Putting Bangalore’s Mayoral Election in Perspective

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Namma Bengaluru Foundation‘s website – on the eve of Bangalore Mayoral ‘election’. While last year’s mayor (Sharadamma) was described by ExpressBuzz as an ‘obedient wife’, the newly elected mayor, Venkatesh Murthy from Padmanabhanagar, has been described as “winning elections and serving as a councillor for the past 15 years.” …

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The Ugly Indian Chronicles – Volume 10

It’s been a while since I did an Ugly Indian update. To be precise, three months since Volume 9. I’d like to highlight two key developments in this edition. The start of ‘engagements’ (for lack of a better word) with Bangalore’s technology firms. Dell, Netapp and Sasken (Spotfix videos below) are the early adopters who are …

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India’s Social Enterprise Landscape – Findings from Intellecap Study

Another day. Another PDF (this time a 66-pager). Where’s my ‘Executive Summary’ hat?  Ah… there – I found it! At the recently concluded Sankalp Forum, Intellecap released a comprehensive study on India’s social enterprise sector. The most interesting subset was an online survey of 100 social enterprises followed by in-depth qualitative interviews with over 50 …

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Why some blog posts have a longer gestation period

[Editor’s Note: I couldn’t make up my mind on where to publish this post. Taking the easy way out by first publishing it on uLaaR and now here.] Years ago, during my days working at Yahoo, I had a manager (let’s call him “X”) who exhibited an interestingly annoying behavior. He would promptly respond to all my …

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Firang Invasion of India’s Social Enterprise Ecosystem

As you are reading this, an impassioned group of 500+ individuals from various walks of life would have descended upon Taj Land’s End, Mumbai for Sankalp Forum – India’s largest social enterprise conference. By ‘various walks’, I mean social entrepreneurs, impact investors, strategy consultants, investment advisors, and media. A first-timer at the conference might be …

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Hunger Alleviation Lessons from Belo Horizonte

[Editor’s Note: (Sep 12, 2012): According to this Newslaundry editorial, Samar Halamkar (on whose column I based this post) might have indulged in plagiarism. Until I figure out what action I need to take, I’ve made no changes to my original post.] “Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of …

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Five Reasons to be Excited about Sankalp Forum 2012

At the outset I need to mention that I’ll be missing out on this year’s action at Sankalp Forum. Due to a last-minute personal situation, I had to cancel my plans. Instead of live-tweeting with gusto (like last year), I shall be consuming live tweets with gusto. For the uninitiated, Sankalp Forum is India’s largest …

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3 Pictures, 1 Video and a Superpower Wannabe

You can probably surmise what the 3 pictures are all about. Scroll down just a bit and any lingering doubts will be dispelled by the 10 second video. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. This scene played out in front of Costa Coffee in Koramangala 5th Block. The woman is one of Bangalore’s …

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Ragpicker Chronicles: how a cooperative transformed their lives

 [Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on a unique urban cooperative organization – an evolution from a ‘Convention of 800 Ragpickers’ to a registered trade union and finally to its current form. Part 1 was Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat.] In this post, I present 3 stories. Three stories (from KKPKP’s …

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