Changing the World needs us to change the way it works…

One of the things that almost every entrepreneur does, whether they start out thinking about doing it or not, is that they change the world that they are a part of.

Here is a short movie that illustrates a shares a very important point about changing the world:

If we want to change the world, we need to change the way it works!

The movie shows that it is our responsibility to not only understand how the world works but also to take responsibility to break away from the norm (if required) and bring about the change that we believe should happen.

AIME is an organisation that is working to bring mentors to under-previleged kids in school so as to enable them to give them a chance to succeed. They started out in Australia and now want to go global. They are looking for people in the age group of 18 – 30 who could become volunteers of the organisation and take their model global.

So, if you are between 18 and 30 years old, and would like to take this leap and work at changing the world, you can apply to be a mentor. If you are not in the age group and would still like to work, you could either share their story (low touch) or explore other ways to support them here as a partner or as a friend.

As Seth Godin says, Drip, Drip, Drip and you have something that can change the world.


40 + 15 Alternatives to College

The value that college education brings to a student has been questioned for sometime now. I had earlier written about this challenge here, here and here.

The increasing amount of student debt combined with the rising unemployment rates are a testament to the fact that the conventional education system is not currently broken.

In this situation, James Altucher has listed down 40 alternate ideas to a formal college education (which comes with the debt) in a slide deck that he shared on slide share.

I would like to add my own list of alternatives to college education as below:

  1. Join someone as an assistant. It doesnt matter what the person does for a living – whether he is a mason or an electrician or a plumber or a stock broker or a film maker. Help him with all his work. You will end up learning a lot about the craft, which could lead you to more opportunities.
  2. Become a salesman for a business. Sales teaches you to communicate & convince others; a skill that every single successful person has in abundance.
  3. Go to a mall or a market and talk to at least 10 – 15 strangers. Ask half of them how can you help them. Ask the other half for help. Do this every day for a year. You would be surprised by the number of people whom you will know and who know you – another key ingredient that could potentially make you lucky.
  4. Go to a temple or a church. Help the priest there run the temple or church. Help everyone who comes there to pray. Pray for them. Pray with them. You will make a lot of friends. Let serendipity strike you.
  5. Go to a public library. Read any book that you find interesting. Make notes of the books. Blog about the notes that you have made.
  6. Make a list of email ID’s of all the people you meet through any of the above ideas. Create a newsletter based on whatever you did and mail it to them on a regular basis.
  7. Start a podcast. Interview some of these people and get them to share their stories with you – “In convesation with a common man”. Share this with everyone you know.
  8. Find a relative or friend who is in trouble or who could benefit from some help or support. Help them out in whatever way you can.
  9. Visit a new corner in your city. Explore that part of the city. Share what you find out in a blog or a podcast or if possible through a YouTube channel.
  10. Go eat at a different restaurant for your every meal. Rate the restaurant, their service & their food on Yelp. Do that everyday for a year. DO remember to exercise well though, so that you remain healthy.
  11. Watch a movie everyday and suggest try to think what could have been better in the movie. Take this one step ahead and write about your thoughts on a blog or to the writer/director/producer of the movie. You can find that most of these guys have some form of public presence.
  12. Get yourself a twitter account. Follow all the people whom you respect. Read everything that they write or share. Comment on the blogs that they write or videos that they share. Blog about the content by adding your perspective to the content (I guess, I am doing this right now) and share. Do this everyday. Twitter is a treasure-trove of great content if you want to read through. Pick a topic (#HashTag) and read everything that is being shared about that topic. You will learn more than any college course can teach you about the topic.
  13. Drive a taxi or a cab or an auto-rickshaw. Talk to the commuters. Learn what they do. Try to make an impression. If you learn how to make an impression on these travellers, you can make a living selling and marketing.
  14. Combine some of these ideas. Review restaurants and books or serve at a church and review restaurant.
  15. Try one of these idea every month.

These were some of the ideas that i could come up with. Do you have any other ideas that you can share with me or with James?

I have been following the work of James Altucher for some time now and would recommend his blog and podcast to anyone who wants to learn more about life, success and failure. The content that creates is just awesome.

Interesting discussion on the future of education (Video)

Below is an exciting conversation between Fred Dust (Partner, IDEO), Michael Karnjanaprakorn (Co-Founder and CEO, Skillshare); Tim Marshall (Provost and Chief Academic Officer, The New School) and Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO, Venture for America. These are some of the pioneers who are exploring new ways to prepare our kids for their future (what else does education do).

Though, I agree with most of the things that are being discussed here, I think that true revolution in education will only come once we are able to integrate such efforts in the mainstream education movement.

Also, we all say that education is a life-long activity, but does any of the education institutes implement this?

Do we have a college or a school or an online course that we can take for life? One that does not have a specific start date and a end date?

Is it practical and possible to create an institution that can enroll us and take us on a quest for education for our lifetime?

This is a great opportunity for anyone who steps up and creates such an institute.. Would you?

Let me know your thoughts on this post by commenting below or by tweeting them to me at @rmukeshgupta.


Education Unleashed: Now It’s All Up To You

Education Unleashed: Now It’s All Up To You.

Very interesting and informative piece, put together by John Mayerhofer, Vice President, Innovation, SAP.

Notes section has a lot of information on all the resources currently available for anyone who wants to learn (anything).

I have taken a course on Coursera and can talk by experience that this is a great tool for continuous education for anyone with an internet connection and a will to learn.

In my opinion, education as a sector is ripe for complete disruption and online education offerings will play a big part in this disruption.

The current education system is fundamentally flawed in todays context. Schools & colleges that are able to use the online resources as a tool to enable a sense of discovery, instill some amount of intrigue in the process will be the one’s that will succeed in the new reality.

It will be very interesting to watch this space closely.