Dr. Wagner has identified what he calls a "global achievement gap," which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future:
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
- Agility and adaptability
- Initiative and entrepreneurialism
- Effective oral and written communication
- Accessing and analyzing information
- Curiosity and imagination
Genesis is the annual B plan competition on social entrepreneurship. It is being organized by the Entrepreneurship Cell of IITM every year, since 2008.
This year, from a 100 plus entries, 8 teams were shortlisted and were pitted against each other on September 16, 2012. The top two teams bags a cash prize of 4 lakhs.
This blog post is about the B plans presented by the teams.
ISIS – Skill development center
ISIS is a training center for the rural youth to make them employable in their own home land. The Krishnagiri based Skill development center focuses its training mainly on banking, IT sector and is planning to expand as a Business process Management. They also improve the student’s communication skills and soft skills during the training. In addition to that they conduct soft skills development program for various colleges.
The main objective of making the rural youth stay in their own home land is not possible. It’s mainly because of the current market trend in the rural area.
Project Kayakalp – Pulling the strings of change
A student body supported by SIFE community , Project Kayakalp is trying to empower the artist who live in poverty because of their lost art form. They are currently focusing on raising the standard of living of the Rajasthani puppeteers.
The Kayakalp team works in a very structured manner by identifying the puppeteers who are economically backward and giving them expert training in their art form. Because of this training the puppeteers are able to add entertainment quotient to their already existing art form and hence making it more attractive and profitable. Through effective marketing, using puppets with fancy costumes, theme based puppet shows the puppeteers are getting more and more visibility.
As a proof of the above statements the team stated that the Rajasthani puppeteers have successfully completed 7 shows and are going strong.
Even during the off season the team Kayakalp helps the puppeteers in keeping themselves busy either by enhancing their skills or by teaching the kids the art of puppetry there by inculcating an interest for puppetry in the younger generation.
Unique of its kind the team is working on TB cure. This is different from the existing ones as it will increase the immunity of our body from the TB causing bacteria rather than directly attacking the bacteria and flushing it out of the system. It’s done by injecting the antibody to the hen. The eggs of the hen produce the substance with additional immunity from the bacteria responsible for TB. It is then processed and transported for consumption.
This is an on going experiment if successful will result in a low cost and high quality drug for TB cure. The side effects of this cure is something which we will have to look into.
With three teams done and three more to go we broke for lunch.
It’s a venture on treating pathological and infectious waste. It’s a cost effective method which uses the MATE technology.
It was the first session post lunch and i was in the mood for a siesta. so I was unable to cover much about this venture.
Swasthabharat – Health For All
If a lot can happen over coffee, a lot more can happen over a mobile phone. Swasthabharat presented a simple sms based multilingual app for diabetes. As India is the country with high number of diabetic patients and Chennai being the diabetic capital of India, there is a need to create awareness on diabetes.
This app is a set of 20 questionnaire which has to be answered. Based on the response the risk level of diabetes for the patient is found. Apart from that it gives alerts on banned drugs. Swasthabharat is also collaborating with Asha for the TB cure.
A 6 month free trial subscription is given initially. Later if the patient is willing to continue, the paid subscription model for the specific service will be provided.
It’s a waste management company which converts the waste into environment friendly solutions. Waste Management happens in a series of steps:
Waste Audit → Solution Design → System set up → Awareness → Operation and Maintenance of the plant.
Their unique value proposition is that they give the whole package of waste management. The team is currently working on building new models which can be placed on the roof top or parking space.
They also have a dry waste collection unit which collects huge volumes of paper from big companies and educational institutions and recycle them and return the recycled products.
When questioned about the non degradable plastic which cannot be recycled he quoted “ Those type of plastic will be converted into sheets and will be used for various purposes. In fact plastics are better than paper, if handled properly. If we have to convert all the plastic material into Eco friendly material then we will be cutting more and more tress. That will do more harm than good”.
The team is operating currently in Mumbai. As it has a huge scope for scalability, the judges suggested on expanding the current system through franchise model.
With that the final presentation for the event was over.
The winner of the event was sampurnEarth.
Its focus was on solving the pain point in India today which is the waste management. The scope for scalability and demand for such project is huge. Projects like these will lead to a cleaner and greener India.
The runners up was Kayakalp. For the remarkable presentation and perfectly synchronized talk the team truly deserved it.
The Third place was a tie between the other 3 teams (excluding ISIS).
