New Programs in 2012: Development Through Innovation

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, and end with some dinner. Our first guest speaker is Pavi Mehta, author of Infinite Vision which tells the remarkable story of how …

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

What were my lessons from book? Many of the reviewers have done attributed importance of “spirituality” in doing work such as this. This is certainly an important factor, there are many other equally critical factors for their success. When Dr. V inspired Thulsiraj from well-paid corporate management role in US, his inclusion into team brought a much needed operational vision. …

Sustainable Innovation

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 …

Project SEWA

Objectives of SEWA: The objectives of SEWA are Self-Reliance & Full Employment for its members. Self-reliance means that women should be autonomous and self-reliant, individually and collectively, both economically and in terms of their decision-making ability. Full employment means employment whereby workers obtain work security, income security, food security, and social security (at least health care, child care and shelter). …

Building Bridges For Social Transformation

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 …

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

  ICA aims to inspire professional who have spent decent time in corporate world or students specializing in social entrepreneurship, design or international development. Our main aim is to engage young, ideal, and professional in finding sustaining solutions for development sector.  Several US based professionals with a previous start up, energy institution, semiconductor industry and healthcare solutions went to India …

Sneha Thomas’s Journey to SEWA Rural as ICA Ambassador

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 …

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

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 policies and development of India.  In fact, Times of India editorial states that Corruption and Inflation are two reasons, India’s growth story may not even materialize.  A non-profit group …

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

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 …

Creating impact in a right way

1. Mentoring Key Partners This is by far the best thing that ICA is doing today.  In fact, we are already building a significant value to  Pallium and ARMMAN in both India and US.  My trip clearly exposed importance of meeting these experts who can clearly have better understanding of public health and out-of-box approach more suitable in Indian market …