What we Eat vs. How we Cook it: A Report from the Field

Climate Healers‘ mission is to facilitate reforestation around the world so that carbon cycle imbalances due to human activities can be reversed.  The ultimate objective is to draw down the Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere to levels conducive to the well-being of ecosystems and therefore, human beings, around the world. Reforestation is the primary means available to achieve this carbon draw down, as it is estimated that even if humans stopped deforesting today, half …

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. I believe this was a turning point which is so important to understand. There comes …

SEWA Rural – Exemplary of rural health delivery system

Though it would be unjust to give you all the details about their operation, for some who is specifically learning about SEWA-Rural, I highly recommend visiting their website. However, I thought readers might find useful to learn from my personal observation about such unique operations, challenges and key issues facing rural healthcare delivery in India. As noted earlier Dr. Anil Desai and Dr. Lata Desai along with unique team of doctors and local field professionals …

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 bungalows. Just within few days several mother complained that their daughter do not have playmate …

Vision of ICA’s Founder – Dr. P. K. Mehta – Swami Vivekananda – A Role Model For Social Activists In India

P.Kumar Mehta (OCT.23,2010) In his book, The Discovery of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru wrote,” Rooted in the past and yet modern in his approach to life’s problems, Vivekananda was a kind of bridge between the past of India and her present.” Later, in one of his speeches in Delhi ,he said, “ I do not know how many of the younger generation have read the speeches and the writings of Swami Vivekananda. But I can …

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 poor. When asked the biggest reason for hunger in the world, majority attributed it to …

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 trapped under the rubble, via their mobile phones. Shah was confirmed three weeks before a …

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 the congested metro. Karnataka government has inked MoU with ‘Kiirti’ for using its information. ‘Kiirti’s …