I have a dream… Well Almost!


The world is changing. Nothing profound about that and I am certain everyone agrees.

Now listen to my dream..

Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Enterprises, Social Entrepreneurship are all Transitional mechanisms in a changing world.

Soon CSR. SB/SE would all transition into smaller more local efforts. Another set of Transitional mechanisms would replace them.

There would be Community Enterprises that do not ever dream of becoming bigger than the communities within which they operate.

More and more open knowledge and support would become available to these Community Enterprises and production and services would become more and more local.

Many big Corporations would vanish but some huge Corporations would of-course co-exist with these community Enterprises in the second phase of transition. These corporations would thrive and perhaps grow bigger as long as their Economies of Scale remain relevant and they learn to adapt. For Example consumer product giants would begin to supply machinery to manufacture soaps, detergents, toothpaste locally using more and more local raw materials and formulae.

Governments would encourage its officers to convert their departments into local community enterprises.

Soon Communities would become more and more self sufficient and autonomous (a-la-Gandhi). Open Governance models with strong Democratic practices and a much reduced number of ministerial portfolios would come into being.

Currencies would be replaced, community good / social good would also get formalised in the new Money.

Oops! I dare not dream further… I need to earn some money for the household expenses for December and have to find some work to do that. 

here is a mindmap that illustrates the New economy more comprehensively than my rambling dream 🙂

New Economy mindmap


About Gunasekar C Rajaratnam

Social Entrepreneur, Guna has been working 28 years with market research and social research agencies and as an independent research consultant. Volunteers most of his time on social and public causes and has travelled extensively within India and has visited Africa. Trained as a barefoot manager, Guna leads a de-cluttered life of simplicity and personal Integrity and aims to be a 'Karmayogi'. He works with marginalised and rural communities and helps them set up sustainable enterprises in rural and urban areas. He holds these Positions: Director - Methodlabs Services Private Limited Co-Founder - Coworking Chennai Started as a freelance field data collector in 1985, grew up to a Senior General Manager in 1998 working for professional research agencies and as an Independent Research Methodology Consultant since 1998. He has designed and played a role in implementing a variety of research and analytic projects in retail markets, consumer behaviour, health, environment, social development, hard to reach communities and indigenous people. Specialities: Research Methodology, recruiting, training and managing large research teams, online collaboration tools, open source software, qualitative and quantitative research techniques, clinical and laboratory research practices and Knowledge management. Domain knowledge in Industrial diversification, marketing, retail markets, appropriate technologies, social development, health, sexual health, environment, urban wildlife, communities and indigenous people

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