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

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...


5 years 9 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...


5 years 9 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...


5 years 9 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...


5 years 9 months ago

Goodwill Industries International in South Korea is on a mission to build a successful social enterprise model that will provide jobs for people with disabilities. Goodwill Industries, in partnership with the Together Foundation, has come up with a entrepreneurial growth plan that includes the launching of 100 new stores that will serve 3,000 people with disabilities and create 1,000 jobs for them over the next five years.

The collaboration between the two organizations will also focus on the promotion of social welfare missions such as the...


5 years 9 months ago

Shangrila Farms is turning out to be an exemplary social enterprise in China that provides all-natural and environmentally friendly products to consumers. At the same time, it gives long term training to the rural producers of these products and ensures that they receive fair trade prices from the market.

Shangrila Farms, which sells homegrown organic honey, natural skincare products and coffee, is nurturning small communities in Yunnan province. The co-founder and director of this social enterprise, Alia Malik says, “It's a business. It is trying...


5 years 10 months ago

The first annual Leadership Bridge Program for aspiring Bahraini social entrepreneurs was organized by Young Arab Leaders Bahrain (YAL) in partnership with 3BL 'Triple Bottom Line' Associates Consultancy. The weekend-long program mobilized 52 Bahraini school students from across the community for social entrepreneurship.

The group, which received inspirational guidance from Ms. Rama Chakaki, the Dubai-based CEO of Baraka Ventures, was segregated into five teams of ten students each for the program. Each team, assisted by a cadre of volunteer...


5 years 10 months ago

Daniel Epstein is the co-founder of an organization with an unlikely name: The Unreasonable Institute. The institute in Boulder, Colorado has a mission to cultivate social entrepreneurs who are keen to solve pressing social problems while making some money too.

The Unreasonable Institute offers a six-week program that connects social entrepreneurs with one another, and enables them to network with business executives, investors and thought leaders who may be able to contribute to their endeavors. The institute’s name is inspired from the...


5 years 10 months ago

The Babson College in MA has established the Food Solutions Institute (Food Sol) to help develop social innovations and sustainability in the food system. Food Sol will work as an “action tank”, which will bring together thought leaders and social entrepreneurs from across the food and beverage industry to make active contributions to the evolution of the global food system.

Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation and Babson Social Innovation Lab, is the co-creator of Food Sol. Kiser says, “From large...


5 years 10 months ago

The New Jersey Social Innovation Institute has been launched during the New Jersey Social Enterprise Summit in Newark. The launch program was co-hosted by the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School (CUEED).

The goal of the New Jersey Social Innovation Institute is to promote social entrepreneurship, which integrates social and environmental problem solving and social goals into its core enterprise model. The social ventures to be promoted by the institute may have their affiliations with non-profit...


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