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Top 5 reasons to volunteer for an NGO

Why working for an NGO can be extremely rewarding

1. You make strategies for the country/world

While in schools and colleges you plan to change a few things here and there, in an NGO your plans can go much beyond. You plan and strategize to change the country ,the world . Your targets are not 1 week or 2 weeks but spread across years and decades.

2. Better networking:

This is the best networking you can possibly get. In the corporate world your networks are based on mutual benefit ,but in NGO it’s for a common goal. In most other types of networking ,your Network is a list of your acquaintances but, in the NGO world it is a list of people who become your best buddies,your mentors ,people you respect and people who respect you.

3.Lesser Egos:

It has been observed  that behavior of people change when they are in a situation where they are reminded of moral values and idealism, such as near Schools,In churches and  in temples.This is exactly why when you meet truly dedicated people in an NGO you will see their Guards down, people become much more open,much more ready to change and much more inclined to listen to all points of view.Suddenly there can be order in the chaos of an NGO decision-making process.

4.It opens your mind:

Try working with any NGO and you will see what I mean,you gain a sense of perspective and start seeing the impact of small things. You realize what is more important

5.Leadership:

The chances of being a leader or learning leadership are much more in NGO sector than any other. It takes about 4-5 years to become a team lead in an IT field but in an NGO you could be doing that the moment you join.It all depends on what you are willing to do .It is not necessary to even join them full-time.

More importantly, you can learn the meaning of true leadership very early on such as

  • Post does not matter as much as the work/role
  • Difference between enforced leadership and earned leadership
  • Importance of NOT being a leader sometimes
  • How to be a good follower
  • How to motivate people

While I did point out various Pros of working with NGOs ,I am not discounting the exposure and experience you get in the corporate sector.This article is simply to point out some of the very unique takeaways from NGO sector.

My personal belief is that your learnings and personal growth can be accelerated by working for an ngo  . Remember when you join an NGO ,you are not just doing it for giving back to society, but are also gaining much more .

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Day 2 of “10 days to change”..Young guns of India

Extremely hectic day again.Started with a discussion on communication workshop action points and then was part of interview panel for www.slateindia.in

The highlight of the day was meeting with core committee of Nirmaan(http://www.nirmaan.org/page/Home.aspx). Nirmaan is an NGO started by few  BITS pilani guys to build a poverty free ,knowledge powered and economically empowered Nation.They had come to ISB to talk to people about imbibing best practices of management in their Organization

Now these are the guys who are hell bent on changing india but still are doing their normal jobs.They work in IBM but still are the driving force behind the organization.

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Nirmaan

And before you judge,this is not a small organization of a few guys,its an enormous corporate style organization with very clear defined goals and has over 5 franchise all over India.

It was a great learning experience to discuss the  challenges they are facing in  their organization and finding out that it was the exact thing bothering our organizations as well.

They have done some amazing work already ,biggest one being launching a toll free helpline for rural students for career counseling where they give them information about courses,exams,scholarships etc.

Biggest problem in rural areas is lack of knowledge ,they have dreams but no guidance on how to achieve them,this helpline bridges that gap. It is currently limited only to a small area and i wish to see it launched at a national level soon. Best part is that it is funded majorly by the state government.. It was  a pleasure interacting with these young guns of India,such clarity of vision and thought, such professionalism, I felt I was in the presence of Narayan Murthi’s of social sector.Much can be learned from them

And the final feather in today’s cap was that we were able to finalize the requirements for Upcoming Lead India National clubs website . (LI main website is at : http://www.leadindia2020.org)

It was a long  4 hr discussion which went up until 1AM but an extremely fruitful one. My Infosys Business analyst training finally paid off :),i felt like brains storming with business again to get the requirements out.

Thankfully it was almost the same as I had already implemented on our test sites. Tomorrow have a meeting tech team of LI which manages the website to finally implement

Fun part is ,Lead India is conducting a camp for 570 Clubs next week which will cover over 8000 change agents,and we plan to launch the website with them as the first set of users.8000 users as test users :O now thats un imaginable by any standards,even corporate portals we develop in infosys.

