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Post with title 'Sharing what I know' are short compiled notes of interesting books, movies, concepts et al. Spreading my learning which is not mainstream (atleast that is what I think about my learning for now)
The Book: Wording the view :Veena Das and Scenes of Inheritance
Editor: Ms. Roma Chatterji is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
About the Book
The essays in this book explore the critical possibilities that have been opened by Veena Das’s work. Taking off from her writing on pain as a call for acknowledgment, several essays explore how social sciences render pain, suffering, and the claims of the other as part of an ethics of responsibility. They search for disciplinary resources to contest the implicit division between those whose pain receives attention and those whose pain is seen as out of sync with the times and hence written out of the historical record.
Another theme is the co-constitution of the event and the everyday, especially in the context of violence. Das’s groundbreaking formulation of the everyday provides a frame for understanding how both violence and healing might grow out of it. Drawing on notions of life and voice and the struggle to write one’s own narrative, the contributors provide rich ethnographies of what it is to inhabit a devastated world.
Ethics as a form of attentiveness to the other, especially in the context of poverty, deprivation, and the corrosion of everyday life, appears in several of the essays. They take up the classic themes of kinship and obligation but give them entirely new meaning.
Finally, anthropology’s affinities with the literary are reflected in a final set of essays that show how forms of knowing in art and in anthropology are related through work with painters, performance artists, and writers.
The book brings together case studies from different parts of the world, from Palestine, Lebanon, Chile, the US and India. It will be of interest not only to anthropologists and sociologists interested in comparative perspectives but also to artists, scholars in art, literary studies and philosophy.
Contents Of the Book I liked :
1. Conversations, Generations, Genres: Anthropological Knowing as a Form of Life -
2.On Feelings and Finiteness in Everyday Life - Clara Han
3.the Event of an Anthropological Thought - Anand Pandian
4. The Mirror as Frame: Time and Narrative in the Folk Art of Bengal -Roma Chatterji
5. Adjacent Thinking: A Postscript -Veena Das
6. Between Words and Lives: A Thought of the Coming Together of Margins, Violence, and Suffering - An Interview with Veena Das
This 4 minute short film is speaking about our 'Climate Discourse'. It is a humorous, entertaining and also educational animated comedy which sarcastically shows how Gaia, our planet Earth, met humankind years and years ago, and all the problems which followed. A criticism of our modern society and of the way we've been "evolving" over the centuries. It ends with a hope and time can only test if that 'hope' can translate(not literally).
12 year old Antonia enjoyed thinking about worlds, listening to whispers of wild and wisdom of chase. She felt alien to this mechanical world and dreams of a utopian state. World treated her the same as they show in movies about aliens. Young mind could only think of a radical solution!
"No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."
Dead Poets society
The concept of ideation, sharing, spreading, testing its acceptance and understanding the impact of stream of thoughts framed as ideas always amused me. Knowledge economy is the new trend where everyone is trying to build their empire of thoughts to impact people in the best possible way. I am not sure how this 'collective consciousness' of knowledge and growth is taking us. But I liked this concept 'Thinkers50', a ranking system in the realm of management. Initiated in 2011, it is a first-ever idea they say!
I saw the transition of world around me, shift from aspiring engineers who wanted to build something and add value, to engineers who did management courses and learnt management to become employable. Students of science in pursuit of survival and identity, desire to compete forgot the means behind 'motive'. I saw how things changed from doing to managing. Whatever I see around is management, managing data, managing content, managing methods and methodologies and managing market and yes yes, managing labour such that they limit themselves to doing and not thinking. But what I critically see is that everyone is trying to manage everyone not accept the way they are. When it is work it is required as it is one of the ways to incline multiple-selves towards common goal or vision. But seriously, it is not ending there.
