Summer school for ambitious students

Become a prolific public speaker & give a INK-style talk
Classes start May 28, 2022 | For ages 8 to 18
Legendary investor Warren Buffet says that one of the best investments he has ever made is to enroll in a public speaking course. He was petrified of sharing his views publicly and the course helped him become reasonably good. He explains that speaking well is an asset that will pay dividends for 60-70 years and turn out to be a liability if kept unchecked.
By the end of summer

Each student will walk away with

A public INK-style talk hosted by INK Talks & Network Capital

Letter of Recommendation for college & internship applications

Insights from world leaders, CXOs, & industry professionals

Proof of work on the internet  & personalised feedback

A certificate of completion

A global community of curious & ambitious students 


Lakshmi Pratury
Founder and CEO of INK
Kirthiga Reddy
Growth-stage Investor
Gazal Dhaliwal
Indian screenwriter
Munaf Kapadia
VP & Co-Pilot, Zomato Wings
Shruti Ganguly
Film producer
Utkarsh Amitabh
Founder and CEO of Network Capital
Amir Zarkesh
Co-Founder and CEO of PolyUp

Who is the Youth INK with Network Capital Summer School for?

School students between the ages of 9 to 18 years 

Open for school students from all across the world.

Young champions who want to refine their leadership skills

Young innovators & entrepreneurs who want to grow their ideas

Watch a sample class

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Module overview

Introduction to working with stories

History of Storytelling | Storytelling Technique (How Stories Work) | Cultural and context  

The art & science of engaging with your audience

Your invisible audience | Counter storytelling - see the other point of view | Know your audience | Learn by listening 
and pick your story

Picking the topic for your public talk

Category of one | The importance of curiosity | Structuring your thoughts  | Translating words into action

Preparing for the public talk

Building confidence | Understanding stage presence | Giving effective virtual talks 

What will be the timing of the classes

Classes will be held twice a week -
1. Saturday at 7:30pm IST and 10am EST
2. Wednesday at 7:30pm IST and 10am EST

The summer school, will run for six weeks. It will end on July 2, 2022

Who can I contact for more details?

You can write to the Network Capital team at [email protected]

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Note from Utkarsh Amitabh

Founder & CEO, Network Capital
Few years back, while at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, I met the organizational psychologist Adam Grant on top of the Rinnerhorn Mountain. His book, Give and Take had helped shape critical aspects of Network Capital, and I was eager to learn more about his upcoming projects. As luck would have it, we happened to share the last cable car back to the meeting.
Floating down through the clouds, Adam shared three key insights with me about nurturing original thinking and entrepreneurship.

Adam’s Key Insights

First, innovation and economic growth rates of entire countries can be traced back to the books children read.
Second, finding the right mentors is hard but we can locate relatable role models in stories of great originals in history and fiction.
Third, the logic of consequence and the fear of failure are huge barriers to innovation in classrooms and even boardrooms.
Adam’s insights, when placed in the Indian context, help to explain why the education system there has consistently failed to inspire students to learn and innovate.

Tiny History Lesson

To get the complete picture, one has to go back to 1835 when the British historian T.B. Macaulay, writing in his notorious 1835 Minute on Education, said:
“We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern, a class of persons Indian in blood and color, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.”
In simple words, Macaulay’s vision was to create a nation of obedient, efficient and polite clerks - and his hangover has lingered long after his death. Even after independence, the new Indian Government’s first five-year plan grossly ignored the importance of school education by allocating less than $2 million for the entire duration. Macaulay’s hangover was so profound that even as recently as a few years ago, around half the questions in school examinations required students to commit facts to memory.

"What is the speed of light to eight significant figures?
I am not sure what such a question is meant to accomplish but it surely isn’t innovation, originality or entrepreneurship.
I have been thinking about this ever since I was in school. You can take a look at my TED talk if you wish to explore this further.

Introducing IKIGAI

The World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs Report” examines how technology is changing the very nature of work. It highlights the new skills we will need for the jobs of the future, and examines how artificial intelligence can augment existing jobs, create new tasks, and open up an entirely new range of livelihoods for workers. Crucially, the report recommends taking personal responsibility for our lifelong learning and career development.

To see how this works in practice, consider the Japanese philosophy of “Ikigai”. “Ikigai” means "a reason for being." According to this concept, the secret to finding meaningful work is identifying what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs and what you can get paid for. In your ideal job, these four factors converge, and passion meets practicality.

The Standardized Anti-IKIGAI Schools

Unfortunately, most schools today are not designed to inspire IKIGAI among students.
They do their best to standardize creativity and mass-produce mediocrity, leaving their students frustrated and dissatisfied. It can be deeply unsettling to graduate from such an education system and then be bombarded with recommendations to “follow your passion”. How are we supposed to follow our passion without any institutional, cultural or systemic encouragement, career support or mentoring?

This problem is particularly acute in Asian countries, despite the great innovators that the region has produced. Unfortunately, exceptions don’t disprove the norm. We need to do better if we want to meet the challenges of the future, especially as the average career is likely to increase by years and even decades.

YouthINK with Network Capital

After deep reflection on the educational crisis in countries like India, INK Talks & Network Capital has decided to set up a chain of schools on the cloud. We will admit 100 students in our summer school

This is a hand-written note I shared with Network Capital’s parents subgroup.

My mission is to make YouthINK with Network Capital the most meaningful learning experience you have ever had. We will of course learn deep-reading, critical thinking, public speaking and writing but we will partake of all assignments and micro-experiments keeping self and community care in mind.

We want to ensure personal attention for each student so we will stop enrolments when the class size reaches 100
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