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Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
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  • 1. SIX innovators I met in India <br />(and what we could learn from them)<br />Cynthia Shanmugalingam<br />June 2010<br />
  • 2. Why a non-Indian makes a 6th trip to India<br />
  • 3. What I got up to<br />Kicked off a research report into education in Mumbai<br />Advised 28 social entrepreneurs <br />Attended 2 national events in philanthropy and social investment<br />3 field trips (Gujarat, Mumbai, TN)<br />Wrote on my blog (!)<br />Lived and worked in Mumbai <br />
  • 4. The context for social innovation in India<br />Enormous social problems<br />Corrupt government and no public sector commissioning<br />Questionable legacy of MFI<br />Rapid and messy economic growth (=10%)<br />Fast growing consumerism and little private sector job security<br />Truly amazing social entrepreneurs <br />
  • 5. Social innovator 1: The IT nerd<br /><ul><li>More than social media
  • 6. Overcoming distribution problems
  • 7. Well-designed and delivered </li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li>Skymet
  • 8. Comat</li></ul>- UK could be applied to elderly, disabled…<br />Recommendation 1: Hire more IT nerds<br />
  • 9. Social innovator 2: The commercial mind<br /><ul><li>Effective at running an operation without the “hard-to-reach”
  • 10. Calm, capable, strategic, operators</li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li>Source Pilani (rural BPO)
  • 11. FabIndia</li></ul>Recommendation 2: <br />Understand commercial <br />realities in sectors where we <br />want to engage better<br />
  • 12. Social innovator 3: The designer<br /><ul><li>Moving beyond invention into crafted, tested, solid design
  • 13. Usually expert</li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li>GyanShala
  • 14. Educational Initiatives
  • 15. AravindEyecare</li></ul>Recommendation 3: <br />Find the designers and help <br />them disseminate<br />
  • 16. Social innovator 4: The human banker<br /><ul><li> Most funders throw money at under-resourced organisations and hope they will do something good with it
  • 17. Very few use the money instead to buy great people and loan them out</li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li> Monitor Inclusive Markets</li></ul>Recommendation 4: <br />A new model of social lending?<br />
  • 18. Social innovator 5: The entrepreneur-activist<br /><ul><li> Using real social enterprise models as a way of doing traditional activism
  • 19. Moving entrepreneurship into politics and civic engagement</li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li>Shaffi Mather</li></ul>Recommendation 5: <br />Is there a conversation about this kind of <br />intervention?<br />
  • 20. Social innovator 6: The global librarian <br /><ul><li> Global conversation on measurement
  • 21. After MFI sure others will follow on investment, etc</li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li> GIIN and IRIS</li></ul>Recommendation 6: <br />Bring this conversation to the UK<br />

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