On 17th of September, I was invited by Hill Top School to their Career Seminar to make a presentation on Social Entrepreneurship as a career option. The seminar was attended by over hundred school children from classes 10 onwards and their parents.
Social Entrepreneurship, by many well meaning leaders across the world is being hailed as the next big global movement. Puny though I am, I wish to state that I resonate with this conviction. So, I deeply admire the initiative taken by Mrs. Puneeta Chauhan, The Principal of Hill Top School for taking a courageous step forward and introducing children and parents to vocations that matter to society. We all know that in Jamshedpur and perhaps in most parts of India, the only careers garnering respect are medical, engineering or MBA. As a refreshing departure from this ubiquitous trend, the other career options that were included in the seminar were Human Resources, Environment and Social Work.
While making the presentation I was inspired by a statement made by Lisa, our previous intern, in one of her blogs, “It’s time to make Social Entrepreneurship Sexy” In fact I wanted to give this as the title of my post but then I dropped the idea thinking that this would be too blasphemous. The plight of Amit Trivedi scares me
If Coke advertises it’s wares and so does Nike and Apple, I do not understand why Social Entrepreneurs must be media shy or not be media savvy and trendy. Especially so, when what we advertise is concerned with most basic amenities of life like drinking water, food and education. So in the presentation I tried to make social entrepreneurship look trendy and sexy, an enticing option for young minds and not a staid and serious affair. Which does not mean that we are flippant in any sense because we grapple with some of humanity’s most pressing problems.
The presentation, being one for school kids is especially designed for people who are listening to this topic for the first time. So it is a simplistic version, which naturally sacrifices the intricacies, subtleties and subversions of this field. Please treat this as a disclaimer, in case you don’t find any profound stuff, which I reserve for practitioners of the field.
Ultimately, show this to your children