Big Little Things is a collaboration between Paper Planes and UnLtd India. It is a four-part magazine series to inquire and deliberate — sometimes ruefully — about the things that really matter, with folks who work relentlessly to make the world a better place.
UnLtd India serves as a canvas for early-stage social entrepreneurs in India, to nurture their ideas and grow as true artists of change. They find and support entrepreneurial individuals with passion to bring about long-lasting solutions to pressing problems in India. To bring the entrepreneur’s ideas to life, their Incubation Program provides one-on-one coaching, access to mentors and funders, and peer learning. They work across sectors, and support both NGOs and social enterprises. In the last 13 years, they have supported 270 social entrepreneurs who have impacted upwards of 15.6 million lives.
The first issue of this limited-edition print magazine features stories that explore our constant need for more, the Museum of Material Memory and what makes objects precious, a look at shopping malls and their purpose in our cities, brief encounters with exceptional entrepreneurs encouraging more sustainable consumption, along with short, relatable essays on everyday consumption patterns.
Limited copies of Issue #1 are available for free and can be ordered online.
The theme of Issue #2 is one that’s close to our hearts and we believe incredibly relevant to our times. Well-being is also among the key long-term sustainable development goals, towards which UnLtd India and its social entrepreneurs have been working.
With this issue of Big Little Things, we look at the many facets of our well-being. There’s an illustrated account of the impact of nature and ecological destruction on mental health, and a closer look on laughter and memes as antidotes to the time we’re in via a group chat, led by writer Rega Jha, with India’s leading stand-up comics — Rohan Joshi, Kaneez Surka, Kanan Gill and Urooj Ashfaq. The magazine also has stories on what students in India need, the arts as support and solace for our state of being, and 10 remarkable social entrepreneurs on what keeps them going. Plus! A handy set of cards for grounding when you’re feeling anxious.
Issue #2 is available for free and can be ordered online.
With our third issue of Big Little Things, we’re looking at an integral facet of all our lives: Work. What’s at stake? What must change? What does the future look like? We’ve got questions — and answers — that we hope will point to a better, more equitable future for all.
Inside are stories on Indian craft, artificial intelligence, social entrepreneurship, and other musings on the way we work. Our contributors include culinary researcher Shubhra Chatterji, singer-songwriter Raghav Meattle, social entrepreneur Vishal Talreja, and designers Harpreet Padam and Tosha Jagad.
Issue #3 is available for free and can be ordered online.
Our fourth (and final) issue is devoted to Coexistence. What can we learn from the wild? How do you live a life closer to nature? Why must we be more considerate of our impact on the planet? These are ideas that are crucial for sustainable development, and it’s an issue that’s packed with insights and inspiration.
Inside are stories on a home for frogs and an exemplary citizen-science project in a Karnataka forest, the wildlife and biodiversity that contributes to the food on your plate, staying connected to nature and the outdoors, and other insights on living more meaningful lives in coexistence with the planet. Our contributors include wildlife writer Sejal Mehta, coffee and avocado producer Pranoy Thipaiah, writer and editor Neha Dara, and wildlife filmmaker and TV presenter Malaika Vaz.
Issue #4 is available for free and can be ordered online. Get your copy of the print magazine here.