Changemaker Monthly Seminars

 The Changemakers Seminar

Having supported over 250 NGOs and 100+ activists in India over the last four and half decades, the IDS team has been fascinated by their commitment and passion to make a difference. The team wondered what drove these committed individuals to often give up their successful careers and dedicate their lives to the great good of society. This inquisitiveness led us to start a monthly webinar in a “Changemaker” virtual series that we now host every fourth Saturday of the month at 9:00 AM CT.

Through interactive dialogue, we not only want to learn about how the organizations were started, but also about their successes and challenges and how their projects have evolved over time. We wanted to understand how IDS’ support has helped them in their transformation journey in various aspects of development, including education, healthcare, livelihood, women’s empowerment, agriculture, and water conservation among so many others. Such ongoing dialogue with Changemakers allows IDS to reflect on the ground reality as well as the potential for networking with other like-minded NGOs.

Changemakers Seminar Schedule for 2024

Date & Month Title (click link to get recording) Presenter NGO
January 27, 2024 DIGITAL LITERACY FOR MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIE Osama Manzar Digital Empowerment Foundationl
March 23, 2024 Breaking the Poverty Cycle through Education AJIT GEORGE Shanti Bhavan
   April 20, 2024 DIGITAL LITERACY FOR MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES Arpana Sharma Singhal Digital Empowerment Foundation

Changemakers Seminar Schedule for 2023

Date & Month Title (click link to get recording) Presenter NGO
December 09, 2023 PUBLIC HEALTH, A GLOBAL IMPERATIVE Shrey Desai SEWA rural
September 23, 2023 Society for Governance and Development Anwar Jaffery Samavesh
   August 26, 2023 Skilling Youths of India for a Brighter Future Parul Sheth/Isha Sheth Shaishav
   July 22, 2023 Creating low-cost and effective health programs in tribal and rural central India Nafisa Barot Utthan
   June 24, 2023 Video link Christopher Turillo Medha
May 27,2023 Rehabilitating & Reuniting the Mentally Destitutes with their Families Dr.Bharat Vatwani Shraddha
Feb 25,2023   Pankaj Tiwari Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Changemakers Seminar Schedule for 2022

Date & Month Title (click link to get recording) Presenter NGO
August 27th, 2022 Women’s Program for Social and Economic Development
Ajit Singh Samavesh
July 23rd, 2022 Improvement of health and education through the empowerment of rural communities
Prasad Gollanapalli Vasavya Society for Rural Development (VASORD)
June 25th, 2022 Building a movement of girl leaders Dhirendra Pratap Singh Milaan Foundation
May 28th, 2022 Working with the urban and rural disadvantaged in Uttar Pradesh
Rakesh Kumar Pandey Shramik Bharti
April 23rd, 2022 Creating a green planet and uplifting rural communities through tree plantation Apurva Bhandari SankalpTaru Foundation
March 26th, 2022 Breast cancer awareness and early detection Alka Shrikhande, Dr. Padma Shetty Maina Foundation
February 26th, 2022 Building vibrant eco-systems and youth-centric spaces Ashraf Patel ComMutiny – The Youth Collective
January 22nd, 2022 Empowering Rural Communities in Cheepurupalli, Andhra Pradesh Dr. PDK Rao Sodhana Charitable Trust

Changemakers Seminar Schedule for 2021

Date & Month Title (click link to get recording) Presenter NGO
October 30th, 2021   Dr. Khushroo Patel Gram Seva Foundation USA
September 25th, 2021 Holistic Women Empowerment Chandrakala Bhargaw Adarsh Mahila Gram Udyog
August 28th, 2021 Empowerment of Girls and Women Lokender Pal Singh Pardada Pardadi
July 24th, 2021 Social Innovation Technology for Women Farmers Trupti Jain  
June 26th, 2021   Dr. Prakash Tyagi GRAVIS
APRIL 24th, 2021   Adhik Kadam  
February 27th, 2021 Passion to Serve
Dr. Abdul Sharah International Village Clinic
January 23rd, 2021 The Future of Education Manish jain Swaraj University

Changemakers Seminar Schedule for 2020

Date & Month Title (click link to get recording) Presenter NGO
October 24th, 2020 Video Link  Mahesh Wani Save Indian Farmers
September 26th, 2020   Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh PUKAR
August 29th 2020   JAYANT HARDIKAR Himalayan Education Foundation (HEF)
June 27th, 2020  Video Link  Mr. Ramesh Swamy UNNATI
May 23rd 2020 Video Link  Dr. Shiban Ganju SAM
April 25 2020 Video Link  Chris Turillo Medha
Feb 22 2020 Video Link  Dr. Ramesh Bellamkonda Bharatha Swamukti Samsthe” (BSS)
Mar 08 2020 Mobile Science Lab Madhukar Deshpande Vidhyanvahini

Changemakers Seminar Schedule for 2019

Date & Month Title (click link to get recording) Presenter NGO
June 20 2019 Organic Farming Dr Ron Fernandes IDS Board


To date, we have been fortunate to host upwards of 20 Changemakers since we started the series. One of our longtime supporters and a social activist in her own right, K Sujata was so inspired by these talks that she also agreed to convert their stories into a podcast series on a voluntary basis. These podcasts are now available on soundcloud and podbean under the title ‘Sarvodaya’ or you can access these podcasts anytime with this QR code.