Wednesday, December 31, 2008

XLRI talk on Social Entrepreneurship

From The Telegraph

Jamshedpur, Dec. 23 (The Telegraph): To make people aware about social entrepreneurship, XLRI has planned a national conference.

The Social Entrepreneurship Trust and Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance (Sigma) of XLRI will arrange the conclave on social entrepreneurship on January 31 and February 1 next year.

The theme of the conference would be “Providing Access for Sustainable Devel- opment” while its purpose is to showcase innovative social entrepreneurship ventures by individual entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporate executives and government agencies.

It will also provide a common platform for sharing of experiences, issues and concerns of the social sector.

About 150 development sector professionals would attend the conference.

It will be the first-of- its-kind for XLRI. The conference will be organised in association with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global association of social entrepreneurs, and, a portal on social and developmental of India.

“The conference is part of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the B-school. We wanted to give a distinct identity to the social concerns, so we thought of coming up with this conference.

“There are resources but they can’t reach the grassroots and that is a cause of concern,” said Madhukar Shukla, the professor of organisational behaviour and chairperson of Social Entrepreneurship Trust at XLRI.

The conference has been designed around six sessions over two days, each highlighting the problem of “accessing the resources”.

Experts would talk on access to credit and financial services, access to education, access to healthcare and hygiene, access to livelihood opportunities, access to market and rural access to societal resources.

Each session will have three speakers who will share their views and provide solutions.

The conference will also have a social entrepreneurship workshop, a performance by Blind Opera and competitions for students interested in social entrepreneurship.

Confirmed Resource Persons/ Speakers:

Ms Aparna Banerjee
CEO, Project Sukanya
& Ashoka Fellow

Mr Anshu Gupta
Founder, GOONJ
& Ashoka Fellow

Ms Chetna Gala Sinha
Founder, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank
& Ashoka Fellow

Mr CV Madhukar
Founder, PRS Legislative Research & Co-Founder, Akshara Foundation
& Ashoka Fellow

Mr Dilip Ranjekar
CEO, Azim Premji Foundations

Dr Joe Madiath
Founder & Executive Director, Gram Vikas
& Skoll Social Entrepreneur

Mr KC Shashidhar
Chief General Manager, NABARD, Jharkhand

Mr Keerti Bhusan Pradhan
Head of Programs - India Office, Right to Sight

Dr Pradip Sarmah
Director, Centre for Rural Development
& Ashoka Fellow

Mr Pravin Mahajan
Founder & Executive Director, Janarth

Mr Rajiv Khandelwal
Director, Aajeevika Bureau
& Ashoka Fellow

Mr S Shivkumar
Chief Executive, ITC Agri Business - E-Choupal

Mr Samit Ghosh
CEO, Ujjivan

Mr Solomon Jaiprakash
Founder & Chief Executive, Maya Organic*
* awaiting confirmation

Ms Sushmita Ghosh
President Emeritus, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Dr Vanita Viswanath
CEO, Udyogini

Mr Ved Arya
Managing Trustee, SRIJAN
& Ashoka Fellow

Mr Venkat Changavalli
CEO, EMRI - Emergency Management & Research Instt

Mr Verghese Jacob
Lead Partner, Byrraju Foundation

Mr Vijay Mahajan
Founder & CEO, BASIX
& Senior Ashoka Fellow

Posted By The Theme to XLRI Jamshedpur - News and Latest Updates at 12/24/2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pictures and Video of Singapore Edition of XLRI Alumni Dream Run


XLRI Dream Run
Botanic Gardens

Yes a whole lot of xlers in Singapore ran around the botanic gardens and felt really good to be a part of the just a few hours and few steps we were able to build a great camaraderie and friendships. thanks to everyone who turned up and showed their support to xl and to the cause.

as you all may be aware by now, we were running to raise $ 5k for the XLRI Social Entrepreneurship Trust

The run was super. The weather, thanks to the rain god - it rained in the afternoon: was nice and cool..

we started a bit late but still were able to make the full 5k( approx) and be back by 8 pm. Not bad eh...thanks everyone...

