraj Bajaj, Neeraj Bharadwaj and many more gave the much needed push with their contributions

    Then we pulled in Viren Rasquinha as CEO. Viren was the captain of Indian Olympic Hockey team. While he was captain, and young, he went to Indian School of Business (ISB). Now we have 4-5 people team, like Vaibhav Tandon, working fully.

    Over 200 athletes, monitored daily from all sports. Whenever we find consistent performance and growth, we pick them up to mentor and facilitatate.

    I have seen a shift in the government as a run up to CWG. They gave huge money to athletes to train to perform. I hope the trend continues. But there is a dire need to invest intelligently and efficiency.

    Saina Nehwal, latest Badminton star, after every match needs a physiotherapist, to relax her. She trains with Gopichand (Another All England champion). We hired a personal physiotherapist, who travels all the time. Costs may be $10000 every year, but that gives the immense push to Saina.

    Similarly, a 20 year old, promising Nanao Singh, Boxer broke his thumb while practicing at SAI, Patiala. His coaches told him to go to ‘nature healers’. We would have completely lost him, but for the timely medical intervention we were able to provide. Now he is back and has qualified for London Olympics.

    We need to support and have mental trainers for Luka, a very promising athlete at PT Usha school. She gets trained overseas and funds provided for that

    We have short listed six sports – Shooting, Athletics, Boxing, Baddy, Wrestling, Archery – for supporting in the first phase of OGQ, looking at the potential we as a nation have to gain medals.

    A few of the medal hopefuls that we have under our wings are –

    Mary Kom – 5 Time world boxing champ
    – After two world boxing championships under her belt, she took a break for marriage
    – After delivering twins, within a couple of months she started to gear up again
    – In seven years, she has not lost a single bout

    Gagan Narang – 4 golds in CWG
    – 10 meter world rifle world champion

    Saina Nehwal –
    – Joke in the baddy circles is that it is Saina Vs China

    Usha School of Athletics –
    – 19 athletes in her school – Tintoo Luka (800)

    Many more including Tejaswni, Annu raj singh, Sagun chowdhary, Rakesh Manpat, Sanjeev Rajput, Vijay kumar, Omkar…

    We want to support 100 olympic medal potential athletes by 2016.

    For example, young 16 year old PV Sindhu in baddy – If you look at her progression – ranked 240 in the world in March 2011 and has reached 46th by October, since our involvement in the last six months.

    It takes just 6 grams of Gold to lift the worth of a Nation. Only prime minister or President can do what a GOLD Winning athlete can do – Get the national flag hoisted in an alien land!!

    Why only cricket gets that attention – money and exposure happened only recently…

    Sportsmen do not have anything against cricket.

    In every country a team sport has a manic following. It brings the public together as a nation. Cricket in India is managed and market it effectively. They have done a great job.

    The alarming part of the skew – 99.9 to .1 that is the skew.. Only way is to get Indians perform in other sports. Anand has done a remarkable contribution to chess. Sania, Leander and Mahesh have done to tennis. If we have consistence performance then we will change the skew..

    Riding on success, why not have a cricketer on the board to get greater attention?

    We have been brainstorming about it for a few years now. You will see it happen very soon

    Not govt, but private enterprise can bring the change. What are the challenges?
    Viren works closely with federations, ministry. We are making an attempt to work with them. Compliment their efforts. Bureaucracy by nature is slow and inefficient. When Gagan does not get a ticket in hand till 5pm for a 10pm flight, we step in and get him on air.

    We go out of our way to work with federations and SAI. I raise about Rs 2.5 crores every year. I will need about Rs 40 crores for supporting 100 athletes. I was surprised to find there are many people who are obsessed with sports. There are many people who are making it happen. People like Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is always ready!

    I want to make this into a movement. I want people to give just 10 rupees a month. Reaching out to masses is the challenge.

    You see partially developed talent and take them under your wings. What way do you go about identifying talent.

    We keep talking about it. Three years into operations. Young organization. We want to go to grassroot level. We need more partners. Tie-up at organizational level and also fund is needed. We will head there.

    In’dialogues’ – Indias TED : Challenges for a classical Artist. – Geeta Chandran, dancer

    Padmashree Geeta Chandran, danseuse par excellence

    Padmashree Geeta Chandran, danseuse par excellence

    I come from a background that touches soul. In India culture is the identity. I represent the classical arts, not just dance. It includes music, theatre…

    Journey has been extremely rich. I have been into performing arts for the last 40 years. In the last 10 years there has been transformation in expectation.

