Can we be innovative by un-educating ourselves?

by Ashvini on July 30, 2013 · 5 comments

in Business,Motivation

It seems that a state in India will have millions unemployed this year. The slowdown has indeed taken its toll on economy in a huge way. People are finding difficult to get work. On the other hand is it easy to get any work done? No.

There are so many opportunities which lie untapped. All the unemployed need to do is to take a hard look at what can be done to ease someone’s life and be good at doing that. However the biggest impediment to start making money is the education system, that trains people for job and not for being innovative.

An innovative product that serves the need of untapped market

In Bangalore, some of the enterprising people, who I suspect are not educated that well ( hence they are away from the whitewash of education) are into a unique business model. They hire a small wagon, and they stuff it with boxes of  home cooked food. They station themselves a little further away from busy road and start selling food. Their food is cheap and healthy ( since it is cooked at home). Soon they are flooded by people who cannot afford to eat in restaurants. Their customers are guards from the nearby buildings, auto rickshaw drivers, laborers and sometimes even middle class guys from nearby offices too. Once done, they pack up and leave to come back

another day.

In times before liberalization of Indian economy, many ladies who stayed at home created great food products and sold them to their network. A woman I knew brought clothes in cheap from villages and sold it at higher price to her network. That was her way of earning money for her family. Despite not being educated she was street smart.

Education needs to free us up, instead it makes us slave

The purpose of education is to open up the mind rather than making it slave to job seeking ( when it is hard to get one). Not that everyone can get great ideas but one innovative mind can change the situation and in the process create more employment. Unlearning some of the things that we get taught by college and society is necessary to become innovative.

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Barry Wells August 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Hi Ashvini,

I think you make an excellent point about education and how it can stop people looking for alternative methods of creating an income.

People study and then try finding a job in the field they’re educated in. As you say, the jobs aren’t there and if one state is due to have millions unemployed then I dread to think of the overall picture for the unemployed in India.

We have many here in a similar situation, but with many of ours they’ll just sit with their hand out waiting for dole payments.

I think it’s great that people are taking action and creating businesses for themselves. Everyone needs clothing as we do with feeding and if I ever saw a small stand selling home cooked food that’s where I’d be eating.

I wonder what kind of state the world will be in before we see an end to the mass unemployment.

Let’s hope that we can all turn a corner soon.

Take care Ashvini,

Ashvini Kumar Saxena August 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Hi Barry,
Yeah I believe that sometimes a whole generation just waits on for things to fall in their lap. Due to economic situation at that time, sometimes it makes things more worse.
When I started with Share Juice Pro, someone told me that no one is going to buy it. Gladly they have been proven wrong. At that time if I had this philosophy, I would not have created it and many people would not be using it to their benefit. Taking action is so important and it really works in unexpected ways. I believe government need to encourage small entrepreneurs more because they have all the radical ideas to change the world.

Thanks Barry for your comment :).

Silviu August 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Hi Ashvini,

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Silviu July 31, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Hi Ashvini,

1. Sad situation, indeed. The lack of education takes it’s toll. Also the type of education. What you described is a classic XXth century industrial education. What you want needs a XXIst century post-industrial education. However, the gaps in your country are very , very big. It’s difficult to “burn” phases.
Nevertheless, India has a growing middle class of people who are more and more educated. You succeeded as a country to create an excellent, maybe extraordinary “army” of experts in the IT sector. You will expand and conquer more and more domains. Education will follow.

2. How did you created that byline: “by ASHVINI KUMAR SAXENA”. I am fighting for days to put the author’s name on all my posts and pages but fail miserably (I’m using flexsqueeze theme). I want to set up Google authorship on my blog and this darn theme has no place to put the author’s name.

Have a nice day

Ashvini Kumar Saxena August 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hi Silviu,
Yeah, the situation is not very exciting. People have a tendency to either depend upon doles from the government or waiting for an opportune time to get a “Job” while a million problems go unsolved.
India is a very diverse country and thus it needs more and more diverse solutions but the education is still geared towards learning by rot. I hardly wonder how can one learn any subject if they do not have a sense of wonder. The education does exactly that, destroys wonder.

For the byline part, thesis does it just by a click on the checkbox. It either needs to coded inside your theme or needs to be added before content. Here is the reference , how to get the author url Do let me know if you are facing any problems with this.

Thanks for your comment :)

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