A special one goes to Deepak (97 batch) from Stan Chart. He promised that he will come with his family (wife and 2 sons) and all of them did the whole run. A real WOW !...

Super job Deepak. I really admired your enthusiasm and the spontaneity. You are truly an XL soul. I hope we meet again and I really felt very happy for your kids and wife - they took the time and made all of us feel really PROUD.

Another special thanks should go to SCAMPY the loving adorable doggie and Nans (1983) and Shubha ( 1984) who made that happen. Scampy is so so adorable and was the darling of the party..

Talking about a party - thanks to Abhilasha to have made it to SBG after a party - even that shows true support and spirit.

Pity that many people said they will come but did not show up and did not message...

Oh I should not forget to thank Lavanya Rajesh for the super collection mechanism and t shirt logistics - thank you so much...

The location worked out really well. It was nice and cozy and we could use all the facilities etc till late.

I had asked Prof.Madhukar about increasing participation etc and he had indicated to me once in an e-mail - "if it is to happen and if the wishes are positive and there is good energy - the UNIVERSE will provide"...yes so it is.

When I arrived at 6.30 pm, honestly, I had my doubts and trepidations about the turn out - but I brushed the negativity aside and sent out many positive wishes and it seems like it all turned out well. what a dream (run) come true ...

I think the t shirts sold well and many million thanks to the new batches who have arrived in Singapore who fully supported the cause and made the contributions.

Thanks Dr Shree for spreading the word around.

I do want to just dial back on the objective we set and the next steps:

We did promise that we would raise $5K. Many people have supported us in this cause. shyam, aditya and few others have already indicated their contributions and our thanks goes to all of you..

We have to support the xl social entrprenuer trust. Like Rajesh said in his speech - it is not a charity. it is a business and business with a cause and they need the help. they are doing good work and we should not let this slip between the cracks. so guys and gals - it is up to us - and here is a great opportunity to pay it forward or give back or how/whatever you want to think about...

So friends - a small favor - even if you were not able to make it today it does not matter - find some time do your own run or walk - and send to us your contributions either to me or Rajesh. I think many of the people have our numbers - so please call

Since many of you are on vacation or last minute business travel etc - we are extending the date to make your contributions to 25 January 2009. Yes a good 6 weeks.

We'd like to send the contributions over to Madhukar by that time .... So there is time.

But don't wait. Just do it NOW. ..The spirit is in the giving and sharing and the time is perfect.

Love and Peace.
Best Wishes

View the photo album: XL Dream Run, December 13, 2008

Watch the Video:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Final Call : Singapore Alumni Walk/ Dream Run

Final Call!

Let’meet tomorrow! Make sure you are there at 630pm so that we start sharp at 7pm

Make sure your friends join and RSVP as wll :) We are going to have some great time!

We will assemble at the Botanic Gardens @ Gazebo inside the Bukit Timah Core of the gardens. It is near the Jacob Ballas Children's Gardens.

6:30 Registration and start the walk at 7pm


Getting there:

Specific Location: - BUKIT TIMAH CORE -

The specific location to meet is at the Gazebo inside the Bukit Timah Core of the gardens. It is near the Jacob Ballas Children's Gardens.

Rajesh Soundararajan

Friday, December 05, 2008

Dream4Others - 3rd Social Venture by XLRI Students

Please register on - the 3rd Social Venture by XLRI students - and supported by XLRI Social Entrepreneurship Trust... your 5 minutes in filling up a 7-item survey can make a difference
We are pleased to inform that few students of XLRI, Jamshedpur, have st­arted an online research venture, whereby we will be generating funds for the NGO's to help the needy t­hrough market research.

The dream for a better India is somewhere in the mind of every Indian. Few are trying to do som­ething about it, to take it further. Most are sitting laid back thinking what possible contribution t­hey can make. Everyone dreams of a comfortable life, a lucrative job and a happy family for ones­elf. But only some has the heart to dream for others. Our part, we chose would be to support soc­ial groups and organizations by generating financial resources that will help them concentrate in
helping the poor.

