NotforProfit.in – our Social Advocacy Platform is holding its first Stakeholder Meeting. This is not just for the NGO folks and we are looking forward to meeting a diverse cross-section of people. We’re firming the list up rather than end up with a lets-see-who turns-up state of affairs. If you are inclined to attend, do let me know by leaving a comment or mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN & WHERE? Saturday, July 25th, 10.30 AM to 1.00 PM. Ecumenical Resource center. The United Theological College, 63 Millers Road, Benson Town, Bangalore 560469.
WHY? First, the bad news – All Citizens are NOT Equal. Those that live in the fringes, away from the mainstream mind-space, either by circumstance or by design have relatively little control over their lives, access to resources or justice that may otherwise be available to them. Decisions are taken or not taken, by people far away, at the center of things. Whether we’re talking about the environment in general, the problems of tribal and rural communities, violence against women, children with HIV, working animals, the differently abled or about abandoned parents – we are all in different degrees, part of a larger systemic apathy.
The Good News is that today, civil society is no longer a “sector” dominated by the NGO community and includes a range of organized and unorganized groups. As technology continues to evolve, disrupting traditional support models, we are seeing the emergence of dramatically different social engagement avenues.
WHAT? NotforProfit.in is the beginnings of a participatory mechanism for constructive collaboration between Indian Citizens and those individuals or Indian organizations that act as advocates and enablers on behalf of the marginalized and the unheard. It’s not just about giving money but also about enabling citizens to make the choice of supporting larger community initiatives which in turn helps us build ourselves, our communities and our democracy.
We are not trying to change the world, save the planet or attempt any such grand design. Our Mission is rather simple and best expressed in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson –To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Visit NotforProfit.in and do get in touch. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!