Power Twinterviews

tosb-innovationpanelGenesis Burson-Marsteller’s business division The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) celebrates TOSB Day, every year on September 1 wherein a day-long thought leadership campaign is organised on Twitter to get various speakers on the TOSB panel, together and engage with each other and their followers.

This year, The OSB set the bar higher, with a different and innovative proposition for September 1 – Power Twinterviews: A Day-long Virtual Conference.

Twinterviews are a great way to churn out a punchy interview that readers can scroll through quickly. Today, we shine the spotlight on eminent media personalities who took questions from the TOSB panel and other twitterati, exhibiting the power of 140 characters both to write and respond on various significant topics.

First up, Raghav Bahl from Quintillion Media, of The Quint and BloombergQuint. Part of the TOSB panel on Innovation, Raghav shared his views on jugaad and the role of government in innovation.

Innovation is associated with startups; how can #innovation be cultivated in existing enterprises? 
Whenever a digital solution is created for a “traditional” pain point, you find innovation peaking.
May I disagree with the question? Start-ups get a lot of media noise but equally strong innovation is done by leading enterprises.

Is ‘jugaad’ innovation? Do share your views
Jugaad is ‘”tactical problem solving”; it’s not innovation, but an innovative tactic!

How can we ignite innovative thinking in India?
Keep the govt away! And create competitive markets, good education, easy business/capital environment – set people free!

Are we living in golden age of innovation? Please share some ideas
Human beings have always been innovative, within their context. What is more innovative: wheel, car or driver-less car?

In age of internet, is any original idea left? Are we only left to customize? 
New technologies will disrupt Internet too. Imagine if objects inter-changed between mass and energy? Beam me up Scotty!

Is #innovation a fluke—a serendipitous alignment of ideas and luck? Or can you seed and germinate it? 
Extraordinary endeavors are a cross fertilization of effort, intelligence, circumstance, and luck – so with innovation.

tosb-economypanelFor the panel on Economy, The OSB was the table for an insightful conversation on Indian elections between Shekhar Gupta, veteran journalist, Co-Founder along with Barkha Dutt of The Print, a new media start-up, and Dr. S Y Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner.

Shekhar Gupta: Is there any definitive solution to the problem of political funding @DrSYQuraishi And which democracy has tackled this best?
SY Quraishi: State funding of elections definite no. But funding of political parties certainly. Rs100 per vote. No donations.
70-80% of European countries have state funding of parties. Works well.

SG: You think anti-defection bill needs changes to reduce power of the whip? Why can’t legislators vote basis issues, not party diktat?
SY: I think legislators without discipline can go berserk. Horse trading will increase.
SG: Horse trading can be minimised by confining compulsory voting on party lines only for money bills?
SY: That’s a via media. Party gets blackmailed as the government may fall on defeat of money bill coz of defection.

@DrSYQuraishi @ShekharGupta Sir, isn’t that healthy? Does the preeminence of the party mean more than the merit of the issue?
SY: Do you think legislators bother about the merit of issues when temptation beckons them.
SG: – As much or as little as their party leaders might. They’re more thoughtful in non-whip Parl commt meetings

@DrSYQuraishi @ShekharGupta so there needs to be fixed terms legislatures.
SY: That’s a good subject for debate even in context of demand for simultaneous elections.
SG: Isn’t the current situation better? Frequent polls bring disruption but also prevent concentration of power
SY: One bad effect of frequent elections, though, is corruption, casteism and communalism get encouraged.

SG: Is it feasible/possible to hold LS & state polls together @DrSYQuraishi or is it just an academic pipedream?
SY: Very desirable(cost, normal work dislocation etc) But constitutionally almost impossible.

SG: @DrSYQuraishi you think it’s possible to rig US presidential poll as #Trump has claimed/feared?
SY: I doubt it.
After Florida fiasco 2000, we saw an “unelected president” !(Bush). US has 70 difft systems of voting. Not ideal.

SG: Can we now say that poll rigging has now been totally eradicated? Or at least more or less?
SY: Rigging is almost impossible in India now. Several levels of checks have been created.

SG: My last que to conclude this fine session with @DrSYQuraishi As CEC, did you find govts compliant with norms or were some defiant?
SY: Govts were very deferential and compliant to norms. Some individual leaders tried defiance but were put in place.
SG: Yes, you were very firm. And very convincing today. Thank you for an informative session @DrSYQuraishi #TOSBDay


#TOSBDay also saw Pranjal Sharma, Business Knowledge Advisor & Columnist, Editorial Consultant, joining in for the panel on Leadership. Here are the questions that came his way.