We want you to "be the change" by registering yourself at the site and answering few questions.­ Every time you answer these questions we will donate Rs. 50/- to Rs.200/-­ to a registered charitable social welfare organisation on your behalf. There are special prizes to be won on each survey and few monthly bumper prizes also. These prizes will range between Rs. 2000/- to Rs. 20000/-.

We will also be highly grateful if you can refer the site to everyone you know and ask them to giv­e their 5 mins for a noble cause. This will not be worthless as a normal chain mail usually is, and we will provide all the accountability of the money being donated through our site.

Please click on the following link on and help us to take the initiative for­ward to the highest level.

Raj Jalan

Thursday, December 04, 2008

8 days to go - Put Enthu, Put Fight!

8 days to go! Put Enthu, Put Fight!

Hurry up, please send in your confirmations!

Can you also share (?) Adults and (?) Children.

We will assemble at the Botanic Gardens @ Gazebo inside the Bukit Timah Core of the gardens. It is near the Jacob Ballas Childrens Gardens.

6:30 Registration and start the walk at 7pm

Getting there:

Specific Location: - BUKIT TIMAH CORE -

The specific location to meet is at the Gazebo inside the Bukit Timah Core of the gardens. It is near the Jacob Ballas Childrens Gardens.


Getting THere

By Foot:
Entrance to the Gardens is easy through the Gardens' major entrances: Tanglin Gate, Burkill Gate, Nassim Gate and Cluny Park Gate, and through the Bukit Timah Entrance.

By Car:
Car Parking Facilities are available at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre, Bukit Timah Car Park at Bukit Timah Core, Botany Centre, Jacob Ballas Children's Garden and Public Parking along Tyersall Avenue.
Car Park Charges
FAQs on Charged Parking System

By Bus:
Get to the Gardens by Public Bus
via Holland Road or Bukit Timah Road.

. Via Holland Road
SBS Transit 7, 105, 123, 174
SMRT 75, 77, 106

. Via Bukit Timah Road
SBS Transit 66, 151, 153, 154
SMRT 67, 171

By Taxi:

There is a Taxi Drop-Off and Pick-Up point at the Visitor Centre along Cluny Road.

By Coach:
a) Coach Drop-off Point is located at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre, the Ginger Garden Coach Drop-off Point and Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.

b) Coach Parking is available at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre, Tyersall Avenue Public Coach Park

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Social Entrepreneurship Conference @ XLRI: need help for leads for funding/sponsorship

looking for money/funding/sponsorship!! - or leads/contacts which will lead to money/funding/sponosorship
How does one get funding/sponsorship of about Rs 15 lacs (besides the participation fee) for the 1st National Social Entrepreneurship Conference at XLRI scheduled during January 31st-February 1st, 2009?
The target participants are about 100-150 representing development sector professionals (social entrepreneurs, NGOs, government officials operating in development space, CSR executievs, academicians, and interested students) who will attend the Conference.
,The following have confirmed their participation as speakers so far (in last 10 days)...any leads/ contacts will be helpful
- Mr Anshu Gupta (Founder, GOONJ & Ashoka Fellow)
- Ms Aparna Bannerjee (CEO, Project Sukanya & Ashoka Fellow)
- Mr CV Madhukar, (Founder, PRS Legislative Research & Co-Founder, Akshara Foundation & Ashoka Fellow)
- Mr Dilip Ranjekar (CEO, Azim Premji Foundations)
- Dr Joe Madiath (Founder & Executive Director, Gram Vikas)
- Mr Keerti Bhusan Pradhan, (Head of Programs - India Office, Right to Sight)
- Dr Pradip Sarmah (Director, CRD & Ashoka Fellow)
- Mr S Shivkumar (Chief Executive, ITC E-Choupal)
- Mr Samit Ghosh (CEO, Ujjivan)
- Dr Vanita Viswanath (CEO, Udyogini)
- Mr Venkat Chaganvalli (CEO, EMRI - Emergency Management & Research Instt)
- Mr Verghese Jacob (Lead Partner, Byrraju Foundation)
- Mr Vijay Mahajan, (Founder & CEO, Basix)


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