Bridgital Nation is a attempt to create a framework to build solutions in-between the "human only activities / skills and the well orchestrated machines / robotic tasks" - by N Chandra, a very experienced business leader running the Tata group with 0.7 million employees across the world in many industries and Roopa, an economist of BRICS fame. As any model will take time to be proven right, they are cautious as well as cajoling the reader on task at hand that between 2020 and 2030, India will add about 1 million people into its workforce every month while at the same time, many advanced economies will have a negative or minor additions, hence pushing them to automate more. Hence, a nation like India, if it has to take advantage of this, it has to embrace digital technologies and be comfortable with new age skills - while addressing data privacy issues and offer relevant work preparation for students. They also bring in the research from various institutes while also sharing (a) more women are waiting to get into the workforce, which we haven't utilised talentwise or skillwise and (b) Micro, Small and Medium enterprises are waiting to be transformed and are a large source of employment across the world! Governments to take note! When a country's PM launches the book, it is clear he is looking forward for his departments to latch on to the message...
The book has cases and examples on how some people and organizations are already taking advantage of Bridgital technologies and processes. A good read!
A must read book in these times....to paraphrase the great ...it gives a spring of hope in the winter of despair, we have everything before us, we have nothing before us.
The book gives a definite digital remedy for the deepest ailments of the country viz liberating latent (women) workforce, healthcare, education, creativity and others.
The beauty of the book is that it offers digital solutions which any person can easily understand. No technical jargons.
And as you start branding it just as another book which is trying to make you aware of the structural problems we suffer as a country, it suggests innovative ways of solving it riding on digital shift and human resources.
It not only suggests, it show cases real life pilot studies of addressing and solving the issue. It’s proven. Q.E.D.
A book in such genre, explaining ground realities and offering real life tested solution is a rarity. A must have for researchers, social reformers, thinkers,doers and certainly policy makers.
A book by the Tata Group Head and the Chief Economist, so no surprises if it keeps you glued and makes you think. And as you think and swim with it, you discover it is showing glimpses of harbour in a tempest.
The book sells hope with a digital panacea, ring fenced with data security, citing various positive instances from the practices and policies of many countries.
The length of the introduction is a challenge for any lazy reader like myself, so skipped it, completed the book and read back the intro. Apologies.
Got comforted that we are much ahead of machines and cockroaches in terms of cognitive abilities.
It is understandable that authors will have vision, their path being charted likewise. What surprised us, was the excellent research on ground realities. Chieftains have their ears on ground.
The economic and social perspectives was quite educating specially on women and also that the unemployment data does not reflect those who are eligible, but not looking for work at all, so much so, that “ A decrease in the unemployment rate could signal economic growth, but could just as well mean that people have given up looking for work”.
It presents economic data not shockingly but as a state of affairs, alerting readers of task in hand. It talks on imbalances and inequity both in gender and life and as you read a silent lava forms inside. Anger can be negatively masculine however patience is positively feminine.
You understand you may miss the bigger picture if you lack patience.
It prescribes with a capital Rx ...a recipe for transformation in major areas like healthcare, agriculture, education, logistics, judiciary and others.
Practicality of ideas to the vastness of opportunity, potential to apply the technology lever to bridge people problems is very rewarding. This book will instill new confidence in the resurgence of India's growth in the coming years. Hope this book brings more insightful conversations in the formal, informal sectors and strike a cord for a scalable solution by igniting the fire within each of us.
I also hope to see more women seek solutions to balance their lives and career, create a upward curve on the economy graph plotted through their resilience and resurgence. Mindsets has to change, and it is through provoking ideas of an ambitious nation, a synergy of players within and outside their circles, public-private partnerships and this convergence gives us the power to tame nature to provide answers if only we seek to solve the problems.
Must read book focus on India based issue and solutions India need following transformation Technology transformation, Talent transformation & Vision transformation Hope government authorities and politicians bring the platform for change and the people embrace transformation that can reimagine INDIA As I personally work on solving real world problem of road accident through technology I really hope government provide platform to integrate ideas that make india better
The book deals with simple, easy to follow points to get the country prepared for the next few decades. It is heartening to see the chairman of Tata group being sensitive to the very basic people problems our country faces. Hopefully we will see a lot of activity by the Tatas and other groups who have the capability to get started on bridging the people to technology gap existing in the current market, in a way creating more quality jobs for Indians. There should be a follow up book, possibilly after 5 years, to see the progress of the suggestions that have been made in this book.
The core agenda of this book is to show how technology can be used to augment productivity which will help solving twin problems India faces - lack of access to various services on account of less than expected skill workers in one hand and lack of good jobs in other. The book explains how India can progress by solving twin challenges with help of technology, but cautions that it can be possible if government processes, education and infrastructure see improvement to cater to 21st century aspirations.
The book highlights possibilities to view India among top three world economies. It hinges on putting technology in right context, reimagining roles and creating jobs accordingly. The book gives insight on Indian workforce inclusivity, current education and medical care responsibilty of the state. The idea has been well substantiated by recent endeavours of TCS. The ease experienced by users in getting a passport from Passport Office and appointment in AIIMS can be seen as an outcome of streamlining the whole process (putting technology in context) by TCS. The book showcase India to the world as a prospect. The book title and writers' credentials promised more than what has been evidenced in the narrative. The book length would have been short if pages utilised optimally. The book invariably quotes converted $ value alongwith INR. To put in perspective value for money for it's purchase, the book delivers $5.
#Bridgital Nation is an inspiring book with facts and predictions for our country. It is an eye opener to know how SMEs contribute to Employment and they hold key for our 21st century challenges. Coming from Tata research adds credibility and it is very heartening to know the success of Bridgital in rural Hospitals. Thank you authors. Jai hind.
Brilliantly narrated by Chandra and Roopa .A must read for everyone serious about understanding impact of technology on humanity and economy.Language simplicity and data explanation are unbelievably simplified and rare to find 👍👍👍