What is the difference between a GOOD leader and a GREAT leader?
Great leaders inspire by setting personal examples.

What are the main hallmarks of a leader?
A leader who can rise above narrow interest for larger benefit inspires.

How important is communication for a leader?
For #leadership constant #communication of goal, path, achievements, failures are essential

devdutt-pattnaikAnd lastly the OSB Day featured an exclusive twinterview with leadership consultant, mythologist & author Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, who gave us valuable management and leadership lessons from mythology.

How does Indian approach to management differ from western? And what role does mythology play in this approach?
Western management is objective driven. Indian management is meaning driven. Artha = meaning. Outside versus Inside.

I am sure the drivers of these management styles R different? Are the methods and outcomes also different
Western = process > people. Indian = people > process. Western outcome does not see long term consequence.

Biz cannot be only short term focussed.. There has 2 be a long term view. Is the western philosophy then not flawed?
All philosophies are flawed. Nothing in this world is perfect. Failure to recongise this is a huge problem

Is one way better than the other?
no…they complement each other…Western management good for strategy….Indian management good for tactics

You talk about Yagna as basis for building a business model. Please throw some light on this.
Yagna is about giving to get …giving = investment = svaha, getting = ROI= tathastu. Its not give & take i.e. contract

Our Indian business system is centered around the worship of Goddess Lakshmi. What are your views on that?
Goddess lakshmi alone causes quarrels….with Durga (power) and Saraswati (wisdom) causes happiness

How do you rate Indian businesses? Are family-owned businesses opening up to global/MNC work culture?
Idea is good. But tough to manage family expectations (pack/herd/hive mentality) and delegating to professionals

Read the other panel twinterviews featuring many expert personalities here.

The Unicorns’ Dream Run

ChaiTime-Image26.7Celebrating the success of the show ‘Unicorn – chasing the start-up dream’, NDTV is all set to launch the first edition of ‘Unicorn Start-up Awards’. Powered by Vestige and Indigo Nation, the award will aim to honor the most credible dream-chasers who are going to change the way India does business. With a stellar jury panel including R Chandrashekhar, and Raman Roy, among others, the awards will be presented for different categories on July 29th at the Taj Palace, New Delhi. » Emergency!!! Need to call the police? – Just tweet @callup100. Yes, you read it right. UP Police, on their way to getting social savvy, has planned to use Twitter for emergency services. Citizens will be able to upload complaints, pictures, videos and documents on Twitter. The response time for this service has been fixed at 10-15 minutes. The police will also be able to record all the calls and information digitally to be used in further investigation. Read more» Verizon Communication has geared up to buy Yahoo Inc’s core business for $ 4.83 billion. With a market capital of about $228 billion, Verizon will acquire Yahoo’s web assets and a logical blueprint for folding them into its emerging digital business, which includes AOL properties acquired by them last year. Shares of Verizon rose 1.3% to $56.10 and the Yahoo stock was up 1.4% to $39.38 on Friday. See more.

WCD’s Women Scribes’ Workshop

ChaiTime-Image6.7The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) in association with PIB and MIB is going to kickstart the first ever “All India Women Journalists’ Workshop” today at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. This will bring together around 250 journalists from 30 States/UTs across the country representing 120 media organizations, on a single platform. The ministry will also exhibit two of its biggest initiatives: Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao and children helpline – Childline. » CNN-News18 has announced the 10th edition of its ‘Indian of the Year’ award. Celebrating the achievements of iconic Indians who have made a significant contribution to our society in 2015, the award will be presented in New Delhi on 9th June, 2016. » Considering the rise in digital content consumption, UCWeb, part of the Alibaba group, launched ‘UC News’ in India on Monday. The platform brings together news content from over 20 featured channels, including news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, and lifestyle. It tracks and matches the trending keywords on Facebook and Twitter to decide on trending topics for user recommendations. See the full story here. » Adding transparency in the government affairs with the help of Digital India campaign, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar flagged off two mobile vans on Monday. Carrying the slogan, “Mili Meri Pragati Ko Raftar”, the vans will cover 21 districts of the state and will pass through the rural areas across the state, disseminating information regarding e-Governance schemes through audio visual tools, including publicity material, speeches and street plays.

