Vigyan Ashram: DIY For Rural Youth

Vigyan Ashram

“I hold that true education of the intellect can only come through a proper exercise and training of the bodily organs, e.g., hands, feet, eyes, ears, nose, etc.” –M.K Gandhi The theory of ‘hands on learning’ has been proposed by many educationists and thinkers alike. Centuries have passed and we are still struggling to understand…

ONergy: Energy Access For BoP

onergy

Let there be light!! –Genesis 1:3 Even God, I bet, underestimated the task at hand. Even now, 1.2 billion people around the world live in dark. Most of this population resides in the developing and underdeveloped countries. India alone accounts for 25% of the total population without access to electricity. Poverty and lack of access to…

Artoo: Technology-Driven Efficiency For BoP Enterprises

Artoo– A name with ‘art’ within it, to my mind, suggested a company that would have something to do with the creative and artistic products. As I dug deeper and tried to find out what this word means it emerged as a Sc-Fi character (R2-D2), a robot, in the Star Wars universe. Weaving these connections,…

AquaSafi: Pure Water For The Developing World

Water, water, everywhere, Not a single drop to drink. –The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge These lines by Coleridge evoke a feeling of ‘nothingness’. While there is abundance all around there are many people who do not have access to clean water for fulfilling the basic human needs. And one of…

Path of the Social Entrepreneur – Debunking Myths

Social Entrepreneur

Have you considered starting your career at a social enterprise? Yawn! Who wants to work at NGOs? You are wrong. Do you know your role models from Richard Branson to Muhammad Yunus are all social entrepreneurs and have built great companies (not not-for-profits) that are changing the world? Many established professionals had started from running…

EcoAd – Greener Tomorrow Is Possible

EcoAd

On a typical day, you go out for shopping, get your favourite items from the grocery shop and carry it back to your home in a plastic bag, often given generously by the cashier without any charge. This bag ends up being in a bin somehow and the next time you go out again, you…

LET’S DEMYSTIFY – Marketing at the Bottom Of Pyramid

Marketing

  “The aspiring poor present a prodigious opportunity for the world’s wealthiest companies. But it requires a radical new approach to business strategy” [1] C.K. Prahalad in his book “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid”  highlighted the economic potential at the BOP, that over 4 billion people represent a huge market, despite their…

#SeedsOfChange – Project Parivartan

Parivartan

For Ramila, a woman living in the slums of Vile Parle, each day starts at 5:30 am. She performs her morning prayers and soon starts preparing breakfast for her husband and three kids. Her children have started schooling nearby and are excited by the prospect of a new world beyond the one they already know….