Malima TV show, Episode #5: What nurtures a culture of innovation?

Malima (New Directions in Innovation) is a Sinhala language TV series on science, technology and innovation. This episode (#5 in the series) was produced and first broadcast by Sri Lanka’s Rupavahini TV channel on 8 March 2012.

Produced by Suminda Thilakasena and hosted by science writer Nalaka Gunawardene, this episode features: A wide-ranging interview with Dr Ajantha Dharmasiri on the wider societal and economic factors that nurture a culture of innovation. We discuss bigger picture questions such as:
• Are Asians less imaginative and innovative?
• How can inventors become entrepreneurs too?
• What inspires and sustains technological and social innovation?
• What can parents and teachers do to support inventive children?

Dr Dharmasiri is a Senior Faculty Member and a Management Consultant attached to the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He has over two decades of both private and public sector working experience in diverse environments including Unilever and Nestle. He has engaged in consultancies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and is a regular columnist for Daily FT newspaper in Sri Lanka. More at:

Malima: Episode 5 presented by Nalaka Gunawardene from Nalaka Gunawardene on Vimeo.

Author: Nalaka Gunawardene

A science writer by training, I've worked as a journalist and communication specialist across Asia for 30+ years. During this time, I have variously been a news reporter, feature writer, radio presenter, TV quizmaster, documentary film producer, foreign correspondent and journalist trainer. I continue to juggle some of these roles, while also blogging and tweeting and column writing.

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