New Delhi, 23 December, 2023– Social on Social in collaboration with Goonj and Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, a premier B-school in the country inaugurated the conference on Empowering Change: Insights from Visionaries” Social Entrepreneurship at SP Jain Auditorium, South Campus Delhi University on 23rd December, 2023. The conference was graced by featuring Magsaysay Awardee Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj, Marketing Guru Prof. Harsh Verma, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS) and the panel discussion was moderated by Mayank Singh, Senior Journalist from The New Indian Express. The event was managed by MBA (executive) & Health Care Administration students of FMS.
With the theme of “Empowering Change: Insights from Visionaries” Social Entrepreneurship”, this panel brings together esteemed personalities, practitioners, senior journalists and academicians in the management ecosystem to explore perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship, Business Start-up, and Business Management. The event was organized by the students of MBA (Executive) under the dynamic leadership of Tabrez Alam, Ankur Bansal, Satish Kumar, Rahul Joshi, Gaurav Kumar, Shilpa Jha and other volunteers of the MBA (executive) and Healthcare Administration students. The event started with a montage made by Shilpa Jha of MBA (Executive).
Anshu Gupta, has been the Founder Director at Goonj and Gram Swabhimaan is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow and Magsaysay Awardee. He has created a mass movement by repositioning the last person as a champion of change, a contributor, and an equal participant with his wisdom, resources, and hard work. With his core philosophy imbibed in dignity and respect for recipients, he has successfully repositioned material; especially clothing, beyond the traditional perception of charity.
Speaking on the occasion, Nishant Verma, MBA (Executive), Faculty of Management Studies welcomed everyone to the panel discussion. He expressed his happiness about hosting the conference and highlighted that it will add more value and will create knowledge generations across various research spheres. In his address, he also spoke about How Social Entrepreneurship is Revolutionizing India and Changing the World.
Anshu Gupta, Founder Director at Goonj touched hearts of the audience with his stories and experiences that emphasised on How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing the World and Return of Investment being the maximum in the field of social entrepreneurship and the RoI being happiness. Social Entrepreneurs are the torchbearers of hope and progress, redefining the role of business in society. He also discussed on the ways through which innovative thinking and business acumen can create positive and sustainable social or environmental impact.
Prof. Dr. Harsh V Verma shared his valuable insights on the topic, “How Social entrepreneurship seeks to redefine progress, introducing a broader perspective that considers the well-being of both people and the planet alongside profitability. He also emphasized the areas to focus ranging from social entrepreneurship that has evolved over time, reflecting the dynamic nature of this field. He focused on importance of public partnership and importance of change in the mentality of the social fabric.
Mayank Singh, Senior Journalist from The New Indian Express moderated the session and highlighted on the key aspects such as Implementation of social entrepreneurship entails both the micro- and macro-level. He sewed the entire panel discussion and provoked audience for a self manthan and made the session beautifully interactive.
The session was followed up by Q & A sessions. The conference ended on a positive note with cloth donation initiative in association with Goonj and an organ donation awareness camp was also organised by NOTTO. The event was followed by a plantation drive at the South Campus, Delhi University today on 23.12.2023.
The event was supported by SAIL’s Salem Stainless and presented Urban Flasks to the esteemed dignitaries and guests. The event was sponsored by National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC Limited), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Manganese Ore India Limited (MOIL), National Building and Construction Company (NBCC Limited), National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), GAIL (banner ad support), and IFFCO Nano Urea.