Thursday, February 11, 2016

Let Your Feet Do the Giving

Let Your Feet Do the Giving
~ Register for Footsteps4Good and donate the fee to an NGO of your choice ~

Mumbai, January 11, 2016: Footsteps4Good, the run for charity, is back with its fifth instalment in Mumbai. Scheduled to be held on Sunday, February 7th 2016, 6:30 am onwards. Footsteps4Good is organised by the Mumbai chapter of British Business Group and supported by the British Deputy High Commission and will take place at Bandra Kurla Complex. Participants can sign up for the 10km run or 5km walk by donating as little as INR 2,000 directly to any registered charity/NGO of their choice. There are over 2o NGOs listed on the Footsteps4Good website. The marathons/walkathons will be flagged off by famous TV actress, model and anchor Tara Sharma.
Started in 2011 by Jill Beckingham, wife of the Ex British Deputy High Commissioner Peter Beckingham, as a charity fundraising walkathon, Footsteps4Good aims to give back to the community through the money that is raised by employee engagement, as well as encouraging citizen participation to empower the society. RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), Reliance, Tata, HSBC, China Light & Power and Cox & Kings are the sponsors for this initiative.
Speaking about the initiative Rachel Wawn, Volunteer Producer, Footsteps4Good, said “We are pleased to announce the fifth instalment of our charity fundraiser event. Through our association with this event, we intend to bring together good people and good causes and help make a difference to the lives of the less fortunate. Footsteps4Good is one of a kind initiative where any donation made is transacted directly to the NGO of the donor’s choice making this initiative reliable and dependable. With this initiative we aim to motivate people to aspire for and accomplish a larger purpose in their daily existence – one of social good and well-being.”
Footsteps4Good has partnered with over 20 charities this year. Participants can sign up by either choosing to support one of these or any other NGO of their choosing. Participants can collect their running bib on February 4 & 6, 2016 from 3A, Valmiki, Next to Pharmacy College, Sunder Nagar, Kalina and on February 5, 2016 from Paragon Charitable Trust, I-11/12 Paragon Centre, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli. This event is open to all, provided they have donated to their chosen charity. Prizes for the fastest 3 men and 3 ladies will be a donation to an NGO of their choice.
So log on to Footsteps4good to register today itself and be a part of this noble endeavour!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

When Does Disruptive Innovation cause Disruption?

There are various factors which help a path breaking innovation to be successfully adoptive. These factors can be categorized into Ecosystem, Maturity of Technology and Consumption behavior. Let us try to understand these a little bit.

Ecosystem: Some innovation need the support of various stakeholders. Even the stakeholders need to adopt to the change. They need to be supportive of the idea. For example for the e-commerce boom to happen the suppliers needed to comfortable in adopting the new business model. In its earlier wave in the early 2000 the e-commerce wave didn’t take off as the stakeholders were not geared up. They were not willing to spent and adopt such a radical shift. Today the suppliers are getting over their inhibitions and adopting the change. They are willing to experiment with new business models to expand their revenue streams.
Maturity of Technology: Sometimes technology is not mature enough to provide the required customer experience for mass adoption. Today e-commerce boom is largely supported by the ease of availability and speed of internet. Even mobile technology has become cheap and is good enough to increase the penetration of internet and supports the e-commerce boom. Advancement in the field of analytics also means the people can do interesting stuff with the data and information available.
Consumption Behavior: Consumer’s behavior takes time to change. Organizations must sustain this process by helping to bring in the change. The big question is how long customers will take time to change and if it makes economic sense to keep on investing in such a shift. Investors and firms are constantly trying to look for signs of change in consumption patterns. This helps them to spot early disruptive innovations. However the change in customer behavior depends on various socio economic factors.
Today e-commerce is in the cusp of the inflection point where in it is being supported by these factors.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Quikr has decided to buy RealtyCompass which is an analytics platform in the realty space

Quikr has decided to buy RealtyCompass which is an analytics platform in the realty space. The platform provides ratings to the builders and also provides analysis to the end-consumers. The solution considers about 100 various inputs including project approvals, social sentiment analysis and user credit score. Nimesh Bhandari, Sankara Srinivasan and Alok Mishra founded the organization in 2013. Pranay Chulet seems to be excited about the acquisition.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ratan Tata has invested in Crayon Data which is in the space of Big Data

Ratan Tata has invested in Crayon Data which is in the space of Big Data. The company makes use of machine learning and complex algorithms to understand the consumer’s choice and preference. It uses about 15 parameters to analyze the data. It was founded by Srikant and Suresh in 2012, both from IIM Calcutta. Crayon Analytics has been named as one of the most successful startups by global platforms like TiEcon, CEBIT, IBM Watson Intech50 and OrangeFab. The organization has about 100 people and offices in Chennai, Dubai, New York, Singapore and London.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Top industrialists which include the names of Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Mark Zukerberg, Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Meg Whitman, Jack Ma and other investors will join hands through Breakthrough Energy Coalition to provide carbon free, reliable and affordable energy to the world

Top industrialists which include the names of Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Mark Zukerberg,  Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Meg Whitman, Jack Ma and other investors will join hands through Breakthrough Energy Coalition to provide carbon free, reliable and affordable energy to the world

About 150 heads of state attend Conference of Parties (COP 21 ) in Paris to decide on actions for slowing down climate change. India’s PM Narendra Modi is also attending the conference.

