V. Srinivas is founder and lead researcher at Illumine—a Human-Transformation Design Lab in Mumbai, India. He has spent over 20 years working on the challenge of how individuals, groups, and communities can transform their quality of existence through the transformative and strengthening power of knowledge.
V. Srinivas has spent almost 20 years working on the question of knowledge and how it enables human societies in ways that other resources do not. For about eight years, he was engaged in the formal "craft" of knowledge-construction as co-founder and co-CEO of INFAC (which produced knowledge products in the area of industry research and information).
Subsequently, he became engaged in the "science" of knowledge-construction i.e., how are knowledge products and communications of consistently high standards and effectiveness created and delivered by diversely gifted and motivated workers in a plural society.
This work led to the profound realization that knowledge, in itself, is merely a resource - whether in the form of books, data, or even as recorded insights from those who "knew". Knowledge, to be truly useful and valuable, must be living - alive - in the hearts and minds of men who cope everyday with challenges from a relentlessly transforming and demanding world.
This has led to his present definition of knowledge-construction as an "emergent response" to life's challenges.
Srinivas currently leads the team at Illumine Knowledge Resources, a design lab and consulting firm that sets up design collectives in various institutional and community settings. His research focus of the last few years has been the transformation of the modern workplace into an arena for personal and social evolution.
The work done in Illumine’s design lab is being implemented in large scale initiatives that include citizenship development, community empowerment, and mindset transformation and that reach out to lakhs of people in India.
He is also founded the i-become initiative, which is built on the basic premise that the purpose of a working life is to become, to evolve, to undergo a journey of transformation, contribution, and fulfillment.