Although I’ve always dreamed of being an artist, my stick figure drawings or Power Point presentations have somehow never quite qualified me. However, according to one of Pakistan’s most well known novelists, my dreams might not be completely hopeless. During a talk last week at the Acumen Fellows’ Irtiqa conference, Mohsin Hamid painted a simple yet profound [re]definition of art: “Art is the unwillingness to accept the way things are.” We went on to share that he has realized that a part of him has always been a bit cracked, and that “Dealing with that crack is what art is.” As he spoke, I thought about the dozens of entrepreneurs I know who see the work that they are doing as a response to cracks, as an unwillingness to accept the way things are. I thought of my friend Neil at Zaya, who refuses to accept that low income children in India only have access to a rote-memorization based education. Or my friend Mario at Wedu, who refuses to accept that girls in South East Asia don’t have access to higher education. Or our own work at Amal Academy.
Repositioning entrepreneurship as art is powerful. [Read More]