We hope this portal will bring about accountability and finally increase in output of various activities we do. The numbers are mind boggling, consider this, these 8000 change agents might go ahead and train around 80,000 more people and, as a part of suppose green initiative everyone plants a tree, if this portal by virtue of accountability and visibility is able to effect 10% of the people ,we land up with 8000 more trees and this is just from one camp….

Finally home at 2 AM..

Total brainstorming of the day: 7+hrs..m loving it…Crashing  now….

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Day 1 of “10 days for change”–Also my 50’th post

First day @hyderabad turned out to be pretty hectic but productive, went directly to ISB from airport to meet Narotham.

After having a sumptuous meal in ISB got a chance to interact with Chakrawarti one of the founders of Slateindia.in  and discuss about various strategies.

Also got a chance to hear about a workshop being conducted for teens  by one of ISB Teaching associate. Truely remarkable. It seems everyone here is up-to something. If you live in a place like this how can you stay unaffected.

The place does have a certain aura about it.Later in the evening stopped at Oasis school to meet with Sudarshan Acharya.

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Though unplanned ,was  able to demonstrate the “Lead India national Club” website I had developed. Was able to get his input and it seems the pilot roll out is going to happen very soon,probable a day or 2.

After that had a Long tiring 1 hr back seat  bike ride   back home with all my luggage.Narotham’sMom cooked some awesome food and was kind enough to cook me special Paranthas, 🙂

Crashing now,,,,,.have to meet “Vande Mataram Youth Front” representative  tomorrow 8  AM . Have been working with them for 6 months,finally will get a chance to meet some.

 

On a personal note,it was really embarrassing to see that I was not able to cross a road in Hyderabad. I prided myself on crossing roads in the busiest areas of Delhi and Faridabad and here I was stuck in Hyderabad.Poor Narotham had to cross back to help me cross.

Either the traffic in Hyderabad is worse or i have lost my touch and US has made me Lazy :P..What do you think?

And also,this is my 50th blog post,thanks a loot to all the people who subscribed and actually read my blog.Its a huge encouragement 🙂

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Five ways to support Anna Hazare

For all those people who want to support Anna Hazare but dont know what to do ,here is a small list of things you can do

(all those who want to know of the movement check my previous blog http://madhurchadha.com/2011/04/07/why-anna-hazares-victory-is-so-essential-for-us/)

India For Anna Hazare
India is Behind Anna Hazare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educate yourself: Anna Hazare is fighting for something called a Lokpal Bill. This bill essentially gives us enough teeth to fight corruption. The government has presented a shamelessly toothless bill which like all other anti corruption bills is a sham and totally biased towards the corrupt. Educate yourself and others around you on what the bill is all about .Know ad let others around you know why it is important You can find the details on

http://www.annahazare.org/

or simpler versions on

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Hazare#Lokpal_Bill_movement

 

Join Anna: Go join Anna, you may not fast but you can be physically present there to show support. More the numbers more the pressure

Have Solidarity Marches/Dharnas in your cities colleges: Another way to educate is to have solidarity Dharna liek Anna’s in you cities/villages/Companies. Does it seems like a waste of time?? Well if you can leave work and celebrate India’s world cup victory ,this my dear friends in much more important. This will not only spread the movement but also help to keep it alive

 

Blog/tweet/write about it: Yes ..sign all petitions,write a blog,tweet about it Like every video of Anna. Let the government know that people are following,this is not a simple dharna but a new revolution.If you have ever written a Blog you ought to write about this. Write whatever you feel,even a simple message like Anna I am with you

 

Dont let the flame Die: Every news is Big until the next Big news comes along. This is what the government is hoping for.They are hoping the euphoria will die down,they are hoping that we wil over all it  soon and Anna will be back in obscurity. What you can do is simply KEEP ASKING? Yes a simple thing like Whats happening. Keep asking to let the Media know that we are stil interested ,we are still behind Anna and this story needs to Live. Let the government know that if they do not give up they WILL give up office soon. People of India are no longer going to sit Back this time.

