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Friday, June 28

10:00am IST

Start Empathy - India

Increasingly, innovative leaders see empathy as a critical and foundational skill, allowing people to effectively spot problems and advance ideas that are invisible in traditional hierarchical structures.  In particular, as rules are in flux, as people move fluidly in and between formerly homogenous groups, cultures, and societies, and as power is shared by all, every person needs an even higher level of empathetic skill in order to thrive. We forsee a need for applied empathy—the ability to understand what other people are feeling and to act in response in a way that avoids harm and contributes to positive change. While exploring why empathy is now more critical than ever, this session will explore:

  • Its relevance in the changing Indian context ?
  • How institutions- schools and companies can encourage and unlock skills of empathy?
  • What is the empathy levels across various strata, geographies and workspaces?

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Vishnu Swaminathan

Country Director, Ashoka Innovators for the Public
Vishnu joins Ashoka with more than 14 years of experience as Entrepreneur and innovator. He started two companies in Singapore in the areas of Financial transactions & Animation technology. After one of the companies was acquired he moved to India to head a leadership school based... Read More →

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Sara Adhikari

Director, Small Change Co
Sara fell into journalism by accident and started her career at the top of the ladder as editor of Of Age, a youth magazine in Kolkata. Since then her climb down has taken her to Times of India as assistant editor, and finally The Sun, UK, as sub-editor. Now back in Kolkata after... Read More →
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Bill Drayton

Founder, Ashoka
Bill Drayton pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship. While a student at Harvard College, Balliol College in Oxford University and Yale Law School, he launched a number of organizations, including Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an interdisciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences... Read More →

Ashoka Fellows
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Vishal Talreja

Dream a Dream
Formerly an investment banker and venture capitalist, Vishal Talreja has built a network of volunteers that offer vulnerable children opportunities to increase their chances for normal childhood development.

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

10:00am IST

The Changing Face of Media

The field of news, journalism and access to media information is in a major transformation. We are, slowly but surely, evolving into a everyone-a-publisher world, one that allows people around the world to engage freely and powerfully with information to advance their own lives and society. Citizens are coming into the professional field, changing the composition of newsrooms to change what is reported and how. We are looking at a different way of understanding citizenship--one where efficient access to quality knowledge, freedom of press and expression and the right to privacy and security of information-- become key to understanding who is or isn't a 'knowledge' citizen. 

How are we mapping this change in the way citizens consume and share news? And what ultimately is born of this awareness-creation process?  What steps do we need to take to ensure such a world comes to pass and who are going to be the stakeholders of this process? And most importantly, how is the role of the citizen, within considerable limits of privacy, security and inclusivity, going to evolve in this information economy?

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Nihar Kothari

Director and Executive Editor, Patrika Group
Nihar Kothari is the Director and Executive Editor of the Patrika group of companies. He is currently in charge of editorial planning and readership development of the newspaper. Nihar holds a Masters Degree in Economics from University of Rajasthan and is an alumnus of the Indian... Read More →

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Lynn D'souza

Founder, Social Access
Lynn de Souza is a multi faceted media personality. A national tennis champ, who followed up her MBA in Marketing with a 25 year career in advertising media, working for Ogilvy, Grey and Lintas, she is one of the most influential women in the country featuring regularly in the power... Read More →
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Stalin K

Managing Trustee, Video Volunteers
Stalin K. is a documentary filmmaker, media trainer and human rights activist from Gujarat, India. Stalin has directed 15 documentaries and has won several international awards for his films. He has produced six community radio programs, designed more than 20 rights-based campa... Read More →
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Kanchan Kaur

Vice Dean, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media
A stint at the University of Florida’s Institute on Teaching Digital Journalism turned this die-hard print-medium journalist into a believer in the web. She has since driven IIJNM’s emphasis on Multimedia. IIJNM now runs a full-fledged stream in Multimedia, and a course in Convergence... Read More →
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Sugata Raju

Editor, Vijaya Karnataka

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

10:00am IST

Unusual Allies for Social Change

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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