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The Impact of the SSP (Social Sustainability Project)

3 Dec

Money, Job, Changing the world, future leaders – This is what we generally think are the most important aspects in our life as MBA students. But it is easy to get caught in this bubble and rush through our lives following one thing after another. We never think how lucky we are in the little aspects of life. We are lucky that we are not the victims of a war, refugees, suffering from life threatening diseases or the victims of a calamity. We have had safe sheltered lives, which we have taken for granted. Our rants are just about money, position and power and we tend to live in our cocoons, avoiding the rest of the world. That is where the SSP (Social Sustainability Project) tends to bring in a bit of perspective in our MBA lives. They offer a glimpse into the lives of people whom we don’t think about much in our normal lives, except for a Facebook like, donation, or the occasional news article.

The various groups in our MBA class are doing the best they can in their SSPs. Some are helping refugees settle in Germany or helping them with their documentation while others are organizing a blood donation camp, collecting money for Men’s health, or helping immigrant parents of children with cancer in Germany who cannot afford the hospital costs. These may seem like little things, but it’s the little things that make the biggest impact. Our thinking tends to look at the big picture, and avoid the minute ones. But then, as Mother Theresa said, “A few drops do not make an ocean, but the ocean will be less without those drops.” Our contribution may not be much, but it is important. We do the best we can within the time which we have, but we do it, and that matters. This, I feel, is one of the most important aspects of the Mannheim Business School MBA, and which I feel should be a part of every MBA program. It enlarges the perspective and enables us to think how our decisions will affect the person at the lowest level of the organization.

I had the opportunity to visit a hospital where children with cancer are treated. It is really difficult to watch those children smile and play, without having a lump in your throat. These are the moments in your life when you do realize how things are so good for you, and we tend to lose that perspective in our daily rat race. I try to contribute and help these children in a small way, and hope that it creates a bearing in life of at least one child. That would be, for me, my impact in this world.

-Vivekananthan Ramachandran-

Mannheim MBA Class of 2014