The Top 1,000 Things to Know

Seth Godin blogs about the “the one thousand teachable things that every third grader ought to start learning so she’ll know them all before before she graduates from high school.” In the list:

1. How to type.
2. How to speak in front of a group.
3. How to write clear prose that other people actually want to read.
4. How to manage a project.
5. The most important lessons from American history.
6. What the world’s religions have in common.
7. Evolution.
8. Formal logic.
9. The 15,000 most common English words.
10. Conversational Spanish.
11. How to handle big changes, with grace.
12. How to run a small business.
13. Basic chemistry.
14. Not arithmetic, but algebra.
15. A little geometry, a little calculus.
16. The most important lessons from ten other world cultures and their history.
17. Speed reading with comprehension.
18. How to sell.
19. Pick one: how to paint, write a poem, compose a song or juggle really well.
20. Understanding the biographies of 500 important historical figures and 200 fictional ones.

A follow-up post adds another 10 to the list.

How To Inspire Your Team

Brad Feld points ot an article in CIO Magazine. It talks about trust, hope, enjoyment, and opportunity. “As a leader, you have the power to influence people and therefore their performance. If you believe in creating an environment where trust, optimism, enjoyment and personal growth are encouraged, then you will build a sustainable, high-performing teamand, in the process, create many new leaders.”

ITC’s e-Choupal Initiative

Indra Sharma outlines the key points about it:

The Choupal is a Hindi word for village square where elders meet to discuss matters of importance. The letter “e” has brought in a computer with an Internet connection for farmers to gather around and interact not just among themselves but with people anywhere in the country and even beyond. ITC installs a computer with solar-charged batteries for power and a VSAT Internet connection in selected villages. The computer’s functioning is free from the usual troubles of power and telecom facilities in rural area. A local farmer called sanchalak (conductor) operates the computer on behalf of ITC, but exclusively for farmers. The e-choupal offers farmers and the village community five distinct services:

Information: Daily weather forecast, price of various crops, e-mails to farmers and ITC officials, news-all this in the local language and free of cost.

Knowledge: Farming methods specific to each crop and region, soil testing, expert advice-mostly sourced from agriculture universities-all for free.

Purchase: Farmers can buy seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and a host of other products and services ranging from cycles and tractors to insurance policies. Over 35 companies have become partners in the e-choupal to sell their products through the network.

Sales: Farmers can sell their crops to the ITC centres or the local market, after checking the prices on the Net.

Development work: NGOs working for cattle breed improvement and water harvesting, and women self-help groups are also reaching villages through e-choupal. In some states farmers can even access their land records online, sitting in their village. Access to health and education services through e-choupal begins next month.

– 5,050 choupals, 29,500 villages, 3.1 million farmers.
– Using e-choupal to source a range of farm produce (foodgrains, oilseeds, coffee, shrimps).
– Marketing a variety of goods and services though e-choupal (agri-inputs, consumer goods, insurance, market research).
– Transactions: $100 m (2003)
– To reach 1,00,000 villages, 10 million farmers by 2010.
– [Plan to] source a larger range of farm produce (spices, vegetables, cotton).
– [Aims to] market a wider variety of goods and services (education, health, entertainment, e-governance)
– Transactions: $2.5 billion (2010)