Fortune Tellers Or Fortune Sellers! Time to Audit the Auditors?

The project aims to scrutinize the predictions and suggestions made by consulting companies, etc., vis-à-vis the realities of the past few years. The reports will assess the cost that the government and other institutions made to pay to implement the myopic and fancy recommendations. This report will debunk the false prophecies by the big consultancy companies with facts and numbers.

Responsible Nations’ Index

In the last few years, the world has undergone seismic shifts, and COVID-19 has given us an opportunity to revisit our priorities and the need for global inter-generational planning. We cannot continue to operate in silos anymore. We need to focus on policies and actions which lead to international peace, prosperity, and sustainability. The Responsible Nations’ Index was developed after discussions with various stakeholders globally and aims to focus on policies and actions that further our goals on livability and sustainability. The objective of the index is to rank nations on their responsible behavior as we encourage the nations to transform and become more responsible. RNI ranks countries on the following themes-

  • Quality of life
  • Inter generational Planning
  • Equity
  • Equality
  • Governance
  • International Relations
  • Environment and Sustainability
Unlocking Human Potential (UHP)

The Project has studied the factors maximizing human potential. The existing approach solely focuses on Education, Health, Skills (Human Capital Index, World Bank), which are pseudo-tangibles but give a narrow view on human potential. Beyond these factors, a whole gamut of intangibles play a crucial role in unlocking real human potential. This is the study of Real Intangibles leveraging human potential in the context of achievements and success, irrespective of the availability of material factors. These intangibles are expandable and can be managed, and should become part of the Human Development Ecosystem.

We have interviewed 32 super-achievers who have risen to the top position with minimal resources and privileges about what they thought are critical factors in their success.

sustainable-sutomation

Automation has been adopted across various sectors, and it has led to an increase in productivity and efficiency. However, it has also resulted in the loss of jobs, primarily which are routine and low in value. 

For larger economies, the issue will be productivity and profitability, thus industries will undoubtedly adopt technology and automation, implying that productivity and profit will increase, but at the expense of humans. So, this raises an important question: what is the net gain or net loss of jobs due to automation?

This study examines industries, professions, and countries from the standpoint of technological adoption in relation to automation, as well as the net impact on jobs, and makes recommendations on why sustainable automation as SDG 18 should be adopted.

Mother Earth is Terminally Ill – Is Circular Economy Enough?

Under the current model of consumption ‘take-make-dispose’, energy, labor, and natural inputs are all termed as waste right after consumption of the product. The resources are finitely available and our demands are increasing exponentially. To conserve the natural resources, we need to vertically retain their value in the supply chain via innovations in technological, social, and business operations – A Circular Economy Model.

A circular economy is a model of regenerative production which aims to prove that economic growth doesn’t necessarily lead to environmental degradation if the resources are managed strategically. It proposes a model of ‘Minimal waste’ by keeping the material input in the circular loop either by reusing, then refurbishing or recycling until the final value is degraded to zero. Even with the zero value, the material could be shredded and used as a raw material. This way, a product enters a circular process, and thus, pressure on natural resources is reduced.

The project endeavors to conduct a close and comprehensive study of Public Representatives in India in terms of their productivity and performance. It seeks to scrutinize the amenities provided to them and do a comparative study of the same with other countries to adopt the best practices. A part of the Project also seeks to develop a digital dashboard to measure their performance over various parameters and come up with a final Performance Score.

Draft Culture Policy of India

Indian Culture is multi-dimensional and heterogenous with a shared identity. The country has a Ministry of Culture and a ‘mission’ but does not yet have a National Culture Policy. Thus, the World Intellectual Foundation (WIF) thought of putting together a Draft Culture Policy for India to fill the void of a much-needed framework for a composite culture that has survived onslaughts for at least 5000 years.

The policy paper, built on available resource materials and interviews of stakeholders, attempts to empower individuals through suggestions of improving the existing ecosystem for a rich cultural identity of India.

Civilization By Design

A country’s contribution can never be measured in numbers or by the number of wars it has won, but rather by the impact it has left on the world over the centuries.

One of the oldest civilizations in the world, India, is a mosaic of multicultural experiences. With a rich heritage and myriad attractions, the country covers an area of 3.28 million km2, extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which gives the country a distinct geographical entity. Being the second most populous country in the world, the country has contributed in numerous ways one could think of.

The Project aims to throw light upon the country’s contribution to the world through ancient times and encompasses 9 dimensions, which are:

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Cultural
  • Legal
  • Health
  • Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Social
  • Philosophical and Spirituality
Real cost of Natural Disasters

Based on the geo-climatic and socio-economic conditions, a few states in India are more vulnerable to specific natural disasters than others. Frequent natural disasters have resulted in human casualties and the loss of physical capital.

Moreover, natural disasters adversely affect different sectors of the economy and livelihoods of millions of poor people in developing nations. During the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters also increased the government’s fiscal pressure through rehabilitation and relief distribution measures.

Over the past few decades, governance in India has been weighed down by excessive government formalities and bureaucratic indifference which has introduced red- tapism into the system and curtailed its reach out to people across the country. Rationalization of processes is key to effective and efficient governance and it is an urgent necessity to bring equality. Government regulations can be simplified through elimination of unwanted practices, rules and laws, and by reducing internal official burden on government servants. Regulations should also be periodically reviewed to make them contemporary.