Connecting local responses around the world
Sir Ratan Tata, shares his insights on the way forward with communities in India. Hearing him I could not help feel that this is what the world needs, not only India. I took some notes. Watch the video from 4:02 mins- 3 mins of your time!
1. The worst thing you can do to a country is to give everyone a sense of dependency on an outside force. You have to create sustainability that is self-generated.
He gives an example. If we have to create an environmental innovation but that innovation comes not only in nutritive things but also a more holistic approach in how to create prosperity in the village, and local livelihoods like fish ponds. We are not addressing these issues adequately in the country, many things can done. if the nutritive value of what we eat has diminished because we have allowed it to diminish.
2. When the foundation pulls out, the NGO collapses, the community collapses you have created a complacency factor...that money flows from the government, from the trust. The external agency has failed in not providing something that makes the community stronger, makes it more productive, gives it a sense of wanting to do something for itself, and creates pride in what it stands for; perhaps we have to change what we have been doing, be idea givers rather than money givers.