The Power of Presentations

In 2008, I came across a remote village in India’s Western Ghats which was doing something unique. The village was re-introducing a native fish species into the local river, the numbers of which had dwindled considerably due to a recent dam upstream. Every year, they'd import live fry from other parts of India and release them in the streams around. The river was the village’s lifeline and had been supporting them for generations. So in many ways, besides being a river rejuvenation project, it was also an economic one.

The project drew me strongly and I realized how it could be made more effective while improving rural employability. So, in less than a week's time, I located the village and found myself sitting with the village elders, presenting about the nuances of the project. That presentation, and the discussions following lasted for four hours. But, by the end of it, I had won their trust. I helped run their efforts for the next two years.

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