Its a Call for action!!!! Dont just Sit behind

also see “its personal this time” 

 

 

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Why Anna Hazare’s Victory is so essential for us

 

 

A 71 year old man named Anna Hazare has decided to fast unto death unless government  rectifies and gives more teeth to a bill called Lokpal bill ,do we really care??

Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare

Many people start fasts these days,they go on strike for every possible reason,there are dharnas everywhere so whats so special about Anna.

First of all who is Anna Hazare : Anna is a social activist of wide acclaim,he was awarded both padmabhushan(1992) and padmashri(1990) among various other awards. He served in Army and later became a social activist. He is known to be a man who can think far far ahead of most of us. He converted a village Ralegan Siddh to a model village which is a model of environmental conservation. Most notable about this village is that the entire village is powered by solar power.

So What is anna fighting for. Anna Hazare is fighting to give Indian population the legal muscle to wipe out corruption. He is fighting to give more teeth to a bill called Lokpal bill which has been hanging in parliament for more than 40 years chiefly because it will give us the power to bring to justice the corrupt politicians ,hence they never let it pass.

The current lokpal bill being considered  is a total sham ,and as one judge rightly said it is shamelessly tooth less. Here is the version of bill the government wants to give us and what Anna is demanding(from wikipedia)

Govt. Proposal

1. Lokpal will have no power to initiate suo moto action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public. It can only probe complaints forwarded by LS Speaker or RS Chairman.
2. Lokpal will only be an Advisory Body. Its part is only limited to forwarding its report to the “Competent Authority”
3. Lokpal will not have any police powers. It can not register FIRs or proceed with criminal investigations.
4. CBI and Lokpal will have no connection with each other.
5. Punishment for corruption will be minimum 6 months and maximum up-to 7 years.

Hazare’s(Civil Society) Version also known and Jan Lokpal bill

1. Lokpal will have powers to initiate suo moto action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public.
2. Lokpal will be much more than an Advisory Body. It should be granted powers to initiate Prosecution against anyone found guilty.
3. Lokpal will have police powers. To say that it will be able to register FIRs.
4. Lokpal and anti corruption wing of CBI will be one Independent body.
5. The punishment should be minimum 5 years and maximum up-to life imprisonment.

 

So how is this fight soo soo important, it is important for various reasons

. Anna Hazare is fighting for us: Even if the bill is passed possible Anna Hazare will not be able to see the corruption free India he is fighting for. He is doing it for the coming generation,he is doing it for us also he is doing what we should be doing. We keep complaining that “This is the way it is and this is how it should be” and “Nothing can change” corruption is too deep,politicians are too powerful,but we do NOTHING about it,now here is a 71 year old guy who is showing us what can be done. If he fails we fail and all the cribbers win. Out procrastination wins, we add one more thing in our list of excuses for doing nothing. He looses we loose the idealism of an entire generation

 

Anna is doing it Gandhi style, a very civilised and peaceful protest. No blocking trains,no burning buses ,no violence .

He is showing us how it should be done,how Gandhi ji used to do it, how its more about inner power than external. He is showing us that Gandhi Ideals still hold  true ,they still work. If he fails we loose trust ,we loose trust in the very basis of Indian freedom struggle.A base which is already shattered ,most people don’t understand What Gandhi ji stood for what he did. Ana Hazare is a shining example for the entire generation to come( see how to support Anna 1)

And at last ,if Anna looses this time ,we can safely say bye bye to lokapal bill for another 40 years. Politicains would never pass a bill that would make it easier for us to bring them to book ,it will take people like Hazare to build up a movement to force them and sadly we don’t see likes of him very often(also see How this is a leaderless movement).

If hazare looses today ,nothing changes,yes nothing changes for you or me. We will still live the way we live,keep cribbing about corruption in India,red tap-ism and bureaucracy but if he wins it will be a huge step to a better India .An India with no corruption,an India where even the Prime minister would be afraid of taking any bribe ,an  India where the public servants will finally be accountable to the public ,the way it should be.  An India  of our Dreams….

 

God ,let Anna Win

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How to support Anna 2

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