There are people who rant about all things wrong about the world, and then there are people who do something about it. Presenting ‘Changemakers’, inspiring stories of people who have moved mountains to create meaningful and sustainable impact.
Changemakers is a heart-to-heart conversation between host, entrepreneur Ajay Menon, and ordinary people taking extraordinary action in creating an impact to make the lives of the less fortunate more fulfilling and the world a better place. We cover Umeed 1000, Women Safety Through Tech, Cyber Security, Art For Akanksha, Children’s Safety, CRY and many more amazing people and movements.
Jyotika, Payal & Rina (Livelihood & Climate Champions) [ 25:30 ]
Jyotika, Payal & Rina (Livelihood & Climate Champions)
Here’s a unique initiative, while on the face of it are two distinct movements, have a point of intersection for the betterment of human lives and the planet. Introducing RE.Purposed – a collaboration between the fashion fraternity and Srujna Charitable Trust (NGO) promoting sustainability while also aiding the upliftment of the Indian artisan community. Fashion stalwarts Payal Jain, Rina Dhaka and Jyotika Bhatia, Founder Trustee & CEO of the Srujna Charitable Trust explain how RE.Purposed works.
Sourav Banerjee (Room To Read) [ 43:51 ]
Sourav Banerjee (Room To Read)
Room To Read’s guiding philosophy is that ‘World Change Starts With Educated Children’. Founded in 2000, till date 18 million children have benefitted from their programs, across 37,000 communities in 16 countries. Sourav Banerjee, Country Director for Room To Read India, shares stories about their fascinating journey along with insights about what it takes to build and implement such a robust and effective model of change on a global scale.
Vishal Talreja & Suchetha Bhat (Life Skills Pioneers) [ 32:23 ]
Vishal Talreja & Suchetha Bhat (Life Skills Pioneers)
Life Skills is a proven method in empowering young people from vulnerable backgrounds with better self-esteem, greater confidence, and become employable. Literacy doesn’t always translate into being world-ready. 50% of employers in India say that skills shortage is a leading reason for entry-level vacancies. Meet the pioneers in the Life Skills space – Dream a Dream. Till date, they have impacted over 1 million children through strategic partnerships, trained 7,700 educators, and more. Tune in to their story, retold by Vishal Talreja, Founder and Suchetha Bhat, CEO.
Dr. M R Rajagopal (Father of Palliative Care) [ 25:52 ]
Dr. M R Rajagopal (Father of Palliative Care)
Palliative care is essentially pain management and has the power to put patients facing life-threatening illnesses onto the road to recovery. It is care that also aims at improving the quality of life for both patient and their family. The New York Times calls Dr. Rajagopal ‘the Father of Palliative Care in India’ and in 2018 he was honored with the Padma Shri award for his immense contributions. Tune in to where it all began for Dr. Rajagopal, his fight to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, founding the Pain and Palliative Care Society (PPCS) in 1993 in Calicut, the first of its kind in South East Asia and many other initiatives illustrating his tireless yet rewarding efforts for a cause very close to his heart.
Priti Patkar (Fearlessly Fighting Exploitation) [ 49:08 ]
Priti Patkar (Fearlessly Fighting Exploitation)
Priti Patkar, Co-Founder of Prerana, has dedicated her life to saving vulnerable children and women from human trafficking. In her illustrious 30-year career she has pioneered several pathbreaking interventions, many of which have been the world’s first. Author of 7 books and countless research papers, her expertise has been sought-after by many national and state government bodies, non-profit organisations, the High Court of Mumbai, the Supreme Court, and international institutions such as UNICEF. Tune in to how her incredible journey started, her organisation’s approach, and what keeps her going.
Puja Marwaha (Champion of Children’s Rights) [ 45:55 ]
Puja Marwaha (Champion of Children’s Rights)
Child Rights & You (CRY) is an organisation which has been striving for the betterment of children in India for over 40 years. It has impacted over 6 lakh children through various initiatives focused on education, nutrition, child labour, and healthcare. We chat with Puja Marwaha, CEO of CRY, who believes real change can only happen with a fundamental shift in policies supporting the rights of children that ensure their wellbeing in the long term. Tune in as she explains the approach of the organisation, their functional model, and future goals.
