I need Access to succeed in my work.

I need acesss. Access to what you may ask? Access to people mainly.

Backstory

I got into media business not really knowing what media business is. I created hyperlocal media news and information sites. Now the problem is to get stories you need access. It is people who give you information from which you write stories.

The Ethical Dilemma on how to get access.

There is a way to get access. Tell the person who gives you information that you will bat for him. You will promote him or her or their interest. You go to thier parties, drink their booze to gain their confidence. You become part of their group. This is something I am not good at. I also find it unethical. How do I remain impartial and unbiased. The energy I derive to do my unpaying work is through my value of ethics. So the moment I compromise my ethics to get stories, i lose interest in running my media business. This is a complex dilemma.

Can you get access without compromising on your ethics and integirty?

Barkha Dutt in the Radia Tapes scam says, she was just cultivating a source and not compromising her journalistic values. But the moment misleading the souce/access you are compromised in my opinion.

New Paradigm to get access

Now what if the source comes to you instead of you going to him. This is much better scenario to gain access. The big question is why would a source come to you?

Now this is how you reverse engineer a source. You don’t go asking for access, but engineer it that the access comes to you.

Some examples of access coming to you

  1. A college principal going to the student and offering her/him the best course in college and waving off fees.
  2. A politician offering help with news and information cause he needs the story published.
  3. People thinking that you can solve their problems like a fake Sadhu/doctor who gives you placebo pills
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Is METOO also about a share of bigger pie ?

I have been following closely the #metoo movement on twitter. There were some #metoo cases which were mover like drunk sex or bad sex stories. Some stories like Alok Nath and M J Akbar were very serious. What I observed that even the most authentic feminist was also basking on the RT and likes she was getting.

Elitist Movement

Well, we are all human and there is nothing wrong with it. As you know the movement has been labelled as Elitist. We also know that these so called Elitist woman have the responsibility of earning their own living. In Urban India, most of the couples are double income families. To pay the bills in this age of inflation, both husband wives have to earn.

The women are also under extreme stress to earn a living. If she is single than God help her. She has to pay her rents and gym fees also. It is no surprise that these working women are angry on the bro’s whose cash registers are ringing. These bro’s have money and woman until he is outed in a #metoo story.

Blind Spot

What most women don’t realise and are blinded that this is also a phase when there are more people applying for Jobs. Since there are more people who are in a job. The salary which would be given to one person is now divided in two or three. For people who cannot afford that pitiful salary there is the gig economy, where you don’t know when the next gig is coming.

Demographic Catastrophe

India will soon have more than 50% of the population below the age of 25. Women will be under pressure to get a job. The anger at men who will stop her at doing so is going to increase. To add to this by 2035 or is it 2050 half the population is going to live in cities.

How do we diffuse this situation

It’s a global trend. Why didn’t #metoo happen in the 60’s and the 70’s when one earning member could support the family? No there is not going to be a war between men and women, but we are certainly going to see a lot of single men and single women with broken hearts around.

Keep Personal and Professional Away in wake of metoo

The entire #metoo movement got me thinking. Most of the transgressions had appeared at the workplace because the personal/professional space was not respected.

If only people knew that someone who calls you for a drink and dinner late in the night, might also start thinking to try a few tricks.

As the saying goes.

Temptation comes often but opportunity comes seldom.

Social shaming on Social media Rules

Your voices are stifled for long. Social Media has given you the power to be finally heard. You don’t need access to a media mogul now and you can do social shaming all by yourself.

Here are some basic rules you need to follow, below destroying someone’s reputation by social shaming.

Let me cite a sample tweet.

Tweet — “ I want to kill anyone who call me a creep”

Jumping to conclusion and Social Shaming.

Now this person, is being stifled and you shouldn’t come to the following conclusions.

1. He is a Psycopath because he wants to kill someone.

You can ask the following questions to decide this.

Has he threathened you or any person you know off. Is he history sheeter?

OR

2. Oh, since he doesn’t like to be called a creep, let’s call him one or maybe he is one.

Same goes for this one. Has the person creeped you out ?

SKIN IN THE GAME

In short, if you personally (directly or indirectly) have no information about this person, you are in no way harmed. Then you have “no skin in the game”.

If you still decide to defame the person, you are don’t have clarity on the cause. You are cashing #metoo moment because your voice is more powerful than his.

So, use restraint and let the real issues come to the fore.

However your gut instinct tells you to go ahead and shame the person. You feel you will be doing the moment a favour. Then another rule should be followed. This is below.

if you have same chance of losing your reputation or credibility than you have skin in the game.

If you still don’t understand skin in the game concept, you can read Taleb book on the same.

Twitter is on fire with the India #metoo moment. Some of the sensible voices are here. Men also need to be defended an have a right to justice. Read them here

Who and why they sold you the idea of Entrepreneurship.

Who sold you the Entrepreneurial dream? Where did you hear it first time? Most of us are not even conscious of the fact where we first heard the word “Entrepreneur”. Did you hear it as a child, or did you hear it on TV ?

In India, organised corporate sector employs 11% of population. The rest are either running a small business or employed by small businesses.

Where and when did the Entrepreneurial dream begin?

To understand the roots of popularising entrepreneurship, we need to head back to the US of the 1980’s. Keynesian economics was being replaced with Neo-liberal economics. Jimmy Carter privatised airlines, banks, hospitals and host of institutions. Margaret Thatcher was also doing the same in UK. Bargaining power of trade unions were being “systematically” weakened. This was essential for Globalisation. The developed world first lost factory jobs. Manufacturing shifted to countries with cheaper labour. As that wasn’t enough, even the back end office jobs got outsourced.

Unemployment as a consequence of Globalisation

The result of this globalisation was loss of security of a stable jobs. Rise in productivity increases the salary of employees with specialised skills. But the commong man was losing his job. He had no social support, the neo-liberal wave had privatised every social benefit. The ordinary bloke went through sleepless nights. He kept awake thinking about how he is going to pay for his or his families medical bills in case of an emergency. He is now pissed.

To counter this anger and the inability of the government to create jobs. The neoliberal intellectuals made the helpless jobless person in to a loser. They sold him the idea, that if he didn’t have a job, he should become a entrepreneur. They suggested “the best help is self help”. They gave him new age propaganda bullshit that “you can create whatever you can imagine.”

Why did Indians buy the dream of Entrepreneurship ?

First of all Indian economics and media follow the US Template. Our ideology is western, at-least the popular culture. Also it suits the powers. After all elites are not nationalists.

But India has lot of Jobs?

I am not a economist, but India at this point in History has a youngest demographic in its population. We have much more youth waiting to enter the job market and many more competing to maintain their jobs. The Indian common man has no bargaining power with his employers like his counter parts in the west. Of-course we have a thriving middle class and the country is GDP is maintaining its pace. But unfortunately the GDP growth is not translating into “MORE JOBS”.

Narendra Modi and #makeinindia

Narendra Modi government wants to make Indian Manufacturing a tiger again. He is aware of the fact that 50% of Indians are not able to sustain themselves. The government has encouraged startups with its own start fund also.

What’s the point of this post?

I want to remove the rose tinted glasses which you view entrepreneurs. I find it ridiculous to see guys blushing when they talk about Elon Musk. The Government is washing its hand on their responsibility towards helping them. It is saying you help yourself, while we will do some kind of tokenism.

The Reality of the Entrepreneur.

Every small businessman I meet is telling the same story. He is spending too much time in administrative work. The government is arm twisting him, to collect taxes. while the big fishes maintain their unscrupulous stance. This is the reality of the ordinary Entrepreneur.