Is this development or demolition?

In this suddenly massive town, do people even care about me! Not even as NRG (Yes, it is a known fact that NRG as a commodity is traded low now) but as a human being!! I just visited Surat right after and all I see is series of unstoppable malls for several kilometers with incredibly priced high rise buildings and …

My journey to not so ‘Flat World’

For last few years, I have been regularly questioning value that I create for a society using my knowledge, and I came out very empty every time. Growing up in India and working there on various rural integrated development projects and spending time working on rural and urban issues made me realize tremendous equity difference between the rich and the …

India West News On Oct 17 Gala Event

Rajiv Shah spoke of the role of innovative technology in bettering the lives of poor people throughout the world. He highlighted Ushahidi, which allows people to gather data via text, e-mail or the Web, and aggregate that information from the public for use in crisis response. Ushahidi was used extensively during the massive Haiti earthquake, allowing rescuers to contact survivors …

Ahimsa –Global Peace What would Gandhi Do Today?

Gandhi and Amhisa intertwined—uttered in the same breathe. The task of making Human mind a healthy space is the hardest of all. Peaces as well violence are seeded in our mind. Gandhi conceptualized and applied ‘non-violence’ to create, widen and deepen the scope of non-violence. Non-violence is the weapon of the bravest of the brave as a brave as such …

Dr. Rajiv Shah: The Mission Impossible – Global Leader with IndoGuj Roots

Can you think of a leader who moves in various theatres of the world, negotiating with rulers from the French President Chirac to Pakistan President Asif Zardari? Working with the UN Secretary General to South African President Nelson Mandela? Working in the White House as well as distributing vaccines among the crowd of the poor Africans? The one to whom …

Sameer’s Samvedana – An Inspiring journey of 12 year old ICA Ambassador

Last summer, I did something unexpected, volunteering in India. It all started with the passing away of my grandma and grandpa, which motivated me to do something to give back. My sister Saloni had to complete 65 hours of community service for her school and she felt that it would be nice to do it in India. On the first …

Annual Event 2010: ICA Presents Leading Social Innovators

Neil Patel from Stanford who co-founded with Dr. Tapan Parikh, a platform called “Avaaj Otalo” which has helps farmers to promote agri-operations by timely instruction through mobile phones. Real time information related to weather, bazaar trends like grain prices enable the farmers to take better decisions in timely manner. In its “Avaaj De” program, rural people call up for advice …

Social Entrepreneurship: A New Social Innovation Trend

New generation NGO ‘Kiirti ‘is a Seattle(US)-Bangalore based platform run by Selvem to enable effective governance by promoting awareness and citizen engagement in their problems. ’Kiirti’ surveys auto traffic in Bangalore, displays its data in public places and draws the attention of civic and government authorities to the problem. Many local groups then file reports highlighting the auto issues in …

Inspiring Journey

InSPIRE is a 5-week long immersion program which seeks to connect South Asians from abroad to India. I had not been to India for over ten years, but was fortunate enough to obtain a generous scholarship from the ICA (Indians for Collective Action), which is a San Francisco based non-profit group which supports innovative community-led development projects throughout India. The …

Sevathon – Support ICA and meet future social entrepreneurs

Baylands Park, Sunnyvale ICA’s mission is to support sustainable development in India by partnering with dedicated non-goverment organizations (NGO’s) and individuals http://icaonline.org/index.shtml Walk for a Cause 5K / 10K ($25 pre-registration / $35 race day) walk or run Half marathon ($40 pre-registration / $60 race day) 100% goes to bay area charities Awards ceremony and prizes Health and Wellness Fair …

evaluation water projects

India has a diversity of climate in different parts and it not uncommon for one part to have floods and other parts having a drought. So no uniform criteria for judging the relevnance will not do.This entails difference in local conditions,topography, prevalant techniques water conservation, patterns water usage to fashion an optimum,rather than a maximum use,replenishment or recharge of groud …

SE: A new, People’s Corporate Player

First such trend is collaboration. Recent global economic meltdown was a perfect storm for not only for profit corporate world but also a disastrous for non-profit world. Microfinance Institutions (MFIS) have always been chided as a best example of a growing trend of social entrepreneurism. MFIS and other social entrepreneur’s fund dried up from their traditional sources such as foundations, …

Mundra SEZ: Reminding the Struggle of the Gandhian Era?

Mundra SEZ, one of the nation’s most ambitious SEZs with projected Rs. 50,000 crore investments in SEZ, port and power plants presents a case study of a dynamic private corporation pushing its development project, people’s struggle against ‘manipulative’ acquisition of land and the village commons, environmental conservation, role of the Supreme Court and the state government’s benign treatment of an …