Wednesday, May 11, 2016

TFI vs. Religion vs. Amway

Basic strategy for world domination is to be a good public speaker/effective trainer/manipulator so that you can invest others in your idea and create clones of yourselves to multiply your impact. Humans are wired (genetically evolved ) to seek out groups to belong to - safety in numbers.

I am a 2014 Teach For India fellow.I have tried to be objective here, but I am sure my biases against ponzi schemes and religion would have crept in (although I know that direct selling and ponzi are not the same thing)

ParameterTeach For IndiaDirect Selling (Amway, Tupperware, Oriflame)
Impact parameterReach as many children as possibleConvert as many people (as customers and as representatives in the pyramid) as possible
Appeals toPerson's humanityPerson's greed
Key playerFellowAmway Business Owner
BenefitsChildrenAmway Business Owner
Leadership development opportunity for key player?YesYes
Training methodologySeniors trains junior, specialists train juniorsSeniors train juniors
SupervisorProgram managerSponsor (The person who introduced you)
Small scale meetingLearning Circles at homesTupperware tea party at homes
Large scale meetingCity Conference held at hired venuesLarger conferences held at hired venues
Celebration styleSong and dancelong term business owners who now earn a lot, come on the stage and brag.
TrainingInstitute, Lesson Planning ClinicsSpecial Training Programme, Books, Audio CDs, Online courses
What enforces cooperation between junior and senior players?Inherent human tendencyPyramid structure for sharing profits
What enforces cooperation between peers?Inherent human tendencyNothing. Infact there might be hostility
What enforces cooperation between players within and without organization?Inherent human tendencyNothing
HierarchyManagement > Program Team > Fellows > ChildrenPyramid structure



ParameterTeach For IndiaReligion (Hinduism, Christianity, New age like Sahaj Yoga and art of Living)
LeaderCEOSelf appointed Godman/Godwoman
Impact parameterReach as many children as possibleSpread faith and indoctrinate as many people as possible
BeliefEducation can save humanityHuman society needs a common set of laws on how to live life
AttitudeQuestion everything, keep improving, scientific attitudeBlind faith
Appeals toPerson's humanityPerson's fear of death and loneliness only
Key playerFellowFollower
BenefitsChildrenGuardians of faith - money and power
Leadership development opportunity for key player?YesGhanta
Conversion methodologySeniors trains junior, specialists train juniors, presentation at colleges, mediaPeer pressure, Family life influences children
SupervisorProgram managerAppointed local guardian of faith (Sadhu, bishop etc)
Small scale meetingLearning Circles at homesHawan, Vigil, gathering during family events (birth, death, marriage)
Large scale meetingCity Conference held at hired venuesSunday mass, Forums, Community meditation
Celebration styleSong and danceSong and dance, sacrifice, flowers, pour milk, burn stuff, gluttony
TrainingInstitute, Lesson Planning ClinicsReading of scriptures, chanting of hymns, getting kids to follow parents
What enforces cooperation between junior and senior players?Inherent human tendencyFear of harm if trying to defect from group (death, amputation, ostracization)
What enforces cooperation between peers?Inherent human tendencyFear of harm if trying to defect from group (death, amputation, ostracization)
What enforces cooperation between players within and without organization?Inherent human tendencyFear of harm if trying to defect from group (death, amputation, ostracization)
HierarchyCEO and Management > Program Team > Fellows > ChildrenReligious leader > guardians of faith > people
Cooperation between various organizationYes through Teach For AllNo - they are competitors