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    Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india Presentation Transcript

    • 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