This is water: empathy is everything

  I wrote recently about my experiments with amphibious leadership and of the centrality of soft skills (or soft power) in the repetoire of the amphibious leader. These skills are often ignored by mainstream higher education on the assumption that they are acquired through experience, need little attention, and are best inculcated by other institutions and actors … Continue reading This is water: empathy is everything

Economy or society? It’s a nice choice to have

The placard above was photographed at a demonstration in London last week and quickly went viral as a pithy rejoinder to neo-liberal economic policies and the gradual erosion of the social around the world. A student on our UK-India programme  pointed out that the distinction between the economic and the social is grounded in scales … Continue reading Economy or society? It’s a nice choice to have

How Satyamev Jayate can catalyse a social enterprise movement

This piece was published on redhotcurry.com,  18th August 2012 and as an editorial in the Hindustan Times in September 25, 2012:  http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/Editorials/Just-maintain-the-momentum/Article1-935621.aspx By all measures, Aamir Khan's and Star Plus'  Satyamev Jayate has been a phenomenal success. Viewing figures surpass anything shown on Indian Sunday mornings since the Mahabharata and Ramayana serials in the 1990s. … Continue reading How Satyamev Jayate can catalyse a social enterprise movement

The university as a social innovation hub

  I met with Southampton University's  Community Liaison Officer even before I officially started my post in October 2010. That's a measure of how keen (and green) I was to get involved in the University's community engagement work. Having returned to the city of my birth and childhood, it seemed only natural that I would … Continue reading The university as a social innovation hub

Civility vs conviviality: phone numbers, unmarked Christmas cards & Big Societies

Mumbai brings out the night owl in me. Of course my night owl might not resemble yours, or most people's for that matter. I do an uncanny impression of a baby sloth during most times of the day and in most conditions, but in Mumbai I regularly managed the near impossible task of staying awake … Continue reading Civility vs conviviality: phone numbers, unmarked Christmas cards & Big Societies

Of fragile messiahs and micro-corruption

It's probably unfair but not unlikely that people will conclude that India’s campaign against corruption stalled in Bombay. While 15,000 people braved the Delhi chill to express their support for Anna Hazare, less than 5,000 turned up at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (the original site, Azad Maidan, was considered too small; several of the city’s federalised … Continue reading Of fragile messiahs and micro-corruption