Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Beautiful Vision

I recently attended a conference on "Women 2.0" (revolving around Women in the Technology Industry) on the occasion of Woman's Day - March 8th. Missed a few sessions in the first part of the day but caught up with some sessions in the afternoon. Quite a few interesting topics like Entrepreneurship, Juggling Professional & Personal Life, Feminine Leadership, Skill Building for Women, and Innovation were on the agenda in the afternoon.

To be honest, I guess I was not fully engaged all the time as the presence of a friend forced me to indulge in some chatting and giggling as well. But what I want to share here is something on innovation (a topic that gets me enormously excited, all the time, every time).

The session on Innovation was a panel discussion involving 3 women with many patents to their credit, a HR head, and a facilitator from an Innovation Consulting firm. As I sat listening to them, the facilitator revived my interest in the Aravind Eye Hospital (I've heard and read about it many a time and also got to read a really huge case study/story on this a year or so ago). She spoke about how Dr. Venkataswamy (the key person behind Aravind Eye Hospital) got innovative and learned from an industry nowhere related to the medical field** and succeeded in making a difference to many poor people across the country. She also mentioned about the availability of a video of the story on YouTube, that I'd not heard about before. (In case you're interested, I found it to be here). The video is nicely done and worth your time.

Two things about the story that strike me as fascinating and wonderful are that one can be inspired by something that is seemingly ridiculously irrelevant (the process of conducting surgical operations a la McDonald's business operations :-)) and Dr. Venkataswamy's thought at the end of the video - "Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful". Now, I am going to take the liberty of adding that "beautiful" here means something that touches people/society....something related to the welfare of people/world at large....something that one will feel proud of....something that makes life better, for many people!

** As I've reflected before on this blog, we should not underestimate the power of analogies in the area of innovation.

4 comments:

brocasarea said...

thanks for the video!...we too were told to participate in womens day march in BMCRI but due to postings we couldn't do it!...and here Minto eye hospital[Bangalore] is actively involved in providing quality eye care to the people!:)

Nimmy said...

Yup....i've heard about Minto!! :)

Bill Field said...

Let me take a liberty as well- by your own definition that "'beautiful' here means something that touches people/society....something related to the welfare of people/world at large....something that one will feel proud of....something that makes life better, for many people!"
Then, quite simply, my friend, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!- Because, you are adding so many positive ideas and thoughts to a reality that can desperately need them. CHANGE is a good thing, the more we embrace it, and the less we fear it, the more wonderful things can evolve and become the norm and NOT the exception! Maybe the song "Beatiful Dreamer" should be changed to "Beautiful THINKER!"

Nimmy said...

Hey Bill! Good to see you here again :-) Hows you?

And, well, honestly....I dont know what to say! First of all, thanks a ton for the lovely comment....I believe I just ramble endlessly and say whatever I feel like on my blog....

I rarely think twice about exposing my silly and sometimes surprising thoughts (I guess the thoughts are somewhat nice when I am inspired and influenced by something in nature or maybe a good human...i.e. when I happen to connect with some superior power)....

Hope I continue to get inspired and influenced by all the good in the world and pass on the inspiration to interested folks like you... :-)
Have a great week!