A Nameless Post

December 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

There is something mind-numbing about silence and idleness.

It’s as if noise and chatter is the norm. It’s been around 2 weeks since my room-mates left to India for vacation.

Two weeks of quietness at home.

I guess I just miss them! 😐

What’s In A Name

December 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Time to explain, why the blog was named so!

Son Of Man is the name of a painting by René Magritte. Got introduced to the painting, through a movie named Thomas Crown Affair in which Pierce Brosnan plays the role of a rich businessman but who steals art. The paining comes up during the climax when Brosnan has to evade the cops.

Son Of Man, a 1964 painting by Rene

But the meaning of the painting is the interesting part. As we see, there is an apple hiding a face, revealing a little portion of the eye. What it means is that the true, perfect, complete face/nature of someone is never revealed. What we see is always a portion of it. In Rene’s own words,

Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.

At least till now, all I liked about the painting was the thought that, dont take anything at face-value, just be conscious that there could always be hidden motives/emotions.

But, now, I realise that we all live a life of deciet atleast to a percentage. Am not judging anyone, but that’s the way it is, I do that too. So, from now on, I hope the painting will remind me of the falseness in life! Encourage to have my heart and mind at the right place!

– Arun Vallappan

This is how it started! :) The snow! :)

November 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

Little flurries.. floating around in every direction, taking its time !! 🙂 Haha .. nice..

Kapil, Amani and Luke! 🙂

CSR Outsourced

November 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

I think this a pretty good concept – Better The World. In their words, “Better The World helps organizations develop engaging fundraising and corporate social responsibility initiatives“. I would prefer to have an organization that does Socially Responsible activities on behalf of companies. Like, this organization can come up with different oppurtunities to address Poverty, Education, Health, etc and companies can pick the one that interests them most and fund the project. If not the entire budget, a part of it.

On the other hand, It’s getting common for companies, especially multi-nationals to have their own CSR wing, and titles such as
Sustainability officer, Sustainability Coordinator, CSR Manager are easily seen. So, wondering how much a company like Better the world  can add value to an organization’s existing CSR programs. May be all CSR activities could be outsourced. Let’s compare CSR Outsourcing & CSR Wing Within Company

  CSR Outsourcing
CSR Wing within Company
Team         Dedicated One or two dedicated & rest of the team volunteers from organization
Skill set     Very high The dedicated ones would have high skill sets. Rest minimal
Cost         Ideally this should be low  
Social Impact         High (with resource pooling)*    Could be high if enough funds are available
Branding/Identity     Medium (one among many contributors to a campaign)     High as it is individual

*Resource pooling – A single national project can be funded by financial resources supported by many companies to manifest a bigger impact (like Teach For India, which is a national program), which may not be possible for smaller multinationals.

So the value-add from CSR outsourcing would be, Expertise & Low cost. But, companies might lose out on branding and visibility, which could be one of the top-most priority for spending!! Hmm!

– Arun Vallappan

Crash Landing of 5150

October 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

Haa, Last week we (all of us in Cohort J) gave a presentation on our 6-week sustainability project. 4 teams basically.

I felt that one of the teams did an out-rightly lousy job because their final recommendation to their client was to cut down costs, to become more innovative and one more on similar lines.

But, come on, does n’t that apply to every company of this age? You can say the same thing for Microsoft, Apple, or even a 1-day old company. Does 7 people need to work for 6 weeks, which could equal a minimum of 200 hours to suggest this?

Normally, I have an inclination for simple solutions, but, general/common solutions? Not convinced… How to evaluate a solution?

Hmm.. 😉

P.S: 5150 is the course code of our Sustainability project

– Arun Vallappan

Kaanal Neer

October 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Simply beautiful!

Garbage Collection

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Feeling so refreshed!! Just un-subscribed myself from many RSS feeds – marketing/analytics, strategy articles, TED videos, etc. That translates to around 500 articles less per week and less guilty feeling of not keeping up to date with my reading list! 🙂

Been throwing away lot of semi-used to never used stuff such as old mark sheets, papers, xerox copies, printers, pens in the last few days. There is something really relieving about cleaning up crap! Feels so nice! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Is n’t it?

Arun Vallappan

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