Key Takeaways from Forbes India Panel on Creating Shared Value

Back in Dec 2011, I attended a very interesting panel discussion organized by Forbes India. The panelists were Azim Premji Foundation’s Dileep Ranjekar, FabIndia’s Sunil Chainani, Janaagraha’s Ramesh Ramanathan, Manipal Education’s Mohandas Pai, and FSG’s Lalitha Vaidyanathan. The panel was excellently moderated by CNBC TV18’s Suresh Venkat. It was my introduction to Shared Value – a …

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Just WHAT exactly is Shared Value?

A few months ago, I attended a very interesting panel discussion organized by Forbes India. It was my introduction to Shared Value – a concept which, loosely speaking, is like ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on steroids’. The panelists were Azim Premji Foundation’s Dileep Ranjekar, FabIndia’s Sunil Chainani, Janaagraha’s Ramesh Ramanathan, Manipal Education’s Mohandas Pai, and …

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Impact Investing Landscape in India

When I give my 2-minute elevator pitch about TechSangam to friends or acquaintances, I usually follow-up with the question “Do you know what social enterprises are?” The answer invariably is “No.” The only other term with a lower aided awareness is ‘impact investing’. Heck! I first heard the term during this year’s Sankalp Forum and …

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A Call to Social Arms – Part 1

Israel’s mandatory military service program has long been an ideal for some concerned Indian citizens (Israeli citizens need to put in a 2-3 year military stint after turning 18). They argue that a similar program for Indian citizens is the only way to inculcate patriotism and selfless service. Perhaps. After all, we are living in …

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