[TC-I Call to Action]: Indicorps August 2009 Fellowship

As some of our readers may know, Prerna and I are both Indicorps alums.  My fellowship with Indicorps is too involved to explain in a short post, but the experience is definitely one of the contributing factors to my continued interest and involvement with development in India.  The on-the-ground experience is extremely valuable,  both in terms of understanding the issues at hand, and also for the resulting effects on personal growth.   I am excited that this opportunity is available for more people in the Indian Diaspora to make lasting change:

Indicorps eagerly announces over 30 competitive new projects for the August 2009 Indicorps Diaspora Fellowship.  Indicorps seeks a few dozen dedicated young Indian leaders who are willing to challenge themselves and “be the change.”  Tackle real issues in education, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, environmental conservation, public health, urban infrastructure, and much more.  Live simply and dig deep to learn about real India (and yourself); projects span from Kanpur to Pondicherry, Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh.  To learn more, visit http://apply.indicorps.org.

In the spirit of Obama’s campaign to create “Change you can believe in,” Indicorps is a real opportunity for CHANGE YOU MAKE HAPPEN.  The August 2009 Fellowship model will mobilize passionate, sincere fellows to become strong team players and leaders who will build sustainable new initiatives.

About Indicorps: Indicorps offers prestigious grassroots public service fellowship to implement sustainable development projects with community-based organizations across India.  As a total-immersion leadership program, Indicorps will encourage you to explore your role as a catalyst of change.  Fellowship projects promote both personal growth and collective action towards a secular India that is inclusive, peaceful, and participatory.  The program requires a minimum commitment of one year.

Applications are due 15 March 2009.

Ready to take on one of these interesting projects, from working with youth to social entrepreneurship to health issues? If you are eligible and interested, I cannot urge you enough to apply.

Manthan Awards 2008: Solutions for the Digital Divide

The 5th annual Manthan Awards, which aim to encourage usage of ICT for the empowerment of rural communities in India, are underway.  The mission of the competition is as follows:

To create an information rich society where everyone, irrespective of caste, religion, race, region, gender etc., is empowered to create, receive, share and utilize information and knowledge through digital content for their economic, social, cultural and political upliftment and development.

The awards are currently accepting nominations from individuals or grassroots organizations who are “doing pioneering work in developing, creating and disseminating digital content, be it online or offline, for grassroots empowerment and development in daily walks of life.”  Categories for nomination include: e-Business, e-Learning, e-Culture, e-Government, e-Health, e-Education, e-Enterprise and Livelihood, among others.  For a full list, go here.

Here is a video from the 2007 Manthan Awards. For more information contact the Digital Empowerment Foundation at defindia@gmail.com

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.ibnlive.com posted with vodpod

Indicorps Fellowship 2008

Indicorps is a non-partisan, non-religious, non-profit organization that aims to build principled leadership in the Indian diaspora through grassroots service. Indicorps’ programs are designed empower visionaries, inspire collective action, and unite India towards a common vision by productively engaging Indians around the world in service of their country.

For the August 2008 cycle of the Fellowship Program, Indicorps is accepting applications for over 50 participatory development projects, all of which require a minimum time commitment of one year. As an alumna of the program, I can attest to the transformational capacity of the program, and encourage those invested in India’s development to apply. A description of the program follows:

The Indicorps fellowship is a profound personal experience and an opportunity to understand participatory development through intense voluntary service. The structured program encourages participants to leave their comfort zones, place others’ interests before their own, test their own potential to affect change, explore their relationship with India, and understand what it means to lead by committing themselves to innovative grassroots projects. Indicorps believes that giving one’s time and energy, without any attachment to the outcome, regardless of the circumstances, is an unparalleled personal experience in service. At the same time, the fellowship is a chance for fellows to address their own identity, recognize their personal boundaries, and understand how to produce change in their environment(s). The fellowship is deeply rewarding, a transformational and challenging personal journey, and part of Indicorps’ collective experiment for change.

Applications are due on March 31, 2008. To apply, go here. If you should need more information, feel free to contact Indicorps at apply@indicorps.org.