Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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7 years 11 months ago

Project Management of India (PMI) and the International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE) have joined hands together to create a social innovation hub in Thiruvananthapuram, a city in southern India. The idea of this hub first occurred to a city resident, Sabriye Tenberken, who had the urge to transform the “geographically displaced” image of her city. She came up with the concept of “Trivandrum Global City of Innovation” (TGCI) to foster a major social change by bringing together motivated organizations to lead the change.

Tenberken is...


7 years 11 months ago

On the "Social Enterprise Day" here is a list of five unique social enterprises that are making an impact at the grassroots level, and showing the way how it can be done.

WORN

The social business wing of the Catholic Charities Forth Worth (CCFW), WORN is a social enterprise with a mission to empower refugee women in Fort Worth, TX. WORN sells hand-knitted scarves made by these women to enable them earn an income for their households. The production manager at WORN Abbi Ice says, "The life skills they learn through WORN...


7 years 11 months ago

The recent Opportunity Green Conference 2011 in Los Angeles featured an extraordinary presentation by Gaylon White, Director at the Eastman Chemical Company. The company has come up with a very promising social innovation to address the challenge of clean drinking water in the developing world. The company’s unique water treatment technology is called HydroPack.

The HydroPack is essentially a 12 ounce plastic bag that can be thrown into practically any contaminated water source; it then produces a nutrient and electrolyte rich drink from it within...


7 years 11 months ago

The Youth Entrepreneurship Service (YES) Network, a leading supporter of the involvement of youth in social enterprises in Pakistan, is helping integrate social entrepreneurship training with vocational training courses in the country. It has introduced the concept of social entrepreneurship into the curriculum of 155 institutes of the Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC).

An MOU to this effect has been signed between Faisal Ijaz Khan, Chairman of PVTC and Ali Raza Khan, CEO of YES Network. It will help promote the concept of social...


7 years 11 months ago

Kiva is a unique social enterprise that enables small entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries to receive microfinancing online. Kiva promotes the idea of online giving by allowing Internet users to offer micro-loans of as little as $25 to small businesses around the world.

Kiva.org was founded by Premal Shah, who used his experience as a former principal product manager at the leading online payment firm PayPal to promote online microfinance. Shah established Kiva in 2005 as a social enterprise, and since then the company has facilitated more...


7 years 11 months ago

Sebastian Salinas Claro, a young social entrepreneur from Chile is headed to Kenya to help launch a social entrepreneurship program. This event came about through the leading social networking website for professionals, LinkedIn.

Sebastian, who founded a small social enterprise called Emprediem earlier this year. The company conducts workshops in entrepreneurship and social innovation. Sebastian’s Kenya endeavor began when a friend informed him that he was connected with Alex Osterwalder, the creator of the Business Model Canvas, on LinkedIn...


7 years 11 months ago

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has received an unprecedented gift of $150 million to create a new institute to fight global poverty. The institute, called the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, is expected to put the renowned B-school at the forefront of a growing movement to fight poverty through social enterprise.

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has traditionally been among the handful of global business schools that regularly churns out its fair share of social entrepreneurs. With the new largesse, it may well become the B-school for global...


7 years 11 months ago

The leading global consultancy company, Accenture, has recently provided an additional grant of more than $2 million to Leonard Cheshire Disability to support training programs in South Asia. Leonard Cheshire Disability runs an “Access to Livelihoods” program that provides people with disabilities in South Asia with career and training opportunities. The grant from Accenture will help to expand the scope of this program and include a larger number of disadvantaged people for support.

With the new initiative, Leonard Cheshire Disability aims to train at least 8,750 people in new...


7 years 11 months ago

At the recent “Social Enterprise: The Next Business Model” conference in Manila, Philippines, some of the leading social entrepreneurs of the country shared their experiences about achieving financial self-sufficiency while making an impact on the local communities. The number of social enterprises in the Philippines is on the rise, and these enterprises are taking up diversified issues such as agrarian reform, environmental activism, protecting the rights of indigenous people and distribution of organic rice.

Bobby Calingo, executive director...


7 years 11 months ago

McKinsey’s Social Sector Office has formed a group called Social Innovation Practice, which brings innovation, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship on a common platform. Social Innovation Practice has launched an initiative to collect, highlight and lend a forum to social innovators from around the world who are meeting social challenges with exceptional commitment and ingenuity.

As a part of this initiative, Social Innovation Practice is inviting social entrepreneurs and innovators everywhere to add their voice to this important effort. The...


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