Blogs

Run at the TCS World 10K and raise money for a cause! April 15, 2015, 9:31 a.m.

Summary: The TCS World 10K is fast gaining popularity as a motivator for healthy living and supporting charity – while Bengaluru has taken well to the 'healthy living' part of the Event over the years, there's much more to be done to get people to support voluntary work.
The Bengaluru TCS World 10K is an annual event certified by AIMS, organised by Procam International that has professional runners from all over the World  participating in what is the highest prized 10km road-running competition in the world – US$160,000. But an important feature of the TCS World 10K is the participation of citizens and a growing culture to improve health and raise money for charity with the likes of Kannada film star Puneeth Rajkumar as the Brand Ambassador. ...read more

The Open Innovation Lab at Tajikistan March 16, 2015, 12:26 p.m.

Summary: Our training programme at the Open Innovation Lab at Tajikistan, building the capacity of youth to build local technology solutions and catalyse growth towards a knowledge-based society.
Tajikistan is situated in Central Asia, landlocked by its neighbours Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Tajikistan became an independent, sovereign nation in 1991 after the break up of the Soviet Union and then went into civil war from 1992 to 1997.    Tajikistan is the poorest country in Central Asia today. In 2006, GDP per capita of Tajikistan was 85% of 1990s level, while the population has increased from 5.3 million in 1991 to 8 million in ...read more

When a little 'tech' goes a long way... Part 3 March 5, 2015, 4:24 p.m.

Summary: After a year of training 55 rural women leaders in North Karnataka we go back to hear stories about how they have been using technology in their lives.
'A little “tech” goes a long way' has been covering how fifty five rural women leaders who help women sex workers, like themselves, access learning, health and protection from violence and abuse; use the internet to network with activists across India and even abroad and has boosted their confidence in what they can achieve even if they might not be 'educated'.   While these may have been things that we at Mahiti and Samraksha kept ...read more

When a little 'tech' goes a long way... Part 2 Feb. 23, 2015, 10:07 a.m.

Summary: After a year of training 55 rural women leaders in North Karnataka we go back to hear stories about how they have been using technology in their lives.
  'A little “tech” goes a long way' isn't just a catchy phrase (assuming you think it might be!). Fifty five rural women leaders who head their own community-based organisations in North Karnataka helping women sex workers, like themselves, access learning, health and protection from violence and abuse; are changing the way society views the worker of the world's oldest profession.   We had put out the first part of this 3-part series (which you can ...read more

A new portal addressing mental health in India Feb. 18, 2015, 11:31 a.m.

Summary: A newly launched portal by The White Swan Foundation provides much needed access to knowledge on mental health in India
    By 2020, WHO predicts that 20% of India's population will suffer from some form of mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst India's youth aged 18 – 29 years of age. In spite of the serious problem India faces with mental illness, there is very little information available to understand mental health and is considered shameful to speak about.   The White Swan Foundation seeks to give people access ...read more

When a little 'tech' goes a long way... Feb. 12, 2015, 3:35 p.m.

Summary: After a year of training 55 rural women leaders in North Karnataka we go back to hear stories about how they have been using technology in their lives.
A year ago we ran a programme called Magic Slate with Samraksha to build the capacity of unlikely women leaders from North Karnataka to use mobile devices to access and make use of services on the internet. After having completed multiple trainings with them, we went back to see how they were making use of their 'tablet' devices and learnings to impact their own lives and their communities. Before we get into details, we would like to recap what ...read more