Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
What gives rise to such pessimism and what effect does this pessimism have on the adoption of collective action and co-operation? And should this pessimism be taken seriously? In the absence of answers to the above questions, more questions arise.
Is the difficulty in achieving collective action and co-operation a plausible reason to be pessimisic about it? If so, can't human nature which is supposed to be responsible for such difficulty be dealt with in a way as to decrease such difficulty (Isn't that the aim of studying CAC?)? Didn't Gandhi do it? By calling him ahead of his times, we discount the possibility of using his ways. Doesn't successful collective action and co-operation give reason to be optimistic because of its very nature, which is quite different from the other ways of doing the same things, for example, through government interventions or the markets which tend to fail in the long run (with questionable success in the short run). Isn't collective action and co-operation, overcoming the acknowledged difficulties, a sustainable way? In this sense, isn't it more reasonable to be optimistic about collective action and co-operation than otherwise?
Monday, January 24, 2011
The idea of collective action prompts one to instantly think that its all about compromising self for the overall good of the whole.But on futher introspection, actions by the collective, actually seem to benefit self at the end of it! Inequalities will prevail; we work our ways to bridge the divide, in the process creating a healthy environment for the self to live and flouish.
Irony is we look narrow down the relm of rationality to such an extend that it facilitates deterioration of the social fabric which by no means shall accommodate the “I”.Wonder if it’s the Fools paradise?!?!
Why do we do what we do? Pondering upon the question, it is amusing to realize that most of it is driven by people around us. We get an invisible strength when we see our companions working on something-the strength to do it ourselves. Am sure I would never have ventured into the world of blogging had I not seen so many of my batch mates doing it! To me it is the most important characteristic of collective action: it brings empowerment, in a more effortless way than individual action does.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
This is example from Malpur village in Bihar where there was absence of the health care facility due to the absence of infrastructure . The building was in a very bad condition in which the health care was impossible. T people from the village needed to visit the block hospital or the district headquarters for treatment. Thus the villagers decided to take a collective action when no help came from government to renovate the building. So capital was collected from every household of the village for the building material. Labor from among the villagers reduced the cost for the renovation. Finally the building was renovated in four month time and continuous medical facility became available to the villagers. So in case of emergency like snake bite primary first aid can be made available quickly thus saving precious life .
We had heard and learnt that in co-operatives there is common goal of all the members for benefit of all but some time it is for benefit of whole mankind and it binds the people.
In Thana village of Dist. Dehradoon (Uttarakhand) though there is disparity on the basis of caste and class but people of village come together for construction of the road and plantation of trees by Sharam daan (voluntary labour) in their area as it was the need of commons. This action takes them closer and teaches them to work together for social cause.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
My question is that should An external facilitator look to detach itself from the collective action after a point of time? If yes then when can URMUL or any other institution take such a step?
Now, looking at the coercive action that we need to be cunning enough to distribute our time and resource over blog space in such a way that it maximises our incentives, be it marks, Gyan or social recognition.
If the incentives are not there then you wouldn’t find many takers. So, only posts with high returns would invite maximum number of replies and the self interest is bound to take back seat, at least theoretically if not practically. Hence, incentives in collective action are of paramount importance.
Keep posting. :)
When the universe was created a debate started between 'Devs' (Gods) and 'Danavas' (Demons) who are more powerful and it seemed to take the shape of battle. Indra meanwhile thought lets ask 'Brahma' (The Creator of Universe) whom he bestowed with greater powers and virtues and somehow convinced the two sides to refer this debate to Brahma. Meanwhile hearing this Brahma replied that both are equally important and powerful as the 2 eyes complement each other and both eyes together makes the 'vision'. Needless to say both sides persisted so Brahma told them to come on feast next day where he will announce his decision. Next day Devas and Danavas appeared for feast but they were surprised by the condition to eat. The winner would be the one who finished first and had minimum wastage of food. Each one of them were given a spoon with a long handle and they had to eat grasping the end of spoon and they were not allowed to use hands. After much of time passed Danavas began to eat with spoon but it wasted a lot of food wheras Devas decided to feed other Dev with his spoon while other reciprocated the same. With this method thay managed to eat fast with zero wastage and were announced winners.
So, within each of us lies the Deva and Danava and it is we who decide the winner...the Deva will work together, learns to share and prefer win-win situation(abundance mentality) for all. Whereas Danava will be selfish, selfcenterd and have scarcity mentality. The human mind is its own place and can make a hell of heaven or heaven out of all. If we think world as a one family and if we work together and learn to share world would be better place but only question is 'if'....
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Let us imagine the classical problem of regenerating a river, that was dead because of 'tragedy of the commons'. How are the differential benefits in up-lands and low-lands creating a new collective action problem when we regenerate this river? Do you think PES is the right solution to commons management?