Climate Tech is awaiting the Model T moment as no amount of adaptation will work unless it is as convenient as an app. The approach which the knowledge broker’s aka consultants is anchored in compliance and performance rather than anticipatory and predictive. The community lens is the LCM in the just transition paradigm. ESG is an ethics filter and has its utility in risk mapping for sustainable finance.
Month: August 2022
A Battle Against Forgetting.
To keep a sense of belonging and a sense of place once one has lost ‘home’ not once but twice is a challenge which transforms into a habitus, of resistance, and against forgetting.
A Cricket Game After Years
Saras Che on the win. After watching my first cricket game on TV in years especially as it was in Ad Dubayy was something not usually noted by Gulf South Asia Watchers, as Jay Bhai and Pankaj Khimji in a Dishdasha were cheering each boundary by Jadeja and Pandya. Amdavad and Muscat and Dubai and by extension Delhi are pretty close.
Shatter The Silence.
A common refrain which i have heard about my writing and research for a variety of target audiences is that it is activist, and yes, we articulate ideas to push the envelope, create avenues of listening where there are one. It is about moving the needle, thinking about possibilities which are snuffed by the mundane quotidian. Not all writing takes place to fill a ‘literature gap’, as lived experiences of communities are not merely data for your h index.
Fortunately, there are spaces of digital dialogue that are emerging, so one cannot be silenced anymore or cancelled. I cannot be cancelled, as there are other sides to the story.
One ludicrous observation i have come across while mentoring younger professionals is the fashionable urge to invest without having the ability to earn that sum needed to cover the basics first, and then think of investing. It is not a fad; money is serious stuff.
The Dining Table
I have been thinking of the role of domestic spaces such as the quotidian dining table which doubles as my workspace as a startup guy in these new worlds of work. In the era of remote WFH era, personal spaces are nodes of transnational circulation as real estate in Mumbai comes at a premium. The everyday infrastructures of the platform economy are considered as connected devices such as the Wi-Fi broadband or the laptop but not the inanimate table which is the site of the edible and of conversation. More attention needs to be paid to the global geographically sticky workforce which does operate out of ‘place’.
How has the rhythms of everyday change with remote work? As a consultant, remote is a boon, however the place does have implications.
India at 75 : Some Thoughts
This Azaadi Weekend, there are many more freedoms to achieve such as economic and that freedom is a starting point for a journey rather than an ossified ritual. Let Bharat or Hindustan have many articulations, as diversity is not a weakness. We have survived as we are decentralized, fragmented federal state as each state is on a different trajectory of evolution, some are dependent upon international diasporas such as Kerala and Punjab, others have internal circulations such as Bihar.
We are excellent at survival, the pandemic being a brilliant case study as we think on the scale of the family for sustenance. It is not a miracle that we have not been balkanized, as we are designed to fight. Some outliers are global standards, but we need to build benchmarks. Let’s make it happen in the next 75 years!
Writing the Self
Writing is enriching when there are no ROIs to extract or CVs to manufacture. The key impulse is to excavate the erased histories that do not fit within neat frames of the politics of knowledge production. Do not write when one has nothing much to say. Writing is about the self.
The sense of being mortal outside the OPD in a hospital is a reminder of the myriad challenges which human lives navigate. The basics remain the same, the optics on Insta are a jarring contrast if not an escape mechanism from the pathos of the moment.
New Ways, Old Routes.
The variegated geographies of #decarbonisation will map the power hierarchies of the day, some regions will be hubs and leaders making the pivot from hydrocarbons as the infrastructure of production is available, such as Singapore and Norway with the talent to transition.