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As part of the Millennial Dream project, the Pond Deshpande Centre invited me to join a small delegation to Hubli, India to see first hand the strength of an ecosystem powered by social entrepreneurship, triple bottom line businesses, and entrepreneurial-minded NGOs.
One of the stops we made was the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya School that is inspiring kids to learn and master their ancient culture through music and dance. They believe that empowering disadvantaged children through academics and music will enable them to find meaningful and well-paid employment, which will break the cycle of persistent poverty. The visit opened my eyes to the power of traditional music education. The sense of purpose and intense passion of these children was awe-inspiring.
This school is an excellent example of new economy education. It combines ancient disciplines of classical Indian arts with modern state curriculum and technology. They create a learning environment that has roots in the past, and uses tools of today in order to empower the students to thrive tomorrow.
This education is free to the family. To make this possible they rely heavily on partnerships with foundations like the Deshpande Foundation and volunteers from around the world. Growing ecosystems that support NGOs like this empowers us to disrupt old models and trail blaze them into the new economy.
The coolest thing for me to realize is that these kids are WORLD CLASS talent! This school is producing legit artists who will be well equipped to lead their generation in the new Millennial Dream economy.
The Millennial Dream worldview is evolving so quickly. The old dream was very self serving, the new dream is very community serving. Supporting initiatives like Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya School is helping the world become a happier and kinder place to live and grow in, and that is what is at the core of the Millennial Dream.