I follow these distinct 'movements' 'activism' 'sub-cultures which are active in developed nations and societies-
1.Open source software, freedom hackers, data activists which we are familiar with very well here. Right now blockchain, mesh networks are viewed as 'solutions' to many burning issues.
2.Urban agriculture movement which includes startups, companies and communities for urban food farms, vertical farms, organic farms, permaculture, aero/hydro/aquaponics, agritecture and 'farmers markets'
3.'Natural Building' movement which includes 'passive', 'tiny' architecture, local materials, earthbag, compressed blocks, mud buildings, 'agrihood' localities.
4.Sustainable living movements which now also includes 'resilience' , 'circular economy' , 'solarpunk' sub-cultures.
5.'Makers' which include from SoC kits, robotics, 3d printing to ceramic arts and open source or open design hardware. It also includes advocates for radical automation of work.
6.Alternative business forms movement- These are 'social oriented' businesses, benefit corporations, cooperatives, 'platformcoops' and 'livelihood pods' . These also compliment with changing the way economics, finance, banking and money is understood. These also advocate for 'basic income' for citizens.
In India, we live very frugally and most have lifestyle which can be viewed as 'sustainable' by design.
Nowadays, discussions in these communities in developed nations has shifted for need of 'transition' towards a fossil free and possibly post capitalist world.
In India, we are likely to face enormous challenges due to climate change, demographic disaster and technological automation of industries. These are not happening all at once but overlap and simultaneous effects can be seen on Indian economy and society.
Just watch the news of job losses due to automation, farming sector distress, young educated applying to government positions in record numbers, growing NPA and dismal industry growth together. Is there a pattern visible?
Can 'entrepreneurs' in India also see opportunity for providing integrated products or solutions so that people here can 'transition' towards a post fossil fuel, circular economy?
No matter what, it is highly likely that people in India are going to suffer due to climate change effects, disruption of fossil fuels, pollution, automation and regressive norms in society.
Is there any sense in startup ecosystem in India to look at all these issues from a wider perspective and pursue opportunities as integrated solution providers?
Do Indian startups take such a long view of economy and society?
Can genuine value creation ventures be created in India which develop their business models based on such sub-cultures which are seen as necessary communities on the way to transition.