Getting back to 'Thinkers50', it has broadened to include a range of activities that support its mission of identifying and sharing best management thinking in the world. With core beliefs that
ideas have the power to change the world
management is essential to human affairs
new thinking can create better future
They are out with their 2015 Rankings and it includes following thinkers in the realm of management
1Michael Porter (7)
2Clayton Christensen (1)
3W Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne (2)
4Don Tapscott (4)
5Marshall Goldsmith (10)
6Linda Hill (8)
7Roger L Martin (3)
8Herminia Ibarra (9)
9Rita G McGrath (6)
10Dan Pink (13)
11Richard A D’Aveni (17)
12Eric Ries (-)
13Vijay Govindarajan (5)
14Richard Florida (25)
15Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur (-)
16Amy C Edmondson (15)
17Jeffrey Pfeffer (24)
18Martin Lindstrom (-)
19Pankaj Ghemawat (11)
20Steve Blank (-)
21Teresa Amabile (22)
22Daniel Goleman (36)
23Seth Godin (-)
24Henry Chesbrough (37)
25Adam Grant (-)
26Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee (-)
27Dave Ulrich (30)
28Jim Collins (12)
29Stew Friedman (27)
30Gary Hamel (19)
31Lynda Gratton (14)
32Sylvia Ann Hewlett (16)
33Fons Trompenaars (41)
34Morten T Hansen (28)
35Tammy Erickson (29)
36Jennifer Aaker (-)
37John P Kotter (32)
38Zhang Ruimin (-)
39Subir Chowdhury (40)
40Nirmalya Kumar (20)
41Sydney Finkelstein (43)
42Julian Birkinshaw (39)
43Liz Wiseman (48)
44Doug Ready (49)
45Umair Haque (35)
46Hal Gregersen (-)
47Anil K Gupta (44)
48Nilofer Merchant (-)
49Whitney Johnson (-)
50Amy Cuddy (-)
Apart from the work they are credited to, they also share small articles on this website. It is an interesting read for me, and they adapted to the trend of apps built thinkers50 app. You receive lot of updates and refreshing reads. Redirecting you there, you need not accept or agree with what they say. But, Do ponder! You are as important as everyone else in this universe and your thinking matters!
To readmore and ponder more http://thinkers50.com/
Soon to share reflections of these 50Thinkers @bhumi360.blogspot.com; (Peace)
Other day I was reading couple of articles on sanitation for all, as it is closely linked to one of my work areas. Sanitation in rural areas in India is a major challenge. We should understand how people perceive 'cleanliness'. Though many campaigns are routed on access to toilets, I have had my own reservations on it. It is not a bad idea to provide a toilet and costs linked to a household which is habituated to open deification. This idea is definitely bad if we are not linking these toilets to closed drainage system. I can tell this from my experience in a village, where I worked for 2 years during my Masters.
With many incomplete questions in my mind I will go ahead and explain this work component I have been associated. As most of my blog readers are from U.S, Canada and Russia let me give a brief intro about this programme introduced by Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. Smart Village Smart Ward a programme which is at conceptual stage and has just entered implementation. The idea behind this programme locality development through collective action in villages and wards routed through highly motivated individuals or agencies. Govt. will support such interventions by convergence. The theory and focus behind this initiative is concrete. Implementation in the field can only prove the results and promote agenda. This programme has 20 non negotiable components.
1 . Homes for all with access to toilet, safe-drinking water, and regular power.
2 . Every household has diversified livelihood opportunities and/or micro-enterprise.
3 . End open defecation.
4 . SHGs and youths have access to skills development and Village Enterprise Development with bank and market linkages.
5 . 100 per cent institutional deliveries.
6 . Has functional solid/liquid waste management system.
7 . End all preventable maternal deaths and infant deaths.
8 . Zero school drop outs of boys and girls up to 12th class.
9 . Functional toilet, potable water, electricity available in Anganwadi Centres, schools, health centres, GP/Ward buildings.
10 . Malnutrition free (children below 9 years of age).
11 . End girl-child marriages (girls below 18 years of age).
12 . Every farm has soil health card, enriched essential micro-nutrients and diversification with livestock and trees.
13 . Every village household has a functional bank account/PM Jan Dhan Bank Account.
14 . GP/Ward has its own dynamic development plan prepared by community participation
15 . Has green trees all over its geographic boundaries.
16 . Has functional water conservation and harvesting structures.
17 . Has functional Information Centre, Computer Lab, and Mee-Seva Centre.
18 . Has telecom/internet connectivity.
19 . Gram Sabha/Ward Sabha are held four times a year with minimum two-thirds attendance.
20 . Has a functional grievance redressal system.
I am sure you will agree with me that these 20 Non negotiable components are well framed and well worded. I must tell you that each component is further linked to set of indicators to understand peoples perception on development interventions taken up in the village or easy monitoring and evaluation.
