After the major forest fire in Valparaiso, I was there to volunteer. We collected two truck loads of stuff that we gathered from Renaca.
I was volunteering with #TwitterosSolidarios as they were receiving donations.
It was splendid to see so many people coming out to help. But other side of the table was complete chaos.
I want to talk about the process being opted to handle donation and suggest probably what could be a better way to manage it.
However, there are some riders:
This is what happens in reality:
Here are couple of disadvantages of the system:
Here is my proposal:
New process for categorization:
Here are some of the interventions with new process:
Hope someone finds it useful!
Once you have applied online they will let you know if you are selected or not by publishing on their website and by sending you an email. (Though I didn’t receive email)
Once you receive email and you send confirmation about your participation they send you a welcome pack.
Under welcome pack you are expected to send your passport details and scanned copy of passport.
Now, they will send you the invitation code for Visa and you have to do lots of other stuff.
I have described couple of things here:
1. Get PCC (Police clearance certificate): For all the team members you have to get PCC you need to be in the location of issue of your passport or you need some ID proof for the address of current location. Now this is really tricky or the trickiest part of entire process.
You can apply online for the PCC here: (Follow the steps mentioned on the site)
Then you have to pay online and get an appointment to nearest PSK (Passport seva kendra) from the same site.
Remember: Some sites do not offer PCC service. Hence confirm before making online payment.
To apply for PCC you need two references, locally. So please keep their address and phone number handy. You need to be in town when you get PCC.
When you go for appointment: Carry the receipt from the online form you have filled, Passport copy and your address proof for the city in which you are applying for PCC. (List of valid documents are available on the site. Rent agreement is not considered a valid document)
Average time it takes to get PCC is 10 - 15 days.
2. Now you should get in touch with consulate to know the documents required for VISA. You need to get health check up done. So check with consulate on where and what kind of health check up you need to get done.
3. Ticketing: If you are flying from India, most flight will be going through London and USA. Both the places require transit visa for you to travel. If you have a valid and stamped visa for US, you can take this route. But if you don’t have, then you have two options:
1. Choose a flight route which doesn’t require any transit Visa. Ideally flights going through gulf / Africa and Brazil to Santiago. Even flights from Europe are considered valid options.
2. Get a Transit Visa for UK and OR US. You have to apply for Transit Visa before departing from the country. Cost of getting transit Visa for UK is roughly 5 to 10K and cost of getting US transit Visa is about 10K (All amount in INR) It takes about 10 - 15 days to get one Transit Visa. Based on your flight itinerary you need to check how many Transit Visa you need.
However first one is preferable over second.
Kejriwal seems to have pulled it off. I like him a lot, rather admire him a lot for reasons quite different than why most of the people like him. Kejriwal pulled off an excellent marketing campaign in Delhi. Right when he started his campaign I was in awe with the whole shit. From communication that reflects real understanding of your consumer. Simplicity, by which everyone can understand, positioning, that a large population can relate with. All in all it was an incredible campaign.
Lets see how to convert rupees into paisa:
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.Lord of the rings.
I was traveling in train from Delhi to Ahmedabad, where a Family of four joined my cabin. They (Father) seem to be working in Government department, Father barely had some education and were talking in typical rural Gujarati language. He must be in his early 40s and had a fat belly. His Wife was also from a rural background with no or very little education. She was a housewife and hardly knew anything about the world. They had two kids (one daughter and one son). Both had weird face features that was typical of rural background.
We believe learning is an integral part and everyone should keep learning continuously. Hence we started having ‘Monday Jazz’ A ted like session where we all get 15 minutes to talk on a topic, which is being selected individually from a pool of topics. This pool of topics are contributed from everyone in the team, the only catch is one can not select the topic suggested by oneself.
The idea to swap the process was to see how it works when you want to learn something, but instead of learning by self you expect someone else to teach / enlighten you.
It has been an interesting journey so far. Some sessions are interesting and eye opening and some are extremely boring. We cover topics from ‘future of learning’, ‘How does human mind learn’ to ‘illuminati’ to ‘Business lessons from Mahabharata’ (just to name a few) But all in all its quite useful and interesting.
Let me confess. The first line in this blog is a lie. We didnt started this monday jazz because we realized that learning is an integral part and all. We started these sessions because Mondays were really really boring. And we wanted to do something interesting and this just felt right. We have weekend before and this forces us to learn and prepare something to present all.
We have also tried couple of variations in this. Once we decided to work on moonshot. Which means everyone will think of any big problem in the world they will like to solve and how. Our next idea we are trying is a competition called ‘Nail a concept’. Since we are in education and we are working our assess off on understanding various and the best ways to teach a given concept from lower order to higher order and how to best segment different content, we decided that each one will pick up a concept and share / demonstrate the concept in a way that should give a feeling of ‘WOW’ / ‘AWE’ to the viewer. Its completely open, we can demonstrate outstanding content, assessment, Dissection, learning path, segmentation anything that can be or is being done in TAO.
So its a sunday night and tomorrow I need to present on some topic. I decided I wont sleep till I get something really outstanding, but I am not good in academics and I am really struggling to conclude something that will bring that ‘WOW’ or ‘AWE’ feeling.
And the worst part: Instead of putting my time in working on the concept, I am here writing this blog post, for no reason.
I think this is good enough realization that I should stop writing and go back to working on ‘Nail a concept’.