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Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india


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Cynthia shanmugalingam on social innovation in india

  1. 1. SIX innovators I met in India <br />(and what we could learn from them)<br />Cynthia Shanmugalingam<br />June 2010<br />
  2. 2. Why a non-Indian makes a 6th trip to India<br />
  3. 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. 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. 5. Social innovator 1: The IT nerd<br /><ul><li>More than social media
  6. 6. Overcoming distribution problems
  7. 7. Well-designed and delivered </li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li>Skymet
  8. 8. Comat</li></ul>- UK could be applied to elderly, disabled…<br />Recommendation 1: Hire more IT nerds<br />
  9. 9. Social innovator 2: The commercial mind<br /><ul><li>Effective at running an operation without the “hard-to-reach”
  10. 10. Calm, capable, strategic, operators</li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li>Source Pilani (rural BPO)
  11. 11. FabIndia</li></ul>Recommendation 2: <br />Understand commercial <br />realities in sectors where we <br />want to engage better<br />
  12. 12. Social innovator 3: The designer<br /><ul><li>Moving beyond invention into crafted, tested, solid design
  13. 13. Usually expert</li></ul>Examples:<br /><ul><li>GyanShala
  14. 14. Educational Initiatives
  15. 15. AravindEyecare</li></ul>Recommendation 3: <br />Find the designers and help <br />them disseminate<br />
  16. 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. 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. 18. Social innovator 5: The entrepreneur-activist<br /><ul><li> Using real social enterprise models as a way of doing traditional activism
  19. 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. 20. Social innovator 6: The global librarian <br /><ul><li> Global conversation on measurement
  21. 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 />