    I see it as a journey to enhance, enrich and widen the canvas, influence youngster – national and international. These two have happened simultaneously. We should think beyond preserving the ancient. It should be seen as aesthetic and portent way of influencing the young minds.

    Most of the dancers or performers coming today are not born into it, as was the case earlier. They are taking it as a choice. Arts are usually seen as just appendage. We are neglecting the formation an all round personality.

    Coming from a family that is middle class, education was important. Though I was excelling in maths, I chose to get into arts in complete manner.

    When I began, there were two concerns. People watched dance but not got beyond. It is very important to demystify. Most feel that it is not easy – rejection even before being informed. Just a feeling that classical is heavy.

    So, I played around with language, presentation, costumes, technology, lights as choreographic devices. Bringing dance into intellectual discourse etc.

    Any amount of talking cannot compensate the demonstration. How do you do it?

    Dancing Nataraja – it decorates the foyers, adorns various presentations. Geeta went on to demonstrate on a compelling narrative on Nataraja and dance.

    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change
    Indialogues - India future of Change

    Change is inevitable. Values are eternal, not trendy. Strength of classical is being very dynamic, not static; It is played around, relevant to time and space you are in, and take it forward that is unique to yourself.

    How are we going to move into the future, keeping and respecting our culture?

    We need to keep our roots,… .yet acquire wings to move with time and be part off the international community, where the world is one and share common heritage.

    I would like to share two things –

    1. Do not view classical as inherited and cannot be taken ahead.
    2. It is a great communication tool to address issues like war, female feticide, education, ..
    1. New narratives can be evolved to say things aesthetically

    The current architecture on display is painful, not doled out aesthetically; with such a rich heritage that are so much part and parcel

    Q & A

    Comment – Education and arts – linking both together; Education is more about mind and intellect – selflessness and helping others… Mind and heart

    Envisaging and delivering – Challenges. We need to flexible

    A lot of this is in the realms hearsay… When we look at the future, even which is unknown.. How do you take one unknown into another unkown?

    Arts will always remain in the realm of unknown. It is codified yet not codified. It will remain like that. Grammar will remain, but how do you take it and interpret it is the challenge.

    Next generation will have greater challenges. We need to create spaces to explore the fullest. We see it as a performing. Child does so many things that – from body, esthetics, facial, eyes, communication, understanding the society, incorporate the happenings around…

    Cathartic, spiritual, expressive… still so much to be explored..

    We are not expecting people to follow the art form… Do we have opportunity in future because..

    Exposure in schools is not happening. In India we do not encourage. We should integrate art forms around into school education curriculum.. How do we bring it to make it happen is the key. Once we start doing it, we can integrate more and more audiences.

    The Sixth Sense – In(dian)geniousness

    It was in the month of March 2009, when one of my friends, a rare one in the world of education, Tushar Tamhane, shared this video in our education conference ‘PRAVAAL’, I was taken aback to see the ingenuity of a young Indian, who from his school days has been thinking differently. Inspite of our education system, Pranav Mistry a boy born and brought up in Gujarat, managed to be steadfast in his thoughts and went on to give shape to his imagination is a tribute in itself to his personal vision and passion.

    The SIXTH SENSE TED video that I saw then was this. Which was presented by his boss at MIT media labs, Pattie Maes.

    This november when Pranav made the presentation at TED India in Mysore, I realized his Vision of reaching out this SIXTH SENSE to the masses.

    As he shares, the impact of merging the physical and digital world can be enormous. Human beings so passionate about expressions and actions can move beyond the confines of desks, break the barriers of literacy. It will be a function of imagination and nothing else. Imagine what it can do to a farmer in any corner of the world, who can read his mother tongue, or can recognize symbols, by just the touch of his fingures, he would know about the weather, pricing, the moisture, the soil fertility etc. How a child can explore the world with touch and feel. How an extension of this technology can enable a physically challenged person to perform extraordinary things just with his thoughts….

    I am still thinking about the wildest of the things I can extend this technology to and how to put this to use. I am certainly looking for the evolution of this over the next decade. The raise and raise of popularity of the internet and technology evolution in the last decade has added so much to our life, I am wondering what the world will be in 2020 with technologies like SIXTH SENSE around.

    Jai Ho !

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