The changing face of Social Impact

Not long ago, the Dubbawalas of Mumbai set out to feed hungry street children with their initiative ‘Share my Dubba’.  Soon after, a group of four individuals lit several lives in urban slum areas of Mumbai through ‘Jal Jyoti.

What do both these groups have in common? –The belief that they could create an impact in their respective communities.

These groups are not the only ones trying to make a difference.

Whether it is about improving education, empowering rural areas, or tackling hunger – more and more start-ups are working towards the same goal. The social sector – is growing. From lifestyle changes in everyday lives, to people transitioning from jobs to create  impact, to the presence of NGO’s and companies choosing to create products and services for the bottom of the pyramid – a change is in the air

What better way than bring individuals like them and you together in the same platform? Construkt festival aims at doing just about that by celebrating the core spirit of start-ups across geographies, domain, and age.

We not only give an opportunity for social entrepreneurs along with other creators to converse, but we also identify “social impact” as a core community that is leveraging learning from technology, design, and culinary to create programs and services that are relevant and allow scale.

The domain “social impact” focuses on identifying change makers like you in all forms. You could be a social entrepreneur, innovator, impact investor, community builder, teacher, activist, learner or just someone wanting to cause change – you will fit right into our creative community.

With social entrepreneurship picking up pace in India over the last decade, we recognise that several groups have been tapping into the potential of creating social benefit without any financial gain. Organisations like Milaap, Ashoka Innovators for the Public and the Jubiliant Bhartia Foundation have set a benchmark in this field.

India, therefore, has been undergoing a rapid change. Supporting networks have become important in building strong eco-systems for social entrepreneurs. From investors to stakeholders, supporting factors in India are emerging to strengthen this domain.

At the same time, in order for social entrepreneurs to be successful, high qualifications are not really necessary any more. Anand Kumar has proven this time and again with his venture Super 360, an initiative to provide free residential training to 30 talented children every year.

The point being, although social businesses have only started emerging, it is not just about material security. Sathya Narayana, the founder of Greenovation, an initiative that helps children contribute to the world with quality education and infrastructure, seems to have hit the nail on the head. “Businesses won’t thrive unless they enrich their environment along the course of their growth. It has to be a cycle of giving back for what it has received through tangible social impact,” he says.

Do you join the likes of people like Sathya Narayana and others in creating social impact? Do you believe you can make a difference? It’s time, then, for you to join hands with us in making this festival a grand success.

It’s time for you to be the change