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

Jugaad: frugal innovation and lessons for the UK

Although this blog has been silent for a while as I wrestle with two semesters' worth of teaching in one, I've continued to follow others. One of the most memorable has been Cherian Joseph's fantastic description of "Jugaad" or the art of frugal innovation in India for the Acumen blog. As he says, India invokes you … Continue reading Jugaad: frugal innovation and lessons for the UK

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