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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6 years 1 month 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...


6 years 1 month 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...


6 years 1 month 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...


6 years 1 month 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...


6 years 1 month 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...


6 years 1 month 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...


6 years 1 month ago

Vandrevala Foundation, an Indian social enterprise promoted by a construction firm Hirco, has launched its 24x7 Mental Health helpline in New Delhi. The helpline operations have been launched in association with St. Stephen’s Hospital, the Emmanuel Hospital Association and the Mar Thoma Church. This initiative is a part of the foundation’s efforts to reach out and deliver medical assistance to the maximum number of patients, particularly those who belong to the underprivileged sections of the society.

New Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dixit...


6 years 2 months ago

CHF International, a leading non-profit global development organization, in association with Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org, has highlighted the key role microfinance can play in creating socially innovative solutions for Middle East and North Africa.

More than 30 percent of the population in Middle East and North Africa is between the age group 15 and 29. This represents over 100 million youth in this region, making it critically important to create about 40 million jobs over the next decade merely to maintain pace with the youth bulge. In absence of socially innovative and...


6 years 2 months ago

The fifth annual Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE) Competition organized by Staples and Ashoka has announced its winners from among hundreds of entries received from more than 50 countries worldwide. Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Ashoka, a global community of leading social entrepreneurs has instituted this annual competition to highlight youth-led social enterprises that address pressing social issues affecting their communities, using social innovation and technology.

The competition is a part of Ashoka’s Youth Venture, which is an...


6 years 2 months ago

Hapinoy, an innovative social enterprise from Philippines, is among the five winners of the coveted title of “Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011” awarded by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. The winners were announced at the Annual Meeting of New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, where leading social entrepreneurs from over 50 countries converged together.

Bam Aquino and Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy say, “We look at getting the Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year award more as a validation of our work in the...


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