New Programs in 2012: Development Through Innovation

Mar 08
We are beginning our first 2012 with a great excitement and introduction to various new programs. We hope that you will take a look at them and signup. India Development Circle: Evening with Author of Infinite Vision On March 13, we are inaugurating our monthly “India Development Circle” series. Modeled after Wednesdays, we will start with an hour of silent meditation, then invite an inspiring guest speaker to share their insights on development in India,

Infinite Vision Book Review: Aravind is like Kilimanjaro and Infinite Vision is like Himalaya touching my infinite imagination

Feb 21
Infinite Vision is more than a business case for compassion – it is window into how organizations can build vision, operation vision, and sustainable execution. Patritra and Suchitra – you have written an amazing book and hats off for giving another giant vision. Whether you come from management background, social sector, social entrepreneurship, ophthalmic, health sector or design thinker – this book gives best in each. Typically author has one strong side, but this like

Sustainable Innovation

Feb 21
Background Social innovation has been a near and dear subject to me for several years.  Since I left my corporate life, my main objective is to understand – how one can be a catalyst to create social innovation ecosystem.  During my last two visits in a year, meetings with so many new socially minded friends, visits to few leading NGOs like SEWA, SEWA Rural and Aravind Eye, and recent book on Aravind Eye – “Infinite

Project SEWA

Feb 18
Self Employed Women‟s Association (SEWA) is a member-based organization of poor self-employed women workers. It has a membership of 1.36 million women across 7 states, almost half of which is from rural Gujarat. It is an organization of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labor or small businesses, and are unable to obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector. They are

Building Bridges For Social Transformation

Feb 17
Unmesh Sheth My father, and first mentor, impacted me greatly. He gave to not only me, but to the people of Gujarat, India through  the immeasurable daily gifts of knowledge and social uplifting. He gave to me the lasting gift of courage to follow my passion instead of a “corporate mirage.” He was the first hero in my life. His wisdom led me to my other mentor, and hero, Indians For Collective Actions (ICA) which

Collaborative open source platform to inspire, collaborate and empower social sector

Feb 17
Indians for Collective Action (ICA) is a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit group. ICA believes in a secure life for every Indian, in a sustainable environment and a just society. Since our inception in 1968, we have nurtured social activists, spawned numerous initiatives including Asha for Education and Foundation for Excellence, and supported innovative community-led development projects in over 20 states of India and disbursing over $5.0 million (mostly in last decade). We partner with

Sneha Thomas’s Journey to SEWA Rural as ICA Ambassador

Aug 30
Sneha Thomas 05/2011 Though I have read about many cases where an individual or a small group has created an impact in someone else’s life, I never thought I would be able to witness this in my real life. The work of SEWA Rural is just an inexplicable example where a small group of individuals made a difference in the society and led to the upbringing of the community itself. Although SEWA Rural Hospital is

Honor India’s Anti Corruption Movement & Dr. Paul Polak by Sponsoring ICA Annual Event

Aug 15
A Rare Event In Bay Area Meet Anti Corruption Movement Team Anna Hazare & Prashant Bhushan Father of social entrepreneurship Dr. Paul Polak Empowering Your Passion for Social Change Event Speakers Sponsor Tickets Facebook Join Anti Corruption Team Oct 15, 2011, Santa Clara Convention Dear ICA Friends,   Congratulation for celebrating India’s Independence day.  Though we are 64 years in independence today, we are way behind in giving independence for many Indians who have never benefited from

Use your professional skills to alliviate poverty – First Knowledge Network for Indian Bottom Of Pyramid (BOP)

May 18
  ICA’s social entrepreneur group is leading an initiative to build a replicable and scalable framework that assists non-profits and Social Entrepreneurs like ‘ARMMAN’ and ‘Pallium India’ in creating effective and efficient organizational structures (i.e. funding, operations, leadership development, management, services delivery). Today’s leading NGOs and social enterprises focusing on Bottom Of Pyramid (BOP) challenges, such as the creation of sustainable energy programs with effective distribution (e.g. SEWA) and new services- and technology-based sustainable social

Creating impact in a right way

Mar 25
Often working from a foreign soil which often tends to look at the issues in developing country through their market centric eye which can often bring undesired and often negative impact to the society.  I personally witnessed effect and often juggled my evil twin during my month long trip to India.  During my visit, I was very fortunate to meet prominent economist who worked @ planning commission, various leading entrepreneurs and management gurus from leading