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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5 years 9 months ago

Global technology giant Hitachi has entered what it calls “social innovation business” in a major way with a special focus on sustainable infrastructure development and smart grid technology. The company has already dedicated more than $20 billion towards social innovation business.

Hitachi has been piloting social innovation programs around the world with eco-friendly technologies in the transportation, industrial, IT, power and telecom sectors. The company has introduced a number of technologies for smart grid, such as Energy Management...


5 years 9 months ago

Atacora Essential, a unique social enterprise founded by David Goldman in 2009, is building a Fair Partnership business model that confers ownership to the African collaborators. Atacora Essential aims to promote environmental stewardship, empower women and revalue indigenous natural resources to provide a boost to the rural African communities. The enterprise is engaged in the business of bringing healthy and natural botanical products from West Africa to the world markets.

Atacora Essential ensures that the local communities receive fair...


5 years 10 months ago

Grassroutes Fellowship Program identifies promising youth with a passion for social entrepreneurship, and sends them on a travel across rural India on a one-month road trip. The fellows discover and work with local change makers during the trip, and get ideas and inspiration for their own social action projects.

Srikrishna Mamidipudi, an engineer turned social entrepreneur in India, recently became a Grassroutes Fellow. The fellowship enabled him to work with Vayali Folklore Group based in southern India, which endeavors to preserve the traditional...


5 years 10 months ago

Recnowa Initiative, a unique social enterprise contributing to Ghana’s green economy, has been chosen for the 2011 UNEP SEED Initiative Award. The award recognizes exemplary social entrepreneurs who are helping meet the challenges of global sustainable development.

Recnowa Initiative was co-founded by Kwaku Kyei along with three young and enterprising Ghanaians. Kwaku received his education at the Valley View University, and has been employing his skills and knowledge to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable development in Ghana.

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5 years 10 months ago

The students at the Mahalaxmi School in Nivaragi village in Karnataka, India carry a unique product in their school bags every day, apart from books, crayons and snacks. This product is a lightweight pocket-sized LED lamp charged by solar cells in schools. These lamps are provided free of cost to children in villages that have no electricity.

SELCO Solar Light, a Bangalore based social enterprise, is running this project, called “Light for Education,” in non-electrified villages in the state. SELCO has already lit more than 120,000 homes and 2,000...


5 years 10 months ago

The Americas Business Council Foundation, a unique think-do-tank that seeks to find solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges, has chosen three social entrepreneurs for their exemplary work in their respective communities.

The three winners were chosen from among 100 Ashoka Fellows from North America. These winners are implementing socially innovative solutions that hold a strong promise to make a positive impact on the lives of the maximum number of people.

The Americas Business Council short-listed 34 finalists who...


5 years 10 months ago

Toronto is all set to get a premier center for social innovation called the David Pecaut Center for Social Enterprise. The center is named after Toronto’s famed champion of new social ideas, David Pecaut. It is a bold initiative to promote innovative social programs that make a positive impact on the lives of a large number of people.

Pecaut’s widow, Helen Burstyn, who is one of the driving forces behind the new center, says that the aim is to establish a strong organization that gives inspiration and support to new social entrepreneurs by drawing...


5 years 10 months ago

A 25-year old Ottawa social entrepreneur, Kanika Gupta, has launched an online platform called Social Journal for young social innovators around the world. The platform is currently in a public beta form. In its final avatar it will play the role of a middleman for 100,000 new and aspiring social innovators and entrepreneurs in their mid-teens to mid-thirties keen to launch socially enterprising ventures globally.

At the young age of 25, Kanika has already traveled to 35 countries, been a part of an official state entourage to Rwanda, Congo, Cape...


5 years 10 months ago

Jacquie Berglund’s beer brand, Finnegans, is popular among liquor stores and bars throughout Minnesota. The interesting part is that Berglund uses a part of the profits to buy fresh produce to support local farmers and distributes it to the needy people. Berglund’s company has yielded over $220,000 in donations to charities already.

In the Twin Cities, Berglund’s business stands apart because it is driven not by turning a profit, but by giving back. Berglund had established the company 11 years ago in her sister’s basement, and it has witnessed a...


5 years 10 months ago

A new breed of social entrepreneurs is coming up in Romania to add to the ongoing efforts of the state to reach out to the economically and socially weaker sections of the society. The economic challenges faced by the country have forced the government to pursue austerity measures that have adversely impacted a number of social services for the needy people. A social enterprise called Rotract Triumph Club recently organized a full day event called Rotract Sparks to highlight the need to support the needy sections of the population through social...


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