Akshaya Patra in 24 Pictures

A few months ago, a friend forwarded an email with 24 pictures of the Akshaya Patra kitchen workflow. If Akshaya Patra is ever asked to use only 24 pictures for a fundraising pitch, they should use these. Perhaps they already do. Besides the pictures, I’ve also pasted the first paragraph of my next post on.. …

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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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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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Anand Kumar’s Super 30 Journey

  Well organized conferences usually feature popular speakers towards the start and end of the day. The penultimate session at Sankalp Forum Day#1 featured a talk by Anand Kumar (of Super 30 fame) — and what a talk it turned out to be. It helped that the audience had a high awareness of Super 30 …

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No frills traveling MBA program from TREES

The cost of a two-year MBA program at a top-tier MBA school in India (think IIMs and XLRI) will burn 14 lakhs in your wallet. For Tier 2 MBA schools, the cost plummets to a range between 3 and 5 lakhs. The cost drops further to the tune of 1.5 lakhs for the long tail …

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