The case for social entrepreneurship in Indian higher education

This opinion piece first appeared in the Hindustan Times, 23 December 2014   Indian universities are facing acute pressure to become agile and flexible organisations, capable of adapting to the changing dynamics of the 21st century job market as well as the emergence of the so-called "impact" economy. The sector is diversifying at a rapid … Continue reading The case for social entrepreneurship in Indian higher education

This is water: empathy is everything

  I wrote recently about my experiments with amphibious leadership and of the centrality of soft skills (or soft power) in the repetoire of the amphibious leader. These skills are often ignored by mainstream higher education on the assumption that they are acquired through experience, need little attention, and are best inculcated by other institutions and actors … Continue reading This is water: empathy is everything

The amphibious leader: taking some first steps

    After what feels like a year of slog and resistance, the social enterprise camp I've been planning has finally come to fruition, with 10 students from the University of Southampton and 10 students from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad paired on a series of business challenges set by 3 innovative social businesses. … Continue reading The amphibious leader: taking some first steps

Two rising stars of the Indian social enterprise scene

This was originally published as "Social enterprise in India makes steady progress" in The Guardian, January 9th 2013. Over the past decade the social enterprise ecosystem in India has grown steadily, almost in parallel to ours in Britain. Like ours, the evolution of the ecosystem has been uneven, with a surfeit of subsidised capital for … Continue reading Two rising stars of the Indian social enterprise scene

social enterprise, social capital & the university

Last week I attended the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship's Research Colloquium for the first time. A big thanks goes out to Alex Nicholls for inviting me. As a social innovation thinker empirically rooted in the UK and India, it was fascinating to learn from other scholars from around the world (some of whom were also practitioners). … Continue reading social enterprise, social capital & the university

The university as a social innovation hub

  I met with Southampton University's  Community Liaison Officer even before I officially started my post in October 2010. That's a measure of how keen (and green) I was to get involved in the University's community engagement work. Having returned to the city of my birth and childhood, it seemed only natural that I would … Continue reading The university as a social innovation hub