Surya Prakash B. S. (Digitalising The Indian Judiciary) [ 33:54 ]
Surya Prakash B. S. (Digitalising The Indian Judiciary)
Figures tabled by the government this year indicate India has 20 judges per one million citizens. Less than half the 50 judges per million population recommended by the Law Commission in 1987. Some estimates suggest there are over 3 Cr pending cases in India, over 60,000 of which are in the Supreme Court alone. Daksh is helping bring a digital revolution to the Indian judicial system with a focus to solve case pendency, from the perspectives of data, efficiency, process, technology, and administration. Surya Prakash B. S., Program Director at Daksh chats with Ajay Menon to explain how.
Avinash Jhangiani (Curator of Children’s Dreams) [ 41:49 ]
Avinash Jhangiani (Curator of Children’s Dreams)
Ever wondered what the children of India dream of? Well, you'll be fascinated to know as we chat with Avinash Jhangiani, a social entrepreneur and activist, who after a decorated career in marketing and consulting over a span of 20 years, decided to curate India's first-ever Book of Dreams, titled 'I dream...', co-authored by 10,000+ children, across India. Avinash is a recipient of many awards and honors but he is particularly proud of this social initiative which is a compilation of artworks and proses from the children of India, from myriad social backgrounds, addressed to the Honorable President of India.
Ruchi Gupta (The Magic of Art) [ 31:33 ]
Ruchi Gupta (The Magic of Art)
Ruchi Gupta, is someone who believes 'art is magical'. She has successfully channeled that magic into a curriculum for children at Art For Akanksha, an integral arm of the Akhansha Foundation. She teaches art to children from low-income groups to empower them with the right skills to not only develop as well rounded individuals but to also be able to pursue art as a career. Tune in to find out more about her passion for art and her journey with Akansha.
Shishir Joshi (Scaling Social Impact) [ 57:14 ]
Shishir Joshi (Scaling Social Impact)
When we talk about creating social impact, we choose to fight the cause that's most close to us. However, Shishir Joshi, Founder & CEO for Project Mumbai, has defied all the odds to fight for as many causes as he possibly could, after quitting his profession as a full-time journalist of 20 years. After influencing 1.5 lakh citizens of Mumbai to donate plastic for recycling and repurposing, delivering mental health program for kids, made pedestrians’ lives better, Shishir is all about instigating change at scale. Tune in to listen to his stories about getting Mumbai’s citizens and very soon the rest of India, to volunteer.
NS Nappinai (Cyber Law Pioneer) [ 01:07:12 ]
NS Nappinai (Cyber Law Pioneer)
In this episode, Ajay Menon talks to a firebrand who pioneered the development of cyber laws and cybersecurity in India. NS Nappinai has spearheaded programs aimed at training members of the Armed Forces, Police, Intelligence Agencies and industry verticals about cybersecurity. Appointed Amicus Curae (friend-of-the-court) to the Supreme Court, Nappinai is much sought after for her expertise. She also shares her views on data security of the Aadhar program, and why India leads the world in internet shutdowns. Tune in to find out about her fascinating journey, how cyber laws have evolved in our country and where we stand now.
Elsa Marie D'Silva (Social Entrepreneur) [ 52:26 ]
Elsa Marie D'Silva (Social Entrepreneur)
Who would have thought that an App can prove to be a problem solver for Women's Safety issues? Elsa Marie founder of SafeCity App, that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces, believes data and technology combined in the right way can solve many global problems. She is also a global president of the Red Dot Foundation and has been solving gender inequalities, female safety, and youth empowerment. In this episode, we trace her journey from being in the aviation industry to starting a profit-making socially benefitting venture.
Jasmeet Singh Gandhi (Crusader on Wheels) [ 50:53 ]
Jasmeet Singh Gandhi (Crusader on Wheels)
What started out as a ‘concept’ led by one person, Jasmeet, who covered an arduous 1000kms on a bicycle with just his thoughts for company has now grown into a movement to provide education to under-privileged girls across the country. This movement today has covered 6000kms, and raised Rs 11+ Cr in aid. Meet Changemaker, Jasmeet Singh Gandhi and hear the Umeed 1000 story.