Reimagining Environmental Governance: Unpacking the ‘Black Box’

Introduction: Sustainability is an oxymoron, as even seasoned professionals vaguely understand it and casually quote a definition from 1987 Brundtland Report. Sustainable development is understood to be different aspects to disparate stakeholders. The context is the kingmaker. Every geographic reality will have unique demands. Environmental, Social and Economic Strands are deeply intertwined in ways more … More Reimagining Environmental Governance: Unpacking the ‘Black Box’

Interrogating the ‘idea of a new India’

The Idea of the ‘New India’ has to be unpacked, into its aspirations, desires and limitations. This New India is unabashedly Hindu, high on growth and increasingly assertive. The Idea of India was the title of a 1997 seminal work by Prof Sunil Khilnani, an India Scholar, which has entered the popular lexicon encapsulating the … More Interrogating the ‘idea of a new India’

Re-thinking Development Work in Singapore

Some thoughts after a decade of a deep friendship with Singapore: After having volunteered and consulted with a few non profits and social enterprises in Singapore, I understand that the intent is heart warming but the expansion into the ‘greater diasporic hinterland’ is rife with errors, with too little time spent in the communities. Not … More Re-thinking Development Work in Singapore

Non Profits as Innovation Incubators

Fund Raising is the common concern of start ups and nonprofits. I guess Innovation should be another core strand in that aesthetic. Any venture which is innovative, is not in alignment with the existing structures of commerce and social constructs. Aggregators have clicked because of the convenience it renders to the consumer. They are connectors, … More Non Profits as Innovation Incubators

Quoted in Forbes series on Demonetization again

Thanks to Wade Shepard, i was quoted in the Forbes series on Demonetization again. As Monishankar Prasad, a New Delhi-based author who is currently traveling India researching the on-the-ground impact of the demonetization phenomenon pointed out: The unbanked and informal economy is hard hit. The poor do not have the access to structural and cultural resources … More Quoted in Forbes series on Demonetization again

Conversation on Digital Disruption with an Auto Wallah

I was sadly stuck in a terrible traffic snarl today in an auto rickshaw, where I decide to ignite a chat in Bhojpuri infected Hindi. The crux of the conversation was to understand the adaptation of the non digital auto wallah, against their smart phone connected counterparts in OLA or Uber. The auto wallah said, … More Conversation on Digital Disruption with an Auto Wallah

Tech Hype Cycles : A Quick Thought

For industry peers, especially fresh grads buying into the current Big Data/AI/Machine Learning hype cycle, partially underway, at a very macro level (as technologies take time to permeate through institutional structures, cultures and need to switch personal behaviour as per the Social Construction of Technology thesis and other technology diffusion frameworks) that Big Data, is … More Tech Hype Cycles : A Quick Thought

New Work Rules for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy

Start ups are serious engines of economic progress. They hire in a recession and lend neighborhoods a good vibe. There are people investing their lives, and especially their youth on an idea. They are not places to get your pre MBA work ex. These are not places for folks with no risk appetite. The era … More New Work Rules for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy