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Friday, June 28 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Unusual Allies for Social Change

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Over the last few years, we are seeing new actors complementing the efforts of social entrepreneurs. They  are bringing new perspectives from different bodies of knowledge - psychology, design thinking and sciences to catalyze change. In some cases, they challenge prevailing approaches and in others they are bringing greater efficiencies to achieving scale and impact. The citizen sector is now garnering new allies – resulting is greater inter-disciplinary thinking and collaboration. Bringing together these new actors and social entrepreneurs, this session will discuss:    

  1. the perspectives these new allies are bringing to understanding social problems and designing strategies and the potential it has to accelerate impact
  2. the mind-shift it requires from the existing stakeholders- investors and social entrepreneurs to embrace such thinking
  3. the opportunities to increase the number of such allies in India


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Johnny Lau

Johnny has produced more than 45 comics books of which he had collaborated with about 30 fellow artists, making him one of the most published comics artists in Singapore. The experiences learned from such collaboration has further positioned Johnny into taking on the role of a facilitator. He has worked with the Asia-Europe Foundation that has brought together 12 comics artists from Asia and Europe whom had convened in Singapore for a two weeks... Read More →

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Lancy Fernandez

Research Head, Aamir Khan Productions
Lancy has been head of research for the widely acclaimed television program Satyamev Jayate which was produced and hosted by Aamir Khan. He is presently working on the second season of the program. He has been a keen student of social and political issues and has co-authored with Satyajit Bhatkal, “The Fractured Civilization – caste society in the throes of change.” He has also actively worked with a number of social organizations on issues... Read More →
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Neal Parikh

Neal Parikh is 10 year old highly energetic and passionate individual. His interests vary from reading to swimming and cricket to computers.  He lives in Ahmedabad with his parents and brother.
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Ram Prasad

Founder Director, Final Mile
Ram is a co-founder of FinalMile, a first of its kind consulting company in the world. Its practice of Behaviour ArchitectureTM is built on the principles of Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavioural Economics. This practice is hinged on explaining behaviour accurately and influencing it favorably through design for the non-conscious. FinalMile is at the forefront of finding real world applications of these sciences, thereby overcoming tough... Read More →
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Dinesh Sonak

THNK, Saaf India Foundation
Dinesh (Dutch/Indian, 1979) is the India Ambassador of THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Saaf India Foundation. Previously, he was THNK’s Partnerships Director, business development and organizing societal innovation challenges together with THNK’s Co-Founders, Faculty and Partners. He co-designed and launched THNK’s Creative Leadership Program, led THNK’s... Read More →

Ashoka Fellows
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Kabir Vajpeyi

Co-Founder, Vinyas
Kabir Vajpeyi, an architect by qualification, has created a framework to creatively treat space and its built elements to make school architecture more conducive to child development. By convincing State Governments in India to invest in his idea, he has created an effective delivery mechanism that brings engineers, teachers and architects together to implement and spread his idea in rural Government schools.

Friday June 28, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Infosys Campus Pune

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