Thursday, August 30, 2007

young india chapter welcome meeting

I attended the second session/meeting after the inspiring lecture on social entrepreneurship by a lady speaker yesterday.
The discussions were on the usual lines and the focus seems to be more on processes,evaluation criteria and what has to be updated to mentor etc.,
I shifted the focus by giving an example. The builders create the mock flat first to interest the audience before constructing the building. Only then they proceed with the construction. On the same lines we need to pick a few ideas and get people involvement on the same and then build the platform.
The problem with the masses is that they need something to hold on to, something they can relate to and something from which they source their inspiration and in this case it should be the idea that all of us can cling on to and identify with.
We are here participating to build a entrepreneur platform that has a social angle. Unless you have a cause that you personally feel strongly about you can not involve yourself much. The social issues have forced us to participate in this kind of a platform. This must have been envisioned by people who wanted the root of social change to be initiated by the young indian who is disturbed by state of his society and who wants to contribute back and enhance the status of his fellow youths who are simply there because most of them did not have the opportunity to allow themselves for a better life.
Some one mentioned that if we push the people so much then they would say "go to hell" we have passion but we do not have the time and so we will not want to participate in this platform. I said passion will take you through hell and get things done if you are claiming it is passion. At that moment I strongly felt that we are not here for baby-sitting to caress and nurture people to go along rather I was using my words like spear to nudge people into action. The intentions are dedicated to a cause and cause alone and hopefully there will not be personal casualties. I am here for action and test a platform with live example and make it robust so that it last. I believe both activities are essential when you build new, the idea and the framework that checks and controls and guides the idea.

I guess people join a forum because they have an urge to act and respond to social causes. And if their is no perceptible motion they may individually pursue their act through whatever alternative medium that they might find suitable. So it is very important to hold them on with an idea that also touches their heart. VC and funding can come later but the people should first be prepared and build the belief that "yes!! this is what I want". The collective excitement should pull you through. To some this excitement can cause fear and it can agitate some but as long as the nerves are active the trigger would be active and will enforce action.
Mostly this excitement dies for various reasons and most often it is lack of follow-up activities/action in continuum. The drag looks like a dam and the watery emotions simply decide to flow elsewhere in direction of another turbine as they believe that this turbine is rusted and will be wasted in inter-personal issues.
Passion crosses inter-personal issues and simply shows you the vision created by the cause that you are aligning yourself with. And in a forum that cause can be shared by multiple people who utilize the tools of social networking to identify,resolve and pursue for the betterment of the society. As humans we are social animal and today it would be the social chaos that will cause social change. Therefore please throw the ideas to forum and let the chorus decide and move on.

I have my self-doubts that is this the right medium for my self-expression. I always have, everyone has doubts that will steer them away whenever they start something new or want to do something unique. I hope that the passion that forces me to believe that even I can cause a social change and have an impact on the society to which I have been a passive observer so far should last beyond these self-doubts.
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