Author Archives: roshanjpaul

Are You Having an Intellectual Debate or a Religious One?

Ever find yourself in an argument where, no matter how much you feel the facts or even justice, is on your side, you simply cannot persuade the other person towards your point of view? This may be because you’re in … Continue reading

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Selected as an Asia 21 Young Leader

In 2018, I was honoured to be selected as one of Asia Society’s Young Leaders of the 21st Century, and inducted into a wonderful and accomplished community of leaders across the continent. Click here to read more about the announcement!

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A Failure Playlist to Help You Sleep at Night

Failure is endemic to social impact work. Unfortunately, it’s also endemic to love. And thus, songwriters have always been able to tap into the bowels of failure to help us feel better with our lives. Published in the India Development … Continue reading

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What to do, and what not: Putting my Harvard experience to use at Amani Institute

Last weekend, I returned to the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) for my 10-year reunion. At first it felt that I had studied there in a past life; so much has happened to me (and to the university) since I graduated. … Continue reading

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My Stanford Social Innovation Review series

I’ve collaborated with the Stanford Social Innovation Review to write a series of articles about our work in social innovation education. Here is the list of articles I wrote or co-wrote as part of the series, in chronological order. In July 2017, … Continue reading

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The 12 Best Books I Read in 2017

I read 24 books in 2017. On LinkedIn, I shared the best 12, sorted in 3 genres, with a short review of each. Some are very popular today, and some are obscure. I would recommend every one of them.

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Fixing the Social Enterprise Skill Shortage: Why a ‘Fundamental Rethink’ is Needed

As part of a series of essays on talent development in the social sector, I wrote an essay for Next Billion in which I argued that living one’s values and following one’s purpose are fundamental ingredients for a fulfilled career. … Continue reading

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How To Survive the Age of Nationalism: A First Step in Finding Common Ground

In a world increasingly and bitterly divided along values-based lines, how do we connect with those who disagree with us? And isn’t that an imperative for civil society in this new age of nationalism? On LinkedIn, I describe an experiment … Continue reading

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The Best of Times? Reflecting on a Turbulent Year for Changemakers

On LinkedIn, I reflected on 2016, a disastrous year. Or was it? Perhaps 2016 wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be. And for our work at Amani Institute, it was a game-changing year. Please click here to … Continue reading

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Changemaker U

Should social impact be the basis of all higher education? This is the question that Tricia Bisoux sought to explore with me in this interview on BizEd. BizEd is a bi-monthly magazine for individuals and organizations involved or interested in collegiate … Continue reading

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