Law of diminishing utility : Take up any 1 profile for too long and … Switch too many profiles and… You need to find the right balance.
Low entry cost : My present profile is into ERP but I can get into say GIS field with a minimum investment of less than two years. Hence for most possibilities are high (because of low cost to switch fields) but reality is bleak.
Software is only a medium to achieve a goal. Its is never a goal itself.
Software by itself cannot solve problems, end world hunger, solve financial crisis, etc. Software doesn’t change reality it just augments it.
Software is sensible only when you innovate using it for a domain.
To have access to domains, you should have access to people in those domains. And these people from other domains will entertain you only if they identify with you.
Build identities which are beyond ‘Software Engineer’
Identify and nourish your own multiple identities.
This is important because it allows you to shift identities as and when needed and gives you access to a broader audience.
Can I create multiple identities? Yes! … We call it the URiS Model which revolves around the open source world, volunteering and win-win models.
When person with a rate of $Y per hour, spends his time not earning, he is losing an opportunity of $Y per hour.
Linux versus Windows : When Bill Gates argues that open source will kill capitalism, he is wrong. If Windows took $1 billion to build, Linux also took $1 billion or more to build if you count the opportunity cost of the open source developers.
Access to opportunities in life? : Spend your time, exchanging opportunity costs (volunteer) at an equivalent rate with people above and below you in the pyramid of your industry and outside it.
Why will someone exchange opportunities with you?
This is where URiS Model comes in. URiS helps to establish win-win equivalent opportunity exchange models between parties.
Example: The researcher has access to research and ideas but less implementation. The developer has time and implementation know how but less ideas.
Viridians has been working on the URiS Model since 2003 on and off. And like most things, it is evolving.
Everyone 'around you' is 99% the same. Conversely only 1% of delta difference between you and the people around you.
Everything has an institutionalized average. Mumbai University Engg Education’s institutionalized average is 60-65%. Moreover in the end, 65 or 75, its just the same. No one really cares.
An Indifference Curve (IC) is a line with a set of choices (points on the line) with the same net utility generated. Consider there are three people. X with Mac, Y with Dell and Z without a Laptop. Then X and Y are on same IC because near utility of Mac ~= near utility Dell, where as Z is far off. So it is important to be on the Indifference curve.
Stretch the concept further and… a DJ Sanghvi graduate has near equivalent opportunities to an IIT-Bombay graduate.
With a comfortable effort X you can this institutionalized average. But to stretch it to 75%, you need to put in X+Y. Now if you divide 65/X and 75-65/Y then you can clearly see that the utility achieved from effort Y is very less.
URiS tells us… achieve the institutionalized average and invest the excess effort which left behind (Mac-Dell) / (IIT – DJ) / (75 – 65) into creating another domain / reaching another Indifference Curve and there by achieve parity with the Mac / IIT / 75.
In other words, utilize Y effort in another field to reach another institutionalized average and the cumulative 65% in IT Engineering and 65% in field ABC will be much higher than the 75% in IT Engineering alone.
The URiS Model…
3 – Reiterating… Western World De-escalation Indian World Escalation Subjective Objective Bottom up culture Top down culture Self Organizing Societies Organized Societies The URiS Model… Be an Indian – Deescalate!
You need economic, social, mental, emotional, spiritual bandwidth etc to innovate. There are two ways to achieve that bandwidth: Spend Less (energy / money / mind … ) and Create More (energy / money / mind … )
Western Model: Escalation!
If you follow western escalation model, you will spend more (energy / money / mind … ) for every unit you create more (energy / money / mind … ).
Indian Model: Sustainability over performance
The fly isn’t the most efficient flying machine but it has sustained for millions of years. Most things in nature and in India are not operating at high performance because of lack of standardization and top-down command structure but these models have survived for thousands of years.
The overhead to operate at high / higher performance (escalation) is very taxing in the longer run. If you operate at high performance, then you will not be able to create bandwidth.
Use the inner Indian mindset - Slow down. Deescalate. Simplify. Create bandwidth.
The URiS Model…
Once you deescalate from what you ‘have to do’, you have the bandwidth to… focus on ‘what you can do’.
We have applied these URiS concepts to implement Viridians, a formal win-win opportunity exchange platform for people who are ready to deescalate to the institutionalized average and reinvest the excess effort saved to collaboratively research, innovate, network and grow.
Viridians Academic Platform
The Viridian Academic Platform is just another win-win opportunity exchange platform between Bachelor Engineering Students and people within the industry.
The object of exchange is the student’s final year project.
The risk of executing the complex project successfully is borne by the student in exchange for the knowledge and direction handed out by the advisor.
Find more details at http://viridian.in/academic_platform