Changemaking by Elijah Monroe

3 Oct

What Is Impact Together?

Impact Together is a partnership between Mentor Together, Ashoka Innovators for the Public, and SAP. Participants of Impact Together learn the skills of changemaking through two key processes: 1) mentoring – a practice that provides critical skill development for both mentors and mentees, and 2) participation in social entrepreneurship – a practice that impacts the community while providing invaluable experiential learning. Although mentoring and social entrepreneurship are inseparable elements of Impact Together, the main objective of the program is for everyone involved to learn the skills of changemaking by creating and implementing solutions for local problems. In this program, mentors and mentees alike create change for each other, themselves, and society.

What is Changemaking?

As the world’s problems become increasingly complex and interconnected, human-kind’s ability to adjust is becoming ever more imperative. Generations of the past could subsist by repeating the processes done by their predecessors. Today’s generation however is faced with an unprecedented pace of social and environmental change, requiring people, businesses, and organizations to adapt in order to survive. The ability to identify problems as they arise, or even preemptively, and to then implement solutions that address those problems, is a skill that will benefit people working in all sectors from informal labor, to corporate, to social development. A person with that ability is a changemaker, and will embody four primary skills: leadership, teamwork, innovation, and empathy. Impact Together uses mentoring and social entrepreneurship as an experiential learning platform for youth and corporate employees to learn those skills while making an impact in the community.


A heart filled with love! Such simple interventions can go a long way!

2 Oct

A heart filled with love! Such simple interventions can go a long way!

22 September, 2012 06:59

22 Sep

Hi Nikhil,

Please find my articles for today’s workshop.
Apologies for the delay



Why not commute by Bi-Cycle?

22 Sep

Date: 22/09/2012 Written by: Karthikeyan B

Why not commute by Bi-Cycle?

In today’s IT city Bangalore, almost every single person own at least one car ranging from Nano to BMW. And if not a car, at least a motor bike which became a status-quo to work in a MNC company.

And the problem lies in traffic congestion in the narrow roads laid by the government. During peak hours, it takes 2 hours to cover a distance of 30 minutes.

Apart from the traffic congestions, everyone gets an attitude of leading the other person going in front resulting in speed driving and accidents.

In addition to the traffic congestion and accidents, people develop obesity leading to lot of health problems developing acute diseases in a shorter span of time.

These are the problems i see when i think about the Bangalore city roads and people work in MNC.

Coming to the solution part, why not creating awareness about cycling in a mass way. Bangalore is one of the finest cities where one of the first cycling clubs is found in India. But still only few cycling enthusiasts were part of the club doing extreme cycling and also commuting by cycle to office.

If there is an awareness created by the government among the public and providing facilities like separate lanes for cycles, locking facility in railway stations/bus stands/malls, then it will motivate many people to commute by cycle.

If some great efforts were put up here, we will find a congestion free roads and a healthy living in Bangalore.

Believe me, you will love Cycling!

‘Tis the Season

22 Sep

It’s nearing the end of the year, and that means one big festival after another for most us. This is the time for us to go on holiday, to visit our parents, meet old friends, decorate our houses and surroundings, feel part of a whole and to just enjoy. A time for old bonds to be nurtured, new links to be made, our houses to get cleaned up, sweets and savouries to shared, and for an air of gaiety and joy to sweep the land.

All the same, it will also be a time when our surroundings will bear the brunt of our enthusiasm, when our ponds and lakes and rivers will be filled with plaster of paris and toxic paints, when burnt paper/plastics/fibre will litter everything, when animals and birds will cower from noise and will get hurt.

Do the two need to go hand-in-hand? With just a little bit of effort, can we not have a festival of lights without sound, a festival of creation without destruction? By using idols made of bio-degradable materials, by reducing or eliminating the use of crackers or by having a joint celebration, by teaching our kids to seek joy from
togetherness and not from toys and gifts, can we not reclaim the festivals?

Festival impact.pdf

Some ways in which education isn’t working as it should

22 Sep

“If you wish to make an impact for one year, plant corn; if you wish to make an impact for a generation, plant a tree; if you wish to make an impact for an eternity, educate a child” – Anon

Education has been described as a key tool for the growth and development of an economy and rightly so. In a world where technology completely reshapes industries in a matter of years, educated and adaptable people have a much better chance of succeeding. Even if we leave aside pure economics, it is clear that a proper education truly broadens the mind, dissolves barriers of caste, creed or religion, overcomes prejudices and promotes universal understanding. Of course, this may not happen immediately, but the impact of education over successive generations cannot be overstated.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the Government of India is trying to ensure quality education becomes accessible to as many children as possible, through measures such as the mid-day meal scheme, the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and the Right To Education Act. While various aspects of these measures can be debated, their overall intent cannot.

However, as the accompanying examples show, the road ahead is bumpy. In one instance, we see a school running out of a converted toilet, lacking facilities such as a playing ground and having three classes run from a single room. In the second instance, we see how some schools are trying to subvert the RTE by almost promoting a hierarchy within the school setting.

Admittedly, our country does not have the resources to run lakhs of government schools in facilities that are very prim and proper. Even so, surely a small and robust building with a playing area cannot be that hard to provide. If our government schools cannot be cynosures, they don’t need to be eyesores. Our growing up years should be full of learning and fun, not drudgery.

With regards to the second example, there have been many concerns of how the RTE could lead to issues of discipline and so on. Perhaps this is indeed a challenge. But solving that requires sensitivity and not segregation. Our world views are infinitely richer when we are exposed to diverse perspectives. Mixing children from different social strata may not be easy but it has the potential to enrich their minds. Why shrink from such an opportunity?

Education issues examples.pdf

No Safety For Females

21 Sep

No Safety For Females

As we have all seen in the past few days, the television and news channels have been filled with acts of unprovoked violence against females.

Even if we ignore these violent reports, a conversation with any girl will give us an idea that there has not yet been a single female who has not been subjected to any form of abuse or has been the recipient of unwanted behavior. How can a society remain happy and carefree if 50% of its population lives in constant dread of the fate that may befall them? A dread daily enhanced thanks to the graphically detailed videos and reports, stories and experiences that are heard and seen every day.

This however is not an easily solvable problem unless we can consider forcibly reforming every male mind and some female minds as well.

What steps can we take to ensure that there is some feeling of security and to ease the current sense of fear and cautiousness? Some basic steps such as:

– – Allowing ticket vendors, drivers and other similar personnel in public transports basic authority to intervene and raise complaints with higher institutions in case of such incidents

– – Installing surveillances and the cheapest possible technology to at least instill the fear of being watched to dissuade such behavior

– – A hotline number that is attended to by an organization (such as the one provided by the youth congress in Bangalore on Valentine’s day)

kjh – Sindhu