Four(1,3,6 and 9)out of 20 Non negotiable components are linked to sanitation. This is where my writing will further proceed in this post. I understand that the length of post is considerably long which is different, as I always restrict myself to short ones. I hope to receive practical responses in this context.
The intervention I am writing here is about Eco-friendly toilets as an effective solution. As the country prepares to provide access to sanitation for all by 2019 - which translates to building toilets for 600 million people, which is roughly half the population with no access to sanitisation.The government has its work cut out go for eco-friendly toilets, which are affordable, effective and have multiple advantages. Compiled few points with my friend Akshay.
The ecological toilet system aquatron developed by the Swedish aquatron
international AB, is a compositing toilet utilizing ordinary water closets.
The company has over 25 years of experience on waste water separation that
works without electricity. The company’s main product is the patented and
CE-certified aquatron separator (without moving pars or power consumption) where
urine and flush water will separate from solids. The company manufactures
several different versions of the aquatron in order to cater to the varied needs
of the customer segment-from holiday cottages to public buildings and
The aquatron standard system operate by using just the momentum of the
flushing water, centrifugal force and gravity. Therefore, neither moving parts
nor chemicals or electricity are needed in the separation and composting
processes! Aquatron system combine the comfort and hygiene of a WC system with
the ecological and environmental characteristics of a bio-degrading toilet
This is how it works
1.Aquatron uses standard water closets (flushing column 3-6 litres) or special models where the urine is mechanically diverted from the
flushing water and the solid waste in the bowl itself.
2.When the toilet is flushed, the contents of the bowl
are transported to the aquatron separator where approx 98% of the liquid
fraction is separated by using the momentum of the flushing water, centrifugal
force and gravity. The aquatron separator needs no moving parts.
3.The solid waste (paper and faeces) falls down into the
bio chamber where it is composted by bacteria and, if desired by worms. If
using worms the volume of the solid waste will be reduced by appox. 95%. The
need for emptying and handling the waste is therefore reduced to a minimum.
Optionally,after installing an aquatron system some 250-300 worms are placed into
the bio chamber. The number of worms needed to maintain the composting process
will adjusted automatically by nature. Optimal temperature for the composting
is 12-25 degrees celsius, a temperature level recommended for year round
inhabited homes. Freezing will kill the worms. The composting process is free
from odour and flies because the bio chamber is ventilated and the small amount
of liquid following the paper down into the bio chamber is removed by a drain
at the base of the bio chamber. When the aquatron 90 and 400 models are
emptied, the refuse must be composted to soil in the garden together with the
normal garden and kitchen waste. However, the models 400*100, 4*200 or 4*300,
require no further composting.
4.The Liquid proceeds to the UV unit where it is exposed
to ultra voilet light which kills bacteria and viruses or phosfortrap. The
liquid may then be treated as grey water (bath,dish wasting and laundry water)
which means that the toilet wastewater may be inflitrated into the ground or
into the ground or into a suitable receptacle. Since the liquid fraction is
separated from the solid waste, Aquatron systems are not sensitive to peak load
However, its not just building more toilets, rather its about constructing
toilets which are eco friendly and help in preserving our planet amidst
mounting challenges of global warming and climate change. As resources such as
water become scare and with seemingly unstoppable pollution levels in cities
threatening to aggravate the threat of green house even further, the world is
staring at a number of challenges, prominent being the food crisis, which is
looming large and health for all. The bottom line is we need to act quickly to
find effective solutions to some of the pressing problems faced by our society
today, needless to say open defecation tops the lists.
And eco friendly toilets could be an effective solution to address some of
these challenges. After all, health is wealth. Isn’t it? To conclude, according
to the UN, sanitation and hygiene are engines that drive health, social and
economic development, and contribute to a cleaner environment.
Here my questions start, shouldn't first pilot this in urban habitations and understand practical implications? I believe water conservation should first start from cities and they are pioneers in terms of wasting water. Interventions such as this to be first taken up in MNCs, Institutions of governance, the bourgeoisie, the white collar class and upper middle class to test the potential of the intervention.
Once this is tested on a larger scale in urban areas, it will spread like virus to rural areas and acceptance is also considerably high.