Insight and pictures from day 2

(You may think this post extremely late, but wisdom has no expiry date...especially if it rhymes unintentionally).

If people were moving a little slowly on the second Mashup morning, chalk it up to sore limbs from non-stop dancing the night before. Max ZT, Mishko M'ba and Adrian D'Souza treated us to some amazing, virtuousic music that defies categorization. Their trio, House of Waters, rocked ISB's beautiful outdoor concert venue until well past midnight.

In the morning, some of us went to watch the social business plan pitches at ISB's iDiya competition.  Other participants got together for in-depth conversations with each other, with speakers, and with the team behind Mashup - UnLtd India. Experts offered one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the day; Himanshu Vyas helped people better understand finances and Aarti Madhusudan of Governance Counts did the same for governance.  During practitioner workshops, Pari Jhaveri of Third Sector Partners and Payal Gupta of Flow Consulting shed light on what it takes not only to build a top-quality team, but also to understand the human dynamics that shape teams everywhere.

Our two closing speakers, Dr Jai Prakash Narayan (the founder of Loksatta Party) and Vipin Thekkekalathil (director of Ashoka's Youth Venture India) shared their ideas about changing India.  The group shared an emotional farewell, charged and ready to make change happen back home.

Day 2's greatest hits:

  • "Fight founder's syndrome by building career ladders and plans of succession within your organisation. Bring in young talent, train them and give them leadership opportunities, incentives, and positive pressure. Then future leadership will come from within your organisation."  -Pari Jhaveri of Third Sector Partners
  • Dr Narayan of Loksatta sees seven major impediments to changing India; they include the over-centralization of public decision making and the failure of rule of law. When the government steps up to end corruption, deliver quality healthcare and education, liberalise agriculture, and build mechanisms to develop young leadership, India will be transformed.
  • Vipin T takes a different perspective - he believes that fear is the greatest impediment to change.  "When we redefine fear - realise that it's simply an illusion, our mind's way of convincing to not to do what we want to do - we can transform ourselves, our country and our world."