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