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 10 months ago

George Srour, founder of a social enterprise called “Building Tomorrow” in the U.S., has taken up a challenging task of setting up schools for needy children in Uganda. Building Tomorrow has already opened seven schools in the country, and it is looking at taking up this figure to 15 schools very soon. The seven schools at present are providing education to more than 2,000 students.

George Srour, who at one time worked as an intern with the United Nations, says, “You don’t have to be a Bill Gates or a Warren Buffet to apply yourself and make a...


5 years 10 months ago

An increasing number of young people with an entrepreneurial bent are looking at the idea of social innovation, disruptive ideas and social enterprises to make an impact in areas where it matters most. Here are three young social entrepreneurs with high aspirations and very promising projects to make a difference.

SunSaluter

SunSaluter is a unique green invention by Eden Full, a 19-year old student at Princeton. Full is currently working with some large business corporations to make her invention a commercial reality and...


5 years 10 months ago

The Schwab Foundation, which is an associate of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has chosen a social enterprise called Industree Crafts Foundation as the “India Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.” Industree Crafts, along with its partner Jubilant Bhartia Group, has earned this recognition for its exemplary work in promoting the cause of India’s skilled artisan community.

Industree Crafts Foundation is a social enterprise with a mission to adopt and support the skilled artisans of India, who do not lack in talent, but lack in opportunity. The...


5 years 10 months ago

Ashoka, a leading non-profit network of social innovators and entrepreneurs, has entered into a partnership with Colceramica, a large building materials company in Colombia, to help raise the living standards of people in the poorest urban areas of Colombia. The partnership is helping the residents to install affordable ceramic tiling to improve sanitation in their homes, routing the distribution through local community leaders who understand the needs of the people.

This partnership is an example of the emerging trend of social enterprises in...


5 years 10 months ago

Social Enterprise Bootcamp, a two-day workshop aimed at budding social entrepreneurs, was recently organized by students at Columbia University, New York University and the School of Visual Arts. An impressive array of speakers offered astute and practical advice to the participants at the workshop.

Greg van Kirk, founder of the New Development Solutions Group, told the participants, “Social entrepreneurship is when people tell you you’re crazy, that your idea will never take off, but you decide it’s important enough to do anyway.” Kirk...


5 years 10 months ago

Silicon Valley is playing host to the Social Innovation Summit, a private forum dedicated to solving some of the world’s toughest social problems through collaborative efforts and innovative business models. The summit is sponsored by Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, a leading communications company, and is organized by Landmark Ventures, a global investment bank and advisory firm.

The summit includes talks on social transformation by eminent venture capitalists, leading philanthropists and Fortune 500 executives. Top leaders from different sectors in...


5 years 11 months ago

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Canada has partnered with the Province of British Columbia and other non-profit and business organizations on an ambitious initiative to fund and promote social innovation in B.C.

At the Non-Profit Partnership Summit held in Vancouver, Premier Christy Clark announced that the initiative will be based on “Collabetition” or “Collaborative Competition,” which will be held in 2012. The goal of this initiative is to bring forth innovative solutions to critical social problems...


5 years 11 months ago

Deloitte Consulting has launched a unique ‘Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers’ program in the UK in association with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Deloitte believes that social enterprises with a clear vision have the potential to deliver sustainable change, and it aims to support some of the most promising social enterprises together with Prof. Yunus, who is a pioneer of the micro-loan movement in the world.

UK is home to more than 62,000 social enterprises that contribute about £24bn to the country’s economy. Deloitte says that...


5 years 11 months ago

The Brilliant Club is a unique social enterprise that came up in the UK in 2011. It connects secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds with leading universities for higher education. The enterprise has recently won the first Social Innovation Award instituted by Teach First, an independent charity in the UK, working to bridge the gap between rich and poor in terms of education attainment.

The Brilliant Club was launched by aspiring entrepreneurs and ambassadors from Teach First, Simon Coyle and Jonny Sobczyk. The enterprise...


5 years 11 months ago

A number of Indian professionals settled in cushy jobs and businesses abroad are returning home to set up social enterprises and make a meaningful impact where it is needed most. India’s pressing problems of shortage of water and power, and lack of healthcare and education in the rural regions is motivating these successful global professionals to find socially innovative solutions to these challenges.

Gyanesh Pandey, a highly successful entrepreneur in LA in the semiconductor industry, is a shining example of an expat Indian who left the lure...


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