GSE 2011 is off and running


Global SE 2011 Team outside UTC (where we are staying).

By Erika Takeo
After two days of lovely exploring in Bangalore (veg food, salwar kamiz, monsoon, cockroach, autorickshaw, etc), we began our two days of orientation for GSE. We met with representatives and/or visited the following organizations, discussing how each social enterprise functions and also various topics in social entrepreneurship:

Yesterday after lunch we visited Sattva in the Indira Nagar district. This was my favorite part of the entire orientation. Sattva is a social enterprise which does consulting work for social enterprises (any NGO, business, or organization that works for social change). What I think is really cool, though, is that Sattva has an online publication, the Alternative, that targets people who are not yet involved in the social change sector. They want to make social justice topics more accessible to the “layperson” and they want to know how to communicate those messages in an important way. This I believe is truly valuable; social change cannot occur in a bubble. If you want systemic change then you need more than just your social entrepreneurs.


GSE Team and a few Sattva members: Vikram R, Vikram B, and Krishna. Yes, there are women- they just left before we took the group photo.

Sattva was also personally inspiring for me because I was able to briefly explain my major at Wooster. My focus in Global Sustainability Studies is to explore the connections between environmental sustainability and social justice. Right away the Sattva workers began listing off NGOs, contact persons, and places I should visit where I could see these two interests being put into action all together. It was personally rewarding to see that there are organizations that understand the interconnectedness of injustices and are working with those complexities to solve problems.

I will also be blogging here and separately when I have more access to the Internet. In the meantime, check out SE Wooster’s flickr photostream. I took the banana photos.

On Monday I start work at Enable India, an organization that helps disabled adults find employment in a number of awesome ways. Please post comments! Peace, ET

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2 Responses to GSE 2011 is off and running

  1. Marianne says:

    The pictures are great! Great to see some familiar faces again 🙂 I hope the first weeks of your internships are going well.

    A friend of mine sent me a link with this great article that I thought you all would enjoy. It’s about social entrepreneurship and housing in “urban slums” like those found in India:

  2. shila garg says:

    It is very exciting to read about the great start of the GSE program in Bangalore this year. I look forward to reading about your cultural experience as well as your work with the Indian NGO’s.

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