Irani At Loggerheads Again

ChaiTime-Image24.5.16HRD Minister Smriti Irani once again got caught in a heated exchange on Twitter with Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi in which she took a dig at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi over his party’s poor show in the recent Assembly elections. The spat turned ugly yesterday when Priyanka Chaturvedi, responding to another person, raised questions about Smriti’s Z security. Click here to see the conversation. » Praveen Bardapurkar, an Aurangabad based journalist has been conferred with the ‘Prahlad Atre Award’ for journalism. He will be felicitated with this State level award on June 13 by the Acharya Atre Vikas Foundation at Saswad in Pune. » According to a recent poll Twitter saw massive traffic about the recently concluded elections in multiple states in India. It registered more than 4.5 million Tweets between April 20 and May 20, 2016. For more stats click here. » Meanwhile, after allegations of political bias, Facebook has decided to make changes aiming to refrain from bias in their “trending” stories list. “Our investigation has revealed no evidence of systematic political bias in the selection or prominence of stories included in the Trending Topics feature”, said Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch in response to Republican US Senator John Thune.

World Leaders on Periscope

DIubkXjxIf you’re not familiar with Periscope, you should be! This week’s Podium features Burson-Marsteller’s World Leaders on Periscope – the agency’s latest research into how world leaders, governments and international organizations communicate via social media. The research builds on Burson-Marsteller’s highly acclaimed annual Twiplomacy study, now in its fifth year.

Periscope, which has more than 10 million registered users and claims more than 200 million broadcasts after only one year in operation, has become the go-to social network for breaking news. The defining feature of Periscope, arguably one of its major drawbacks, is that the broadcasts disappear after only 24 hours and it’s necessary to save and upload the recording to another video platform for it to be available for posterity.

  • 31 governments have set up a channel
  • 93 governments and world leaders have downloaded the app
  • 62 governments and world leaders have gone live from a mobile device

CaptureIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is amongst the Top 10 Most Followed World Leaders on Periscope. The full excel table of data collected on April 22, 2016 can be downloaded here.

Like other new and popular social media platforms, Periscope has captured the essence of “discovering the world through someone else’s eyes”. Although broadcasting live from a mobile device is not new, Periscope, an app owned by Twitter, has made it far easier to communicate directly with your followers and read their comments in real time.

During the terrorist attacks at Brussels airport on March 22, 2016, traditional broadcast journalists flocked to Periscope to find live- streamed videos and first-hand reports of the aftermath of the blasts.

Most-followed (1)Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has the most followers numbering 90,000, after six live broadcasts in the summer of 2015. The White House comes second with 81,000 followers; and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is in third with 76,000 followers.

French President François Hollande and Jordan’s Queen Rania complete the top five list of the most followed accounts, but neither have yet gone live on their personal accounts and have no hearts to show.  India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the UK government, the Russian Foreign Ministry, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and the French Elysée Palace  complete the Top 10 list of the most followed accounts.

The White House inaugurated its Periscope channel with a live broadcast of Pope Francis arriving for an official visit to the United States on September 22, 2015. More than 11,000 viewers tuned in to watch the Pope greeting the Obama family on the tarmac of Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C., and the Periscope account gained 3,800 followers in the process. However, the White House has not gone live since, only promoting several Q&A sessions with presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett on her own Periscope channel. The White House channel also has become the most liked Periscope channel, collecting almost a quarter of a million likes during its papal broadcast. To like a broadcast, viewers simply tap the screen of their mobile devices and the likes fly into the picture in the form of hearts from the bottom right hand side.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has received almost 100,000 hearts on his three live broadcasts from his swearing-in ceremony on November 4, 2015 and from his press conference with Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 10, 2016. The British government went live when David Cameron made his first speech in front of 10 Downing Street after his re-election on May 8, 2015. His most recent post was the lighting of the Christmas tree on December 13, 2015, which he also shared on Vine.

So far world leaders have used Periscope mainly to broadcast press conferences and speeches. However, no world leader has yet taken any questions via Periscope or organized a live Q&A session in which to answer questions popping up directly on the Periscope screen.

The Assamese Awardee

ChaiTime-Image3.5.16Congrats to Anuradha Sharma Pujari, popular Assamese writer-journalist, for being awarded with the Assam Press Correspondents’ Union (APCU) Award on Saturday, 30th April. APCU, celebrating its foundation day, honored Anuradha for her contribution to the local media. » The sixth edition of The Brand Trust Report named Hindustan Times as India’s most trusted print media brand. The English daily, with a readership of 4.5 million across the country, is the top read in Delhi-NCR and the second most read in Mumbai. » According to Facebook India’s recently revised policy, following SC orders, a post will be taken down on counts of illegality when a government or legal document is presented along with the appeal, only after the company scrutinizes it with its legal team. This will help the social media giant with better management and content filtering, curbing a lot of irrelevant requests. » Google these days is busy testing its new feature that will allow people or groups to post short bits of text directly into Google searches. Along with the text, those participating can put in an image, video and link. This new feature is bound to become a headache for the micro-blogging site Twitter as it will kick Twitter’s own content down in Google searches. See more.