War stories from Ashoka Fellow Solomon Prakash

Solomon Prakash knows a thing or two about social entrepreneurship. After all, he’s devoted the last 20 years in pioneering work in education, poverty alleviation, employment and labor related social enterprises. MAYA, Maya Organic, and LabourNet are initiatives started and run by him until he took up a full-time role (in 2010) with Ashoka as …

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Acara Summer Institute 2011 Day#1 Highlights

As I wrote in my introductory post on Acara last week, the Acara Summer Institute 2011 is in full swing this week at the Honeywell Bangalore campus. I attended 90% of the first day sessions and plan to return for days 4 and 5. I’ve tried to capture the day’s key highlights. Classroom Sessions by …

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Bangalore BOP Salary Trends on Babajob – visualized

A few months ago, we covered Babajob’s 4-year journey – A monster in the making: the Babajob story. During our meeting, Sean Blagsvedt (Babajob CEO) mentioned that they were working on visualizing the salary data from the rich datasets in their job seeker profiles. Earlier this month, they released the data on their Facebook page. …

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Some GDP and health trends from Gapminder

A friend alerted me to Gapminder.org a while ago and today I finally sampled some of their amazing datasets via their nifty Trendalyzer. If you haven’t heard of Gapminder, their mission statement should catch your attention: Fighting the most devastating myths by building a fact-based world view that everyone understands. Their website describes Gapminder as …

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BPO-level education for illiterate villagers in 8 months!

[Editor’s Note: Last month I spent a few hours chatting with Sunil Savara at his Koramangala office. Savara is co-founder of Head Held High, a social enterprise with aspirations to become the largest vocational training institute in the world. Prior to starting Head Held High, Savara was co-founder and CEO of Automated Workflow Group for …

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Oh Crap! Where’s the One Potty Per Household Project?

[Editor’s Note: Last week, I spent a few hours with the Arghyam management team – Sunita Nadhamuni (CEO) and Vijay Krishna (Director, R&D and head of India Water Portal (one of Arghyam’s key offerings)). Arghyam is an Indian public charitable foundation setup with an endowment from Rohini Nilekani, working in the water and sanitation sector …

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