A Week of Unreasonable Growth
As I sat next to Tyler on a reclining chair on the portico, eating barbecued veggies off a skewer, he asked me, “So what did you do all of last week at the Unreasonable Institute?” That conversation lasted for 3 hours and I still didn’t finish telling him everything I had done.
I had figured out our legal structure through Joy Anderson’s Structure Lab, and am being helped by two of the Unreasonable Institute staff members and their resident lawyer to fill out the form to file for 501(C)3 status for Kranti.
I had improved the content of our website through Lindsey Clinton’s mentor session on content writing session. Lindsey is the editor of Beyond Profit , a magazine that reports social ventures, their successes and failures and has readership in 55 countries- the perfect profile to guide us to write the content for Kranti’s website!
There are also many lessons I transferred to Robin, zooming it through to her on virtual space. I taught her (and I hope that means that she’s learnt!) how to make our enemies our allies and collaborate with them instead of compete with them to duplicate our impact.
There are so many contacts I have made who want to fund ventures in India whose impact is empowering women that I won’t waste my time listing here (although I have an extensive list that I have been following up on daily, so no worries there! We definitely love our money!). But more important than the funding is the exposure Kranti has been promised. I have networked with Cassandra, who organises the V-Day program in Colorado University every year. She not only expressed interest in donating $15,000 to Kranti that will be raised during V-Day 2011, but also wanted to perform monologues written by our revolutionaries about their lives. I hugged Cassandra for 5 whole minutes without letting her go! This is all part of the master plan! The world will find out about the success of our revolutionaries so they can value women for their intellects and capabilities and not just their bodies.
And all this is discounting the dinner table and couch conversations I have had with the fellows, mentors and staff, stretching on till 4 in the morning. Although these went unrecorded and unaccounted for, they have changed my life. I have been challenged: where I was able to defend my beliefs, my beliefs became stronger, and where I saw sense in my Unreasonable conversationist’s argument, I changed my beliefs and in doing so matured and grew as a person. Now I’m ready to bring all these beliefs and values to Kranti for the success of our revolutionary movement for gender equality.