Madhu Viswanathan


Is organization an innate human trait or learned?

Posted on June 12, 2010 by Tara Thiagarajan in Blog, Writing. 2 comments

I’ve posted before thoughts on why the poor tend to be fragmented in their economic activity rather than organized into groups and it sparked some discussion (see Driving socioeconomic change by making women more dependent). I’ve been thinking now about the ability to organize in general. Our microeducation team at Madura just got back from the first pilot testing of our digital ‘mini MBA’ program. This is a video based training program that brings business education to the poor that has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Madhu Viswanathan at University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne and his Marketplace Literacy initiative. They tested with two different groups – one that was reasonably educated (10th or 12th grade) and one that was largely illiterate, and came back with some very interesting learnings. Here’s one: There are a couple places where the … Read More »