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Tarun Khanna, Director of the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute and Jorge Paulo Lemann professor at Harvard Business School, delivered the following TEDx talk in Mumbai in December about SAI’s project on the Kumbh Mela.

A diverse group of scholars and practitioners from Harvard University travelled to the 2013 Kumbh Mela, the largest collection of humanity on the face of the earth, with the idea that this 1400-year-old event could teach us something about contemporary challenges. The lessons learned at the Kumbh Mela and the flexible, minimalist platform that it was set up on, provided practical insights to current challenges around the world, such as the present refugee crisis.