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XLRI platform for social ideas

Learning from the experienced is always enriching.

Keeping this in mind, XLRI will host the sixth edition of the annual national conference on social entrepreneurship from January 31 to February 2 next year. Father Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability (Faces) and The Social Entrepreneurship Trust and Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance (Sigma), XLRI, will arrange the conclave that will witness the presence of around 30 social entrepreneurs, development sector professionals, policy makers and academics.

The theme of the conference will be Rethinking Development: Strengthening the Grassroots, while the purpose is to showcase innovative social entrepreneurship ventures by individual entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporate executives and government agencies.

Madhukar Shukla, chairperson of Faces and co-ordinator of the conference, said, “Till now, we have seen growth merely in terms of higher GDP or per capita income. But that never trickles down to impact the lives of people. Thus, there is a need to look at alternative decentralised models of development. Through this conference, we aim to provide an opportunity to showcase such ventures and initiatives and provide a platform for their replication through partnerships.”

All guests have confirmed their participation. They include Kyoto Grand Prize winner Marcella D’Souza from Watershed Organisation Trust, Ashoka fellows Anshu Gupta from NGO Goonj and Prema Gopalan from Swayam Shikshan Prayog.