Posted on April 1, 2009 by prernasri
This year, I’m helping to run the Harvard International Development Conference (IDC) at the Harvard Kennedy School. It promises to be an exciting event, with panel topics ranging from the role of mobile technology as a means of alleviating poverty to private sector-led, entrepreuneurial models for development. If you intend on attending the conference, please do let me know – I would love to meet members of our readership in person!
More information follows below:
The 15th Annual Harvard International Development Conference
April 3 – 4, 2009 | Harvard Kennedy School
Register Now! www.HARVARD-IDC.com
We would like to introduce you to the 15th Annual Harvard International Development Conference (IDC) at the Harvard Kennedy School. In light of an increasingly challenging global context, this year’s theme, “IMPACT: Turning Global Challenges into Opportunities,” delves into the need for the reconceptualization of existing development paradigms, as well as the importance of cross-sector, entrepreneurial partnerships.
We are especially pleased to present our keynote speakers for this year’s conference:
Mr. John Wood, Founder, Room to Read; Author, ‘Leaving Microsoft to Change the World’
Dr. Kyung-Wha Kang, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
Dr. Howard Zucker, Former Assistant Director General, World Health Organization
The core programmatic elements of the IDC are our 13 Panels and 4 Workshops under 4 Topics, each consisting of four to five leading development experts from a multitude of sectors: government, private sector, academia and international organizations. This year’s topics include:
A. International Trade & Finance
B. Science & Technology for Development
C. Human Rights & Human Security
D. Private Sector & Entrepreneurial Solutions for Development
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Posted on March 29, 2009 by Shital
The inspirational, energy-filled, and fun TED conference is heading to India this year. From November 4-7, 2009, TEDIndia will take place in Mysore and bring together speakers and delegates that are reinventing India. The huge success of TED makes its arrival in India even more exciting. At TC-I, we covered a few TED talks here, here, and here.
A little background on the TED conference:
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, and philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Nandan Nilekani, Jane Goodall, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.
The India conference will answer questions like:
- Which local innovations are destined for global impact?
- Who are the young thinkers and doers capable of shaping the future?
- Can there be economic advancement without environmental destruction?
- Can a pluralistic democracy survive in the face of rising fundamentalism?
- Can we make money and be good? Really?
- What should we learn – or fear? — from China’s investment in Africa?
- Do we have enough water for everyone?
- How do we keep our youth challenged and our aged healthy?
- How can anti-poverty solutions be brought to scale?
- Is there wisdom to be found in traditional medicine?
- Which other ancient traditions can illuminate modern life?
This will be an event that any social innovator in India will want to attend – register to apply here.
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Posted on March 27, 2009 by santhoshramdoss
Sulabh‘s founder, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, was recently named the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. Sulabh has been working for decades to address sanitation, health, and hygiene in India and other countries. Through inventive toilet designs, new biogas technologies, and his struggle for human rights, especially for those of the “untouchable” caste, Dr Pathak is recognized worldwide as an innovator and social reformer. A Business Standard article explains further:
The social reformer, who triggered the revolution against ‘sanitation crisis’, has been the main force behind changing social attitudes towards traditional unsanitary latrine practices in slums, rural villages and dense urban districts, and developed cost-effective toilet systems that have improved daily life and health for millions of people.
Dr Pathak will receive the award in Stockholm during World Water Week in August.
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