Written by Umang Saini
PanaceaThis post is in response to Prosperity.
One of my colleagues posted his views on ways to increase India’s prosperity. His suggested action items -
- Adopt / Guide a Student
- Guide to a local business to scale
My two cents -
We don't need to tread through multiple layers of complexity to tackle fundamental issues of poverty, inequality and lack of justice. There’s a much simpler route - Education and more education.
Some would argue that there is no single magical silver bullet. After all, educated people have a major role in creating major global problems, in the first place. I'd say - they require still more education to clean up the mess, else face the consequences.
Let's look at a couple of core issues here -
Population explosion - What is the solution? According to Swedish professor, Dr. Hans Rosling from Gapminder Foundation, education is a powerful solution known to work. He makes a compelling argument and presents the data to prove it. Link. Must see.
Sustainability - Again awareness, a.k.a education about sustainable practices. How many have read Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How societies chose to fail or succeed? Science journal review said
“It is probably the most important book you will ever read”.
I posted my notes here. Must read. How many design companies follow William McDonough’s Cradle-to-Cradle?
Education / Learning is a liberating experience. It has transformational ability. Infinite productivity gains and limitless potential for economic progress does not address the root cause. Economic progress is merely an indicator. A great economy may lessen the pain, but it's far cry from being a cure. Jared Diamond presents a much more comprehensive list of 12 problems leading to potential societal collapse. Economic growth is not one of them.
"Education, more education, education made perfect is the only panacea for all our country's ills and evils"The above text forms the core mission of my alma-mater. Here.-Revered Sir Anand Sarup Kt., August Founder of Dayalbagh, Convocation Address, Agra University, 1935