Societal Model

Priya Ajmera

The Societal Model reflects the ingredients of successful social movements: restoring the agency of people, bringing diverse co-creators together and weaving vibrant networks around a shared vision. 

November 22, 2022

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Towards a New Equilibrium

Sanjay Purohit

Which  simple, convenient and universal changes must we induce such that the current undesirable equilibrium transforms to a more desirable  steady state? How can we use our newfound technological capabilities to make such transformations scalable and viable? How can we find ways to nurture an ecosystem of innovators who can help  people embrace this change?

November 15, 2022

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What’s your Zero?

Anand Rajan

Zero is a foundational building block. It represents the lack of anything and is the starting point from which all things can be created.

October 31, 2022

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We all know life is all about making choices. From what to do and where to live to if or not to eat that last sweet for lunch. Some choices, of course, are harder to make than others. Some bigger, for us and than us. Shanti has made the right choices. Or, made choices and made them right. 

October 25, 2022

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I sat next to Maya Welch, Impact Lead at Healing Fields Foundation. Under a big banyan tree, Maya and I spoke about our lives and the work we do. In her, I could sense a will to imagine and believe in achieving what some would think as naive but I consider audaciously optimistic

October 17, 2022

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To solve social problems at scale, solvers would need to develop both the eagle and the ant’s point of view, and  shift between the two. The eagle’s view offers a colourful and wide picture to find their ‘why’. The ant’s view reveals the context of diverse problems, the right leverage point to solve them locally and gives solvers the pathway to find their ‘what’.  

September 27, 2022

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Shared Digital Infrastructure is an important aspect of making sure that extremely desirable changes in the Indian State move from “too big to solve”, “too difficult to do” and “we can’t do it in 24 months” to a feasible proposition.

August 16, 2022

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“Even when we act as representatives of the state or the market, we do not forgo our rights and duties as citizens. When we leave our places of work, we return home as citizens, as members of the public, as humans in a collective. All individuals, regardless of their position in the current power structure, need to belong to a society in which they can exercise agency and freedom, and thrive in the association of other citizens.”

August 12, 2022

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Reimagining the State as an organisation

Dr. Santhosh Mathew

Anjali Hans

I believe that improving governance in India rests on reimagining the State as an organisation — thinking about its systems and processes, how it manages data, funds, recruitment, personnel management, and  training — and the impact these have on public officials and citizens. 

August 10, 2022

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The phrase ‘data is the new oil’ has now become a familiar phrase. While it has been in use for almost a decade, its implications are now clear for all to see as data informs more and more of government and civil society decision-making as well as businesses. Now more than ever, conversations around data policies are gaining relevance in the mainstream.

June 16, 2022

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