Circles: Starting the Indian Revolution (Part 8)

Circles Playbook

The “Circle” needs to become central to the community. Even as it needs a political entrepreneur to drive and sustain it, others must feel part of it. Here are a few starting ideas on what the Circles could do.


  • Micro-libraries – start with a collection of 50-100 books
  • Debating clubs – organise weekly match-ups
  • Education classes / vocational training
  • Counselling / Mentoring / tutoring kids and preparing them for better jobs
  • Solutions for neighbourhood problems
  • Micro-finance
  • Self-help groups
  • Help local youth get jobs
  • Micro-campaigns eg. tree planting
  • Civic action: Holding government officials accountable for service delivery

Location (for meetings)

  • Someone’s home
  • School hall

Getting Started

  • Get a group of 20 people together
  • Each one can talk up responsibility of improving lives of 5 others
  • Try experiments to see which activities work

Models (to study and learn from)

  • RSS / Shiv Sena Shakhas
  • Rotary Club / Lion’s Club
  • NCC / Boy Scouts
  • Amish / Mormon Church
  • Salvation Army / Red Cross
  • Teach for India / Pratham
  • Micro-finance Institutions (MFIs)

Hopefully, this gives a useful set of ideas for interested political entrepreneurs to get started and create their own Circles.

Tomorrow: Part 9

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.

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