Kudos to the Organizing Team of Genesis for making this event a success.
Kevin Allocca from you tube shares us the key ingredients which makes a video viral.
- Taste makers
- Active participation
This is an interesting watch as he shows us the stats on videos go viral.
I wonder which category the kolaveri song comes under.
Tavi Gevinson is a teenage girl who is figuring out what it is like to be a feminist and what makes a strong female character.
She started a website related to fashion and invited people to send photographs, article or anything of that sort which is related to figuring out a teen girl’s life.
She emphasizes the fact that it’s okay to be not clear but be unapologetic about things which you do in your life.
This ted video is about teen girls figuring out and also about the motives behind Tavi’s website which is closely related to what makes a strong female character.
It’s not just the trees which give us the oxygen.
It’s also the unseen sea microbes which contribute to the oxygen we breathe.
These tiny sea microbes (It’s told that a single spoon of a sea water contains 5 millions of bacteria and 50 millions of viruses) does associate with the humans in many ways. Watch the video and know yourself how they influence the environment.
The study of microbes has started only off late and some of the astounding facts about sea microbes are what Melissa Garren shared with us through this ted talk. So this is a TED video about the unseen sea and the microbes in it.
Here’s the review of the movie Oru Kal Oru kanadi
It’s one of the over hyped movie which did not have much in store in the story. The film’s genre is comedy but it does not have many decent comedy scenes as well.
So first let me narrate the story board for the benefit of the audience. It has a very regular opening. An average looking hero falls in love with a beautiful heroine the moment he sees her. He follows her everywhere and tries to woo her for marriage. The Girl tries to shoo him off by telling about her dad’s police profile but he does not relents.
Slowly they become friends. And finally the heroine falls in love with him when a jerk (mapillai) of her parent’s choice finds faults in her and passes silly comments about her looks and manners during their very first meet.
But due to some silly loose talks by the hero, the heroine leave him and decides to marry another jerk mapillai of her parents choice.
This usual story line is starring Udayanidhi Stalin as hero and Hanshika as heroine and Santhanam as Comedy lead.
Regarding the performances, Santhanam dominates the entire movie. His dialogue delivery, his spontaneity is what makes the audience sit through the film. But his punch lines in this movie are not very catchy as it was in his previous rajesh’s flicks.(Nanben da is better than factu factu factu I would say)
Udayanidhi as a new comer has tried so hard to do justice to the character but he needs to go learn acting from a good film school and learn the nuances of acting. Most importantly some serious dance training is a must before he acts in an another movie. His costume was good through out the movie.
Hanshika was cute and beautiful and did what was expected out of a heroine of such a film. Her clothing and make up was very much appropriate for the role.
Saranya Ponvannan as Udayanidhi’s mom did attempt to trickle our funny bone and was half successful.
On the whole, watch this movie if you have not watched the trailers of the movie. Because the comedy scene put in the trailers are only decent comedies in the movie. There is nothing more in the film to offer for its audience.
The songs are good to listen but a pain to watch. The running and simple dance steps are poor visualization for such good numbers.
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi is an Ok Ok laughing riot.
Watch it if you want to kill your time and may be for santhanam.
Kelly Anderson who is a designer and artist by choice, in this ted talk narrates about 3 of her projects and walks us through the experience she got out of them.
The first project is a holiday card which she has designed for her friend. When she showed the card it looked like, just another holiday card with fancy texture and some weird design. The real beauty was seen only when she unfolded and folded the whole card. It was a creation not just a card. It was a documentary of opening the card itself. A sheer master piece I would say.
The second project was a wedding invitation. That was for her musical friends who were getting married. They wanted to have their own song composition in their invitation. So Kelly did all the research work and got it done for them. The audience funny bones were trickled when she explained how she asked the paper producers to supply her with paper of good audio property.
The third project was to sell newspapers similar to the New York Times with the news which people would love to see in the papers. Most of good news is distant reality. In her third project she made that distant reality a possibility. They printed all the good news instead of the actual news and circulated it to the New York City. The look at every reader’s face when they saw the fake news was a laughing riot for the audience.
The 16 minutes of watching the video is a fun ride. I did not want it to end. Ms. Anderson is truly remarkable. The way she narrated the whole concept of why life is so boring when you travel in the beaten path is impeccable. The talk basically highlights the following 2 points
- Don’t do the regular stuff ‘coz most of them are dull, boring and depressing.
- We need change. So design that change in a unique way.
Watch it and enjoy