Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india
SIX innovators I met in India <br />(and what we could learn from them)<br />Cynthia Shanmugalingam<br />June 2010<br />
Why a non-Indian makes a 6th trip to India<br />
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 />
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 />
Social innovator 1: The IT nerd<br /><ul><li>More than social media
AravindEyecare</li></ul>Recommendation 3: <br />Find the designers and help <br />them disseminate<br />
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
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 />
Social innovator 5: The entrepreneur-activist<br /><ul><li> Using real social enterprise models as a way of doing traditional activism
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 />
Social innovator 6: The global librarian <br /><ul><li> Global conversation on measurement
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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