If I were so to ask what the ways to change the world were, there are usually two paths:
1) Social Worker: (Purpose) Start a nonprofit and keep on doing good like Mother Teresa and never earn a single penny for themselves.
2) Philanthropist: Become a millionaire or billionaire and after 30 or 40 or 50 years donate everything to charity like Bill Gates.
The above paths don’t Work anymore.
History of Gandhi with a charkha
The charkha was both a tool and a symbol of the Indian independence movement. It was ideal for spinning cotton and other fine, short-staple fibers. Gandhi hoped the charkha would assist the people of India in achieving self-sufficiency and independence, and therefore used the charkha as a symbol of the Indian independence movement. He also included it on earlier versions of the Flag of India
Charkha was a means to solve the problem of economic distress in the most natural, simple, inexpensive and business-like manner
100 Years ago during the British rule in India severe economic distress had seeped into the households of the common Indian man. As a result, the major problem that the masses were facing was hunger. The government was not pro- masses. It was then that Gandhi tried to bring back the hand spun Charkha to every house as a means of survival and sustenance.
Gandhi clearly believed that without an intelligent return to simplicity, there was no scope of fighting back non-violently and prevailing. In the time when industrial revolution was in vogue, and the entire handicraft industry in India was facing the brunt of it rendering many unemployed, it was the first social innovation model which aimed at every individual earning a living for himself instead of depending on charity of others.
Today the entire civil society is dependent on funds, donations, and charities of national and international institutions, agencies, corporations and individuals. There is no inherent thought process of developing a financially sustainable model of their own.
India alone has 7.5 million registered non-profits each working for a cause trying to create an impact, not realizing that the lack of financial sustainability may mitigate the impact of their work at the grassroots level, as they are consistently giving birth to programs which require a continuous feed of financial resources to continue.
The way the world has progressed, we cannot wait for another Mother Teresa or Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. It needs a modern day Gandhi.
The slight twist though is Gandhi in this era is with a laptop and not a Charkha.
Today’s digital Gandhi shall not work for free, he shall ensure that he sustains his livelihood. His value system shall be as simplistic as Gandhi. Simple living and high thinking shall be the sole route to sustaining happiness. A simple T-shirt, jeans, and slippers, along with a laptop going from one corner to another finding solutions to social problems. He does not have a confined office space or a reporting hierarchy or a job description which shall time again limits his space to imagine, act, innovate and experiment.
He is today’s Social entrepreneur “The Digital Gandhi”.
I have been termed as Digital Gandhi by Media countless times but I am not alone. Imagine a world with a Million Digital Gandhis. Each one solving just one small problem. We probably wouldn’t need dependent non- profits or corporate CSRs to solve such problems. Out of 7 billion I want 1 million Digital Gandhis across the world. That’s my vision.
I am travelling across the India sharing my vision through talks and seminars at some of the top Schools and colleges.
I am 24 years old.
I am three time college dropout and the youngest cause consultant in the world. I am a living example that In order to change the world or to do good there are no degrees, licenses or diplomas required not even experience.
The only thing needed is passion, rest all follows.