Monday, September 11, 2017

Widen the ring

The fifth edition of Kalakirti’s Goa Environmental Festival was held in Panaji over last three days. It included screening of films, talks, panel discussions as well as competitions for filmmakers, photographers, artists, cuisine, street plays and wealth out of waste. Coming Saturday, the festival goes to Ravindra Bhavan, Margao with films, photographs, paintings, cuisine contest and a workshop for teachers.

The partners had increased this time and so did the venues and the reach. Each associate hosted an activity that was their expertise. They brought in greater diversity that enhanced the influence and the impact on different sections of society. Indeed, it has underlined, once again, the importance of widening the ring.

There are many positive and progressive initiatives by individuals as well as organisations. But to widen the circle of influence and impact, we must connect with similar and parallel initiatives. We must involve and work together by joining hands with more partners to widen the ring.

There are different reasons why we are reluctant to widen the ring. We may worry about sharing stage. We may not want to share power. We may be poor in our skills of team working. We may feel we don’t require help. But, the most likely reason is that we focus on self-centredness instead of the larger purpose of our initiative.

It is pertinent to note that the choice to widen the ring is truly empowering for the results as well it makes the efforts easier. When we increase the role-players, it results in making a larger stage and a larger audience. We share not just opportunities but we also end up sharing responsibilities and the workload. Most importantly we have just made greater scope for our enterprise.

Together we can, together we shall
Widen the ring and further our call!

~ Pravin Sabnis

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