Friday, 1 April 2016

Inspire to Innovate Storytelling Movement Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 8

My Dear Student Friends,

This is Dr. Ravi Saripalle, Believer and Mentor, Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement. Welcome to “Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 8. Hope you enjoyed reading my previous letter. These letters are making all institutions connected across North to South & East to West, for one good cause, Inspire to Innovate. Today you are survived if you can create your own story and impact in the society. However, creating a story for yourself is not that simple as we speak. The reason is effortless. I did little research in this space. Students need to transition from WORD to WORLD. Then you can create your own story. Some students are stuck up at WORD stage, and missing WORLD needs. Some students are fortunate enough to study WORLD, but missing WORD is not helping them in creating their story. Large portion of students are stuck up in between and confused which direction to go first (towards WORD or towards WORLD). These NEWS Letters are addressing those students who are confused and in state of dilemma. Inspire to Innovate Storytelling Movement helps in five ways: 1. By reading or hearing powerful stories, one would set vision for himself and execute goals without any external influence (impacts reticular cortex function in the human brain ) 2. Powerful Stories invoke one’s own choice of natural intelligence 3. Powerful story is an edutainment (education + entertainment) 4. This process cuts-down the re-skilling cost as individual inspires and learns skill on his / her own rather external push. 5. Locations where these stories are created become innovative. Inspire through Storytelling - Innovate for Life turning is MISSION. IT is a DUTY of every CITIZEN to handhold next generation.

In the previous issue, I discussed about definition of success. There is famous book named "Sometimes we will win  Sometimes you will Lose Learn" by John C. Maxwell. Many entrepreneurs digest this philosophy and execute it without deviation. We discussed about Bill Gates previous venture at Traf-O-Data before Microsoft, Thomas Edison's life history, Walt Disney failures before creating most successful, creative and imaginative virtual world on the earth, Henry Ford's initial failures before building a successful venture, Ford Motor Company, Hajabba, a poor orange seller, motivation behind starting a school in spite of his adversities, Oprah Winfrey's challenges during her childhood before becoming most successful TV talk show and billionaire anchor, and the inspiring statistics about 100 (billionaires) richest people (2013 based- 73 self-made with 18 no college degree, 36 poor parents and some both), etc. Trust you are inspired and they are useful.

Dear Friends, Hope you are doing well in your exams. Sun is scorching. Temperature got increased to 45 degrees in some parts and getting heat waves alert. Did you ever find the reasons for these abnormalities? Partially, there are manmade reasons. What could be the consequence? Of course it is no brainer, affect our water resources. If this is the rate of increase, every water drop becomes precious and equally weighs with blood drop. Consequently leads to water wars and blood baths. No one wishes that situation and deserves the plight. who can avert this situation? who can turn around these circumstances? Can I blame my grandparents to this state of affairs? It is unfair. Can I fault my parents? It is too late. Can I take the responsibility? Yes or No, but little impact. Then I can shed the responsibility on you? Again unfair but you have to take undisputed ownership to save the earth. Save your future. I may sound illogical but what to do? You have the energy to recover from this turmoil. You have power to build green planet. You have enough time to see the results, learn from them, unlearn from them and relearn from them. I plea, request, beg you. Wake up now. You are the savior. You are like knight in shining armour!   

Recently I read an article in I really got thrilled. City Pride School at Nigdi Pradhikaran in Pimpri- Chinchwad has been innovatively saving water. They found many students tend to throw the remaining water in their water bottles when they move out of school. School houses more than 1600 students and even if they throw 200 ml, it counts to 300-400 lts of water. This concept made them to install buckets in their path and requested students to pour in those buckets which could be used for moping the floor and making green cover in the campus. Surprisingly this formula worked for them. It is not just saving water but it is real education. It is culture building exercise. You know what, students are harvesting tomatoes, lady fingers, spinach etc and their kitchen garden project is most successful. I am radically thinking in lines to one of the parents of the school which was stated in the article. I am sending this NEWS letter to more than 10000+ schools, colleges and universities every month. if one school saves 300 liters per day, 10000 institutions can save 30,00,000 liters per day across India! Oh my god! More than number of liters, what kind of culture we build for tomorrow?

Rajendra Singh, also called as water man of India, from Rajasthan, who won Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as Nobel Prize in water. He founded an NGO called Tarun Bharat Sangh in 1975. He started building johads ( rainwater storage tank) in 1 single village and movement spread to more than 8600 johads which collects rain water for dry seasons, brought water back to 1000 villages and saved 5 important rivers. He took lot of hardship to promote this culture of building check dams. He scarified his government job and personal life and fighting for this great cause. We need to salute for his unrelenting efforts to save the mother earth. What kind of inspiration he brings? What kind of responsibility we own from his example? Think about it friends.(wikipedia)    

Recently I was reading about Manoj Bhargava, an Indian-American billionaire, in and in, who is trying to solve water crisis through his Rain Maker project, which converts any existing water (including salt water) into drinkable water at the rate of 1000 gallons per hour! It is yet to be released in the market. But once it is, it is going to solve water crisis in coastal areas! Machinery does not occupy more than car size! This tool imitates nature. It recycles its heat energy and makes it clean and efficient! He is philanthropic and donated most of his wealth to develop sustainable solutions like The Free Electric, with which Pedaling for one hour produces electricity for 24 hours. He is also trying to develop blood flow machine which reduces the workload on heart. Amazing work done by Manoj Bhargava! Founded Billions in Change, truly working towards such billion change tools! Thank you Manoj and World needs many more such solutions from you.    

