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How to transform 1,000,000,000 lives in 5475 days?
There are over one billion people below the poverty line, living
in terrible and inhuman conditions, around the world. These are
people who neither have food to eat, nor have clothes or shelter
to protect themselves against the elements. Extreme poverty is
predominantly concentrated in South Asia, and Sub-Saharan
Africa, with India accounting for 42% (2008) of it.
Irrespective of which side of the line we stand, our destinies are
intricately interlinked. Any idea for a safer and saner planet is a
pipe-dream unless it works to pull these one billion lives out of
The Good news: Together we have all that is needed - wisdom,
conviction, ideas and resources - right here on this planet to
solve every problem, within our lifetime!
Most NGOs and Social Entrepreneurs do not have access to
professional expertise in technology, management and other
domains of knowledge. This results in an inefficient use of
resources (Human, Ecological, Monetary and Material) as well as
sub-optimal solutions to complex problems.
All social problems are inter-connected. But the solvers are
independent. Fragmented solutions can not have an impact at
the system level. Lack of means to exchange knowledge and
best-practices results in unaffordable redundancies, and more
importantly, inter-solution conﬂicts.
Connected problems demand diversity of thought in the
solution process, which is conspicuously missing in the current
These challenges mark the distance between a good intention and a Great idea
A vast majority of good
intentions do not evolve into the
next level - Great Ideas.
Great ideas are ones that have
the potential to create a positive
impact at the system level.
The real bottleneck in the social-
change value chain is between
an intention and the Idea!
InteGreater is the platform that
facilitates knowledge exchange
across the value chain, creates
access to expertise, minimizes
redundancies and unites all the
stakeholders with one mission -
To build a happy planet!
The 3 Components of the Plan
LEAD Network is the network of Leaders and Experts Across
Domains. This network celebrates diversity of thought and
represents the core philosophy of InteGreater.
OpenSPACEs (Opensource Solutions for Poverty Alleviation through
Collaborative Enterprises) is a simple web-based application that
lets anyone contribute/share ideas and build them into cohesive
and practical solutions. The context for ideas on OpenSPACEs is
Alleviation of Extreme Poverty.
Infrastructure for promoting Social Entrepreneurship and for
ensuring a steady supply of trained social entrepreneurs.
Projects by the network of Leaders and Experts Across Domains
LEAD Membership is by invitation only. These are highly
accomplished individuals (Experts) who are willing to contribute
their expertise pro bono, for the common good.
NGOs and Social entrepreneurs post their challenges on the
InteGreater platform, and the Experts form cross-functional
teams to help them become more efficient and effective. A
typical project team is a combination of experts (senior
professionals & academicians) and students.
LEAD Projects develop a network of highly efficient NGOs and
Social Enterprises with very effective and replicable solutions
that address a wide range of social problems.
LEAD Projects for NGOs & Social Entrepreneurs: The EfﬁcienSEA Model
Efﬁciency Solution Enhancement Augmentation
Focus: Product/Ser vice and
Focus: Building efﬁciencies within Market development through: Focus: Scale-up or Scale-out
the organization through better
systems & processes Marketing (Branding,
communication etc) Scaling up is a lot more
than just having sufﬁcient
Financial Management Strategic partnerships funds. How one does it
Technology partnerships determines how high one Project Team
Web presence SCM In many cases in the social 3-4 Experts
Other Internal operations that
Measurability d e v e l o p m e n t s e c t o r,
tend to become bottlenecks 3-5 Students
The idea is to enable the Scaling-Out may turn out
It’s important to create 1-3 Professors
organization to do more to to be a much better option
ways to manage scarce its target population, and
resources efﬁciently. also to enhance its reach GOONJ
Deepalaya Drishtee, Enable-India
“Assembling the right team to help a particular non-proﬁt/social entrepreneur is just the beginning.
Our endeavor is to manage the engagement end-to-end, right from ideation to implementation”
Opensource Solutions for Poverty Alleviation through Collaborative Enterprises
OpenSPACEs is a wiki based idea aggregator, for those of us that
have ideas for poverty alleviation. Doesnʼt matter if you havenʼt
thought them through, or if they are wild and crazy. You never know
how your small idea can lead to a huge transformation.
Your ideas on OpenSPACEs are organized into 9 areas, all in the
context of extreme poverty.
No one owns the OpenSPACEs... Come, Share and be part of the
solution! Just plant the seed of an unreasonable idea, and trust other
like-minded people to nurture and nourish it into an amazing
The focus of Infrastructure is to build efficiencies in the existing
NGOs, and to promote & support Social Entrepreneurship by
facilitating structured training and capacity building initiatives.
Research & Training Infrastructure:
Through a Network of Academic Partners
Social Entrepreneur Network Infrastructure
How do we transform a billion lives within 5475 days, by 2024?
Experts help NGOs and Social Enterprises
(CSOs) in various aspects including:
Network of Efﬁcient CSOs
with effective solutions
Solution effectiveness, through technology
across areas of work
intervention and Strategic alliances
OpenSPACEs Dec’09 ~
Opensource Solutions for Poverty Alleviation
Network of Leaders & Experts Across through Collaborative Enterprises Highly replicable Modular Transform
Co-create integrated modular solutions for
problems associated with extreme poverty
solution frameworks... 1,000,000,000
Highly accomplished individuals willing Plug-and-Play!
to contribute their expertise pro bono, Sustainable Economic Transformation of the Lives!
for the common good natives, integral to the solutions
Infrastructure Jan’11 ~
Capacity building - Steady
Support infrastructure for potential social
supply of Social
Training & Fellowship Program
massive replication of
Make it easy & cool to be a social entrepreneur
We are people with different stories, but connected by a
common dream. Let's get together to script the greatest story,
around the most beautiful dream. Let's build a happier planet in
We cannot convince you to join us... it's a choice each of us
makes. Let's remember, we didn't inherit this planet from our
parents... we borrowed it from our children. They will know
what choice we made, and the proof will be the world around
them. Let's make the right choice!
Share your views on the idea, and on how we can make it
happen, together... And Spread the word. Thank you!
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