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Unexpected scenarios like economic recession can create an environment of unrest within the organizational climate, thereby making its employees incompetent with identifying the right opportunity and applying their creative skills to change the situation. The answer lies in coming up with innovative products and services, which keep the interest of customers ignited, thereby ensuring that they remain surrounded by the brand, even in times of uncertainty.

Stay Focused On The Opportunity In Adversity

It is very important to have a focused approach when designing a strategy for achieving organizational objectives. Focus always has to be on the future. Being a visionary helps one to anticipate risks and opportunities, thereby formulating solutions (in the form of products and services) on a continuous basis.

An excellent example of this mindset can be seen in the decision of Apple CEO, Mr Steve Jobs, who did not choose to turn his back towards on IT industry, when it witnessed the downfall of many firms, as they opted to downsize their business. Instead, he had the courage to believe in the potential of his R&D team and inspired them to continue their efforts towards bringing new and improved products. As a result, Apple had an entirely new product in the market by the name of iTunes, which was used as a platform for downloading songs by a large number of people, worldwide.

Don’t Become A ‘Boiled Frog’

Change is never abrupt. It is advisable to adapt on a continuous basis by formulating flexible policies that guide the workflow in an organization. These policies should be able to accommodate minor and slow changes, along with giving a room to professionals within the organization, for learning new strategies of coping up with these changes.

It’s all about being ambitious and finding ways to grow and fulfill the unmet needs of your customer. Innovation is an investment that might not seem relevant when market timing is bad, but it’s one definite solution to boost the business of any organization, if it makes a relevant contribution in the lives of its customers.

In the era of Great Depression, which saw unemployment as one of its features, a magazine named Fortune was launched. Although it seemed a pricey investment due to its exorbitant price, an annual profit of $500,000 (by 1937) spoke volumes about the relevance of the decision taken by Henry R Luce, to explore the lives of those who survived the economic crisis.

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Perspective – It is an important determinant of the ability of an organization to survive during times of crisis. Disruptive innovation is an approach that successful organizations employ to climb the ladder of customer expansion. His network grew rapidly, and in 2011 he made a loan every 17 seconds. Kick Start is another nonprofit, that helps people create cheap irrigation systems for farmers and makes soil blocks for building houses. Entrepreneurs from Africa buy these kits and build their small-scale business. These are some of the accomplishments of DIY innovators, and their impact can be felt at all levels of the pyramid.

Be the change you wish to create, you already have the resources, think of a way to utilize them to create the change


Overcome The Fear Of Failure

Failure is important to generate new ideas. Baba Shiv studied neuro-economics and divided humans into two categories when he considered a risk. A group of people is afraid of losing; the second group is ashamed to make mistakes.

Mistakes and failures open opportunities for innovation. A person cannot be successful if he does not prepare to take big risks. Many of the great innovations were created by young people before they were thirty years old.

Thinking outside the box is our only way to reach abundance. Since developing technologies for abundance means thinking big and taking big risks, the first thing to do is to prepare individuals to take a risk, and not be afraid.

Ratan Tata told The Economist, “Failure is a gold mine. If we can learn from our mistakes, then this is not a failure.” He then narrated how his company gives awards for the best unsuccessful idea. Another idea to overcome our fear of failure is to make a quick prototype of an idea so that we can know where we are headed.

Michael Schrage, an MIT researcher, created the 5 * 5 * 5 method. Five teams, five people, have five days to create five business plans that cannot cost more than five thousand dollars and five weeks of work. This methodology makes use of two very strong concepts to bring innovation: small groups and the power of constraints. This method is used by companies trying to move forward in particular areas.

Leverage The Power Of Small Groups

Four things control change: the desire to learn something new is the first stimulant. Fear is so much stronger and allows you to do extraordinary things.

Making money is the third motivating power. And finally, our ultimate motivator is the desire for self-realization. To speed things up, incentives can play an important role.

The problem with large organizations is that they have a lot to lose and can not risk. Hence, small groups have a greater chance of reaching the impossible.

Go The Philanthropic Way

Techno-philanthropist is a new type of philanthropist who has the potential to use technology to change the world. Today, techno-philanthropists have realized that problems in one part of the world affect people in the other as well since we all share the same ecosystem.

What is the best way to spend your fortune, if not to help humanity? Bill Gates and Warren Buffet had the idea of giving half of their fortunes to charity after and before death.

Create The Change, Don’t Wait For It

Why should we wait for a change to happen when we are well equipped with the tools for abundance? We do not need the support of government and corporations. Individuals cooperating and sharing ideas on a mutual platform is enough for a change.

Abundance is only possible if we believe in it. Once our dreams become our thoughts, the thought becomes our actions and actions can bring the changes we need.

So the first thing to do is to change how we look at things. Be optimistic about the future and plan for abundance. Only then can we achieve what we have long wanted: abundance.

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Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

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