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Trusteeship- the need of the hour

My Understanding of Trusteeship
As a 23 year old global citizen, I consider Trusteeship as a responsibility that has been passed on to my peers & myself by the previous generations. Trusteeship is all about being considerate towards the world’s heritage & culture, playing an active role in the preservation & sustenance of the resources, fuelling further development of businesses, technology & sciences through innovation, ethical, responsible & profitable practices. And most importantly- grooming and nurturing the society through education, awareness & good governance.

Trusteeship- the need of the hour
In the past few years, the call for Trusteeship has become louder and considered by many as the ultimate solution to peace and prosperity of the society. Mahatma Gandhi had voiced a strong support for Trusteeship as did Karl Marx. The United Nations had setup a Trusteeship Council in 1945 to ensure the growth and development of ‘trust’ territories. Trusteeship has been heralded as the ideal approach to tackle problems of social injustice and disorder, environment, empowerment of weaker sections of the society, unethical and immoral practices. In the trusteeship model, a trustee is made responsible for the well-being of other individuals who are incapable of acting for themselves. Trusteeship allows for the society to come close and co-create solutions to address the need of the hour.
Role of a Trustee
The decision to take up Trusteeship is a matter of choice and varies from person to person. Nevertheless, it is a great opportunity to be conferred Trusteeship. It expects the ‘trustee’ to ‘be’ the owner and not ‘be like the owner’. He needs to be unselfish and unwavering. At the same time, he needs to realize that his appointment is impermanent. I believe the aspect of Trusteeship can be applied to all realms including nation-building, faith, community & organizational management and advancement.

Hurdles on the ‘Road to Trusteeship’
Playing the role of a trustee in any environment is an arduous task, given the kind of resistance he/she would have to face at every step. To tread on this path, every trustee has to develop a conscientious approach, have a strong conviction and come across as a service-before-self individual at all times. The trustee has to keep in mind the slip-ups of his predecessors and set realistic goals where he’d like to get to before he hands over the reins of the ‘trust’ to his successors. Also, trusteeship doesn’t come to everyone naturally. It really has to be triggered in most people. The idea of Trusteeship has to be infused into the enthusiasts and explained how they could contribute towards the cause in order to achieve sustainable development goals.
Other perspectives to Trusteeship
Trusteeship is an excellent motivation as it is more entrepreneurial than just ownership. Intrapreneurship, an essential wing of Entrepreneurship is derived from similar principles. Trusteeship is also a key aspect of philanthropy.

Through Trusteeship, we can strive to build a better society and make our world a better place to live in.

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Rang De- Empowering the Impoverished

I had come across Rang De for the first time in March 2010, when I visited an expo by ITsAP at Hyderabad. The first thing that caught my attention was the name itself. I saw a couple of enthusiastic people in Rang De jerseys explaining about their concept and the change they’re trying to make, to everyone who showed interest to stop by and see what this stall was all about. I did the same and was really swept off my feet when I heard about low cost Microcredits for the rural and impoverished people
Never in my wildest dreams did I think, that the peer-to-peer lending model could be leveraged to lower the cost of microcredit and in fact, reach out to under-served and impoverished communities. Here was an honest and sincere effort by a determined team of individuals spread over Chennai and Hyderabad to make a change, for the people, for the country. Having formed in 2008, they’ve grown by leaps and bounds and made their presence felt in other parts of the country, notably Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and even parts of USA. Ace film maker Nagesh Kukunoor and yesteryear actress Waheeda Rehman are the brand ambassadors of this movement.
The name Rang De aptly stands for colour and exuberance which the Rang De team believes in filling the lives of the people they reach out to with, and eventually make poverty history in India.
I wish Rang De all the Luck and Success and encourage everyone else to come and be a part of this movement to make India a more developed and poverty-ridden nation.

More about Rang De…
Rang De is a pioneering web-based social initiative with a mission to provide cost-effective microcredit to low income households in India. Through an online platform (www.RangDe.Org), Rang De enables people to participate in microcredit by lending as little as Rs. 100.

Rang De has reached out to over 5900 entrepreneurs across 12 states by lending Rs. 31mn. Rang De currently funds business, education, and artisan loans. Rang De is a registered non-profit trust.

Details: You might want to read through our FAQs for a comprehensive understanding of Rang De –
Support: Microcredit, Peer-to-peer lending, individual social responsibility, online lending, philanthropy
Note: – More Corporates to participate in our corporate connects program (one time donation which will be rotated as social investments).
– More people to blog about Rang De and on the Rang De blog also. 

– Social media advisors to help us on how to take our social media strategy forward
– Java/JSP Developers who are interested in working for Rang De full time for at least a year.
– Funding for our operations.

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