About 150 heads of state attend Conference of Parties (COP 21 ) in Paris to decide on actions for slowing down climate change. India’s PM Narendra Modi is also attending the conference.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

KOCH INDUSTRIES WINS CONSERVATION EDUCATION AWARD

KOCH INDUSTRIES WINS CONSERVATION EDUCATION AWARD

BALTIMORE, MD, November 23, 2015—Koch Industries received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation and education at the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Conference held November 12. Koch Industries demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by winning the Conservation Education Award.

The Conservation Education Award recognizes a corporate member that has a history of striving for excellence in conservation education and outreach. This award honors not a single program, but rather an entire organization, for its combined efforts in providing quality educational experiences to its employees and the surrounding community.

“Koch companies’ conservation education programs are exemplary in their reach and quality,” said Margaret O’Gorman, WHC President. “Combined, Flint Hills Resources’ Corpus Christi Wildlife Learning Preserve and Joliet facility, Georgia-Pacific’s Leaf River Cellulose operations and INVISTA’s Victoria site have hosted more than 3,000 learners since 2007.”

In all, WHC has certified 13 Koch company sites in nine states, with approximately 311, 653 acres under management, and supported by more than 125 employee and community volunteers.

“We are honored to receive this recognition and extremely proud of the success that our employee-led conservation programs have achieved over many years. Supporting our employees’ ongoing efforts at the local level demonstrates a shared commitment to caring for the environment,” said Sheryl Corrigan, director of environmental, health and safety for Koch Industries. “We have also been fortunate to establish wonderful working partnerships with local educators, making it possible to provide fun and meaningful educational experiences for thousands of children at many of our certified sites.”

Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC’s programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 13 countries.  More information at www.wildlifehc.org.  Conservation registry available at http://wildlifehc.conservationregistry.org/ 

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Rotary Club of Deonar, Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment and Avanti Foundation set up project ‘Surakshit Jal Dhara’ in Baiganwadi

Rotary Club of Deonar, Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment and Avanti Foundation set up project ‘Surakshit Jal Dhara’ in Baiganwadi

Mumbai, 7th November, 2015: In a step towards addressing the health problems faced on account of unhealthy drinking water consumption at Baiganwadi in Govandi, Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment has partnered with Rotary Club of Deonar and Avanti Foundation to launch a social platform as part of the ‘Surakshit Jal Dhara’ project. Further to this, by Mr. Subhash Kulkarni, Rotary 3140 District Governor was invited today by the trio to inaugurate a new Water Shop set up at the location through a local trust of entrepreneurs from the community as a sustainable social business model.

Govandi, one of the most underdeveloped localities of the city, has been observing an upsurge in number of problems owing to general lack of sanitation combined with contaminated water leading to chronic waterborne ailments. Nearly 49 per cent households in the community have to borrow money, mainly for health and consumption loans, the repayment of which stresses the already low income that people have.  Baiganwadi, located between Shivaji Nagar and Mankurd, is no exception to this abysmal situation. Out of the population of 2, 00,000, less than 2% follow proper hygiene, only 5% have access to safe water, and over 80% are living below the poverty line. Moreover, enclosed by Mumbai’s largest waste dumping ground to its north and the Thane creek to its east, the slum is surrounded by heaps of garbage and public defecation, adding to its grave problems of drinking water contamination and sanitation.  

Residents of Baiganwadi have in the past mounted containers on their cycles and wheels all the way to the highway about a kilometre away, or to neighboring areas, to collect water from private tankers or from people who sold water from their own connections. Taking cognizance of this need to provide clean and healthy drinking water to this community and to combat the infrastructural inadequacies, ‘Surakshit Jal Dhara’ project has been envisaged, with a larger vision of empowering the group and providing them with a mechanism to safeguard themselves from hazardous diseases that emerge merely from drinking contaminated water.
Apart from granting the inhabitants of Baiganwadi access to safe drinking water at an affordable cost of Rs.0.50 per litre, this innovative initiative provides a great platform for locals belonging to the community, to explore their entrepreneurial-side by partaking in the managing and controlling of the Water Shop. This undertaking offers a unique opportunity to the locals to earn their livelihood by owning and supervising the operations of the water filtration units thus empowering them.
Talking about this initiative, Mr.Ajit Pappu, President- Rotary Club of Deonar, said, “It is a matter of immense honor to be associated with Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment and Avanti Foundation in support of this noble cause. About 83% of diseases that Mumbaikars are affected are water borne in nature. The Baiganwadi area, on account of lack of basic amenities like proper drainage and public health facilities, are prone to life-threatening illness on account of water contamination. Through the launch of the Water shop in this area we aspire to offer the communities affordable and hygienic drinking water option so that they can keep themselves and their families safe and healthy in the long run. We are also certain that this initiative will enable the local communities running the Water Shop, to feel more independent and empowered thus making a significant difference to the well-being.”



Mr. A.V. Suresh,Trustee, Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment said, “The key to the success of such projects is involving the community. The current project is designed to empower a local trust of entrepreneurs from Baiganwadi. In fact, it also has a health education component involved as well, which is essential as most people in the project area lack a good understanding of the need to consume safe water. Baiganwadi area receives scarce water supply, due to which residents have got into the habit of storing water for longer duration in drums. This leads to the rise in water-borne diseases among residents. We believe this initiative will play an instrumental role in safeguarding the health of people within the community by providing them easy access to safe drinking water.”
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