Understanding the mentorship model at Villgro, selection process and the state of Impact Investment in India in an interaction with Ullas Marar from Villgro
Understanding the mentorship model, incubatee selection process and the parameters of impact through an interaction with Dr. Neelam Maheshwari, Director of Deshpande Foundation
All of us cannot be great social changemakers and we don’t have to be. We can start by taking small steps in our daily lives. Segregating our waste, consuming less and buying organic are just a few things we can begin with.
In the globalized and market-led world of today, consumers have choice of products. For far too long we have bought or used products that have pandered to our naked consumerism over planet and people. Time to change our preferences. Commercial brands have a great opportunity to bring about social good by changing consumer preferences towards sustainable and ethically made products.
Erroneous perception about profit often doubts the intentions of a For-Profit Social Enterprise and overlooks fund related malpractices in Not for Profit NGOs. Attaching a moral value and transparent methodology to delivering social good makes people uneasy at the idea of doing it through a sustainable revenue model. Which is better? Generating profit through fair trade or depending on grants and donations which is becoming difficult to come through because of the philanthropy funding sources being saturated by pleas for it?
I was elated when I got an opportunity to represent the noble work carried out by Manjit Singh at Salaiban at the Social Welfare & Growth Awards (SWAG) 2016 organized by The CSR Journal. Here’s a short video.
An effective and honest CSR policy goes a long way in ensuring positive and sustainable impact on the lives of its target beneficiaries. However it’s very important that CSR does not become a mere gimmick, advertising strategy, tool of peripheral development and a path for political ambitions. If this undesirable and dangerous outcome has to be prevented then all of us in the civil society need to ask tough questions and seek answers to them.
Harsha Mukherjee is a multi-faceted person. She’s a profound entrepreneur, founder of a nonprofit, and a CSR consultant. It is this dynamism that prompted me to feature her as the guest blogger on Creatively Unsettled.
For several years, social enterprises were often assumed to be idealistic and lacking entrepreneurial ability. In popular imagination, social entrepreneurs were a bunch of middle-aged khadi clad persons in a perpetual activist mode, seething with anger against the society and the establishment. Today’s social entrepreneurs are a picture in contrast. Most of them are young and creative with stellar credentials armed with management acumen to run a social good enterprise as a professional entity.