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Showing posts from March, 2012

coming up: "community based social enterprises", a samanvaya publication

Between 2009 and 2011, Samanvaya team along with CCD co-created and managed the programme, "Community based Social Enterprises" (COSE, for short) - an intense monthly workshop on social enterprises to practicing and aspiring entrepreneurs in rural Tamilnadu. The programme developed and adopted several innovative tools and methods of learning locally relevant and sustainable enterprises in rural Tamilnadu. The entrepreneurs spent 4-5 days with the faculty each month in a series of intense workshops where their work through the month became the case studies and their hands-on knowledge of managing the enterprises threw new challenges each month. The record of these sessions, the learning pedagogy, case studies, presentations and lectures provide for some very interesting insights into social enterprises, particularly those based within the community. The same was compiled last year thanks to the effort of a volunteer intern at Samanvaya, since then the compilation has gone t

Lecture by Prof. Hans Peter Durr, 09/03/2012

Listened to this amazing lecture by the German Prof. Hans Peter Durr , it is amazing that someone of his age (89), could stand and deliver a lecture for over an hour in the first place. And then he spoke on "Nuclear Power and the Hunger for Energy" in Chennai when the TN govt. is about to make the critical decision on whether to go ahead or not with the Nuclear Power Plant at Koodankulam. His ridiculing the entire idea of Nuclear energy being for any 'peaceful purpose' in complete scientific terms and with unambiguous contempt will go a long way in helping the cause of the anti-Nuclear protesters in Koodankulam. It was great to listen to him dismiss each one of the arguments of the proponents of the Nuclear Energy with a wave of his hand and clear scientific reasoning. I do hope the TAG - VHS Research Centre for Diabetes that organized this 'oration' will publish the lecture in a some form (or better still make it available online as a video), it will b

Release of Report on Food Safety & Security

The students of the Public Relations Department of the Stella Maris College did a village survey on food security and safety in Villupuram district along with the SHG members associated with the Auroville Village Action Group (AVAG). This process was facilitated by Samanvaya. The findings and report were released on March 2nd, Friday in the College.  Mr. Radhakrishnan, IPS, heading the vigilance of the Civil Supplies Corporation of Tamilnadu released the report. Ramasubramanian, Chief, Samanvaya participated and spoke on the occassion.  Seen in this picture along with Ram, Sr. Susan, Secretary, Stella Maris College, Mr. Radhakrishnan, IPS, he faculty and students of Public Relations Department.