Guest Posts

Recognizing that the five of us on the ThinkChange India team cannot do it all, we actively look for guest bloggers to contribute to the platform to better cover this fast changing and moving space. Here you will find an updated list of entries by our Guest Bloggers as they are posted onto our blog.

Guest-Posters

Keyzom Ngodup: Keyzom works for Intellecap. Intellecap (www.intellecap.net) leverages deep industry knowledge and mainstream consulting experience towards building innovative business solutions for low-income markets. Through working with entrepreneurs on the ground, Intellecap has developed unique insights across a number of sectors in the developing world that allows Intellecap to be a trusted adviser to clients. Intellecap aims to build intellectual capital dedicated to facilitating investments into socially motivated businesses and to assist these businesses in becoming more profitable and achieving greater scale through consulting and advisory inputs. Intellecap connects to the social space through its emphasis on field exposure to its team, as well as by ideating and incubating innovative adaptations of mainstream, profitable solutions to address the broader challenges of businesses in development.

1. Business skills for rural women (March 18, 2008).

2. Networking Consistently & Informally – A Unique Offering for Start-Ups (April 2, 2008).

3. Investing & Handholding – The Aavishkaar Goodwell Way (April 3, 2008).

Kushal Chakrabarti and Neil Patel: Kushal and Neil are co-founders of Siksha.org, a peer-2-peer educational scholarship giving site that provides need based funding for students in India (and other countries) so that they can afford to attend school. They also write actively on their own blog here.

1. State of Education in India (March 31, 2008).

Marshall J. Krinitz: Marshall is the founder of More Than Tomorrow Project, which has successfully established two computer learning centers in the state of Himachal Pradesh. His expertise lies in the melding of technology and empowerment through information.

1. Bridging the Digital Divide: More Than Tomorrow Project (April 25, 2008).

Jason Ye: Jason is a MD/MBA student at Columbia University and an InSITE fellow. Jason visited India during his spring break on a project organized by Columbia’s International Development Club and worked on pro bono consulting project with LifeSpring Hospitals.

1. Making LifeSpring Come Alive (April 7, 2008).

Jordan Bower: Jordan is an intern at Indicorps, where he is promoting the growth of Ultimate Frisbee in Ahmedabad as a means of inspiring leadership and community integration among local youth. His expertise lies in climate change, youth empowerment, and design-based entrepreneurship. You can read his blog, http://www.jordanbower.com, here.

1. India announces “safe” climate change action plan, misses a chance for international leadership (June 4, 2008).

Badhri is a hardware engineer at Synopsys India Private Limited, Hyderabad. He has formed a team for corporate social responsibility in his company and had been heading it for last two years. He strongly believes that awareness is the starting point societal change. He writes at overtea.blogspot.com and is associated with targetingtheroots.blogspot.com.

1. Enabling CSR at Synopsys (June 14, 2008).

Aparna Dalal works with the Financial Access Initiative, a research consortium between New York University, Harvard, Yale, and Innovations for Poverty Action. FAI is focused on finding answers to how financial services can better meet the needs of poor households. FAI aims to provide rigorous research on the impacts of financial access and on innovative ways to improve access.

1. Health Microinsurance Models (September 3, 2008).

2. Financial Literacy and Microfinance – New Research (October 24, 2008).

5 Responses

  1. I need a change in India by first offsetting Global Warming- by my novel world’s cheapest solar product. Being Indian expatriate, right at the moment and having a financial difficulties, I wrote to major financial institutions around India, IREDA, including Goa IDC,EDC and other financial institutions- but not a single reply I ever received- nor a single automated message of receipt. Can someone advise me the next step?

  2. You should explore opportunities to be funded by certain VC funds focussed on Green Energy. We have featured some of them in this space before.

  3. Significance of Energy in Economic Growth of India

    Energy is one of the major inputs and driving force for the economic development of any country. Moreover in developing countries like India, the energy sector assumes a vital importance in view of the ever-increasing energy needs. Development of any country is possible only if it possesses adequate, safe, consistent and environment friendly sources of Energy.

    India growth story started during 90’s but somehow during the past two-decades Indian energy sector was not given due, appropriate and timely attention. Thus we are bound to face the after affects of this ignorance. Lack of adequate Energy is one of the reasons not able to sustain the present growth and we are wedged again.

    It was not so that our Technocrats had not warned about the fact or we were not aware of our future energy demands. But the political unsteadiness, lack of commitment and hallucination did the damage.

    I feel & trust, eventually India have understood the significance of Energy- Sector in the economic development of India and espousing the cause sincerely.

    Our PSU’s, SEB’s and Industrial visionaries are now leading from the front to address our Energy concerns fairly .They have well-understood the figures that consumption of power in India shall be double by 2012. Therefore we shall look not only the Power Generation, but also gear-up our transmission and distribution system, if we want to keep on with our present rate of growth.

    But in this anxiety of economic development, we cannot afford to ignore the environmental aspects while addressing our Energy concerns. As per data available the energy sector is the largest contributor of carbon dioxide emissions in India. The national inventory of greenhouse gases indicates that 55% of the total national emissions come from energy sector only.

    Even Sustainable- Development demands that we should pursue only the safe ways of producing, transmitting and distributing energy without jeopardizing our environment and obliterating the future well-being of our people and the planet.

    Pardeep Kr. Sharma
    ABB Faridabad

  4. Development of a universal prevention scheme is an essential aspect of each country’s National Social Services Programme. While in the West, impressive improvements have been made for overall development of life; people in developing countries are still struggling to ensure a better quality of life. Poverty, illiteracy of the population, unemployment, unawareness & ignorance, lack of infrastructural facilities and an over-burdened health care system makes the task all the more difficult. Hence, it is very essential that there should be some special activities with especially motivated and enthusiastic persons who can be geared to handle and tackle these burning issues. Moreover, it is a moral responsibility of all of us to help the people who are in need, in leading a normal and quality of life as far as possible.

    There are several NGOs’ running in and around Dhanbad (Jharkhand) with some specific objectives, but unfortunately there were no such NGOs, which can tackle these issues in a more holistic and integral approach, until a group of philanthropists from different localities in Dhanbad (Jharkhand) pledged to devote and take this noble task. These efforts have lead to the birth of this organization dedicated to these unprivileged people on January 2005, in Ajantapara Dhanbad (Jharkhand) and finally has been registered in August 2007. The organization

    was christened ‘PRERANA’ (Provision for recognition, education, rejuvenation, and awareness generation for needy anonymous) and has been striving since then to bring the downtrodden people into the mainstream of the society to have a better and quality of life in the best possible way. PRERANA has drawn generous support from different dignified institutions, noble persons and many Society’s and Sangha’s

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