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Postby Siddharth Desai » Wed May 25, 2011 7:27 pm

From what I know , Mood Indigo(the cultural festival of IIT Bombay), every year takes up a social cause. So maybe we can collaborate with such festivals of different colleges including the IITs,IIMs,BITs et al.
So for example , lets say that 'mitigate corruption' is the social cause undertaken. Here we can collaborate with the festival and club our project with it.
Just a thought..
Pls suggest to develop/modify/polish the idea further..
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Re: College Festivals

Postby Kislay » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:38 am

Its a very good and implementable idea to club a social movement or cause with a college festival. There is a huge gathering of youth at these festivals which makes it is easier to spread a message and cause an impact. However care must be taken that it does not turn into another round of rhetoric where people just pay lip service to the issues at hand. Call me a cynic if you will, but there has been an increasing trend that these social causes degenerate into another discussion forum where people cry themselves hoarse, voicing opinions on every social issue imaginable. But nothing concrete ever gets done. There's hardly any pro-active ground work or even a follow-up. While spreading awareness is all well and good, its imperative that such a big congregation of educated and, i daresay, dedicated individuals does not go waste.

The need of the hour is to come up with tasks or goals which are feasible and and actually help someone at the end of the day. They might not grab headlines but at least will do justice to the idea. Now, there are a few things we can actually do apart from giving symbolic support:

Donating Blood : easy, quick and sure helps. But there's only so much you can donate as blood banks have a limit on storage. Have them install a donation camp at the site.
Pledging Organs : similar but demands more involvement from the individual(medical tests etc.)
Cleanliness Drives : Making a competition out of collecting garbage and cleaning up places of value like a beach, monument, water-body, natural heritage etc.
Making Products : Again a similar competition where participants recycle material to make things of use like paper bags, ropes and stuff from rags
Partnering NGOs : Allowing them to set up shop and helping them out in their work.
Adopting a community/village/school : This is a bigger project where the festival takes up the cause of improving the condition of the aforementioned with regular follow-up.
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Re: College Festivals

Postby Siddharth Desai » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:43 pm

Hi,
Ya.. Does seem reasonable enough..

So can we not get an esteemed panel and let them debate/discuss issues pertaining to our cause and how Rakshak Foundation is striving to deal with the issue. We can have these panel debates in air conditioned auditoriums and they do draw the crowd. We can reach out to people , make them aware and ask them to do their bit in improving the situation. Like Voting/Filing RTI applications et al..
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Re: College Festivals

Postby Kislay » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:02 pm

Hi,
Yes you should definitely have that. What I'm trying to point out is that we should also have on-ground activities related to those issues, whenever you have such a debate. This, in part, ensures that people do not forget the cause the moment they walk out of the auditorium. The idea is to make it less preachy and more involving. As a very basic example, in case of asking people to vote, you can put up a stall of Jaago Re or any other which helps them get a voter ID, get them registered etc.
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Re: College Festivals

Postby Siddharth Desai » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:31 pm

yep.. seems pretty awesome an idea.. n viable as well..
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