Similar to Rajendra Singh, Dr. Peter Morgan is another water hero and received 2013 Stockholm Water Prize. He made remarkable contribution in the field of water technology and sanitation. I was reading his contributions from Dr. Morgan made 2 important inventions, “B” type Bush Pump (raise water from anywhere between 3 meters to 100 meters and 15-35 liters per minute) and the Blair Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrine (solved 2 issues- smell, flies) which became defacto standards in Zimbabwe. By 2013 statistics, there are 50,000 “B” type Pumps installed in Zimbabwe. VIP latrine designed in such a way that there is flow of air which ensures no smell and vent pipe with screen ensures that no flies enter in it. Generally files enter into latrine because of smell and follow light to get out. These 2 problems are resolved. For more information, please read What kind of noble motivation one should have to solve such grassroots issues? These are the stories inspire us! Fills energy to do something noble and save the mankind.

Let me share another innovative water purifying technology developed by Yuichi Katsuura, founder of Nippon Basic Co., Ltd, Japan ( Nippon Basic developed Bicycle type water purifying system called Cycloclean. It can produce drinking water by pedaling a bicycle. Raw or Unclean water can be sourced from any water source mechanism. What an innovation? It has wide application in Indian context. You should work more towards such simple solutions which are affordable, sustainable and comfortable. Thank you Nippon Basic for bringing such innovative solution in the market.  

Water and Sanitation are interlinked. In this context, I would like to share story of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, an Indian sociologist, founder of Sulabh International who dedicated and started movement for sanitation and hygiene. He combined technical innovations with humanitarian philosophy. Organization works with 50,000 Sulabh volunteers, biogas linkage to Sulabh toilets (160 biogas plants installed so far), fermentation plants, clean water rich in phosphorus and connected to make organic manure. This movement is reducing greenhouse emissions. Developed two-pit pour-flush toilet (Sulabh Shauchalaya System), made it affordable and comfortable. He could able to liberate nearly more than a million scavengers from subhuman occupation of cleaning excreta of others and carrying it as head-load. Provided rehabilitation and education / vocational training to their children. Constructed more than 7,500 public toilets in public systems and more than 10 million people using them daily. He created good business model as well - pay and use model. Developed convenient technology which takes just 10 days to degrade the waste, without churning. Dr Pathak received Stockholm Water Prize in year 2009, Padma Bhushan and so many other important awards. What kind of inspiration he is brining to all of us? For more information, Please do read You will understand the depth of the problem and his work and achievements!

My Dear Friends, Hope you found useful reading these inspirational stories! Hope you got inspired to do good for better society! Inspire, Inspire and Inspire!!! Friends, I appreciate your valuable time. I will again see you in my next letter. Thank you for giving me this great opportunity to write to you and help me to learn, unlearn and relearn in this process. I personally thank all websites, authors who are publishing / writing such an inspiring stories for common good and contributing for better world. Thank you Authors and Websites.

With Best Wishes
Dr. Ravi Saripalle

About Author:    Dr. Ravi Saripalle is Mentor and Believer of Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement. He is also Director, Center for Innovation, GVP College of Engineering (A), Vizag, AP, India. As part of Inspire to Innovate (i2i) Storytelling Movement, Dr.Ravi is trying to spread inspiration through real time case studies in the form of short stories, embedding them in the form of letters (epistolary form) and sending them to 10K+ schools, colleges, universities across India. Also conducting Storytelling Workshops to inspire students for select students. Providing customized mentoring to specific inspired students. Dr. Ravi is having more than 17 years of experience in Industry, Consultancy, Training, Mentoring and Research. Prior to this current role, Dr. Ravi worked with Wipro Technologies for more than a decade. Dr Ravi can be reached at saripalle.ravi@gmail,com or or

Links to previous letters

1.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 7 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)

2.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 6 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)

3.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 5 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)

4.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 4 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)

5.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 3 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)

6.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 2 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India)

7.      Letter to Student Series- Volume 1 and Issue 1 (Inspire To Innovate (I2i) Storytelling Movement @ Students Of India) 

Disclaimer: The goal of this i2i letter series campaign is to inspire students / youth through storytelling and develop innovative leaders to build strong nation. In this process, I have taken several data points from various websites, NEWS articles, books, videos etc. I sincerely thank all the editors for providing such an insightful stories and information. To the best of my knowledge, I tried to acknowledge all the sources. I sincerely apologize for any omissions, grammatical mistakes and hurting any reader’s sentiments. I request all the readers to understand the spirit behind this effort. This effort doesn’t involve any commercials. Letter series is for free distribution.