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 2022

Date Title (click link to get recording) Presenter NGO
1/22/2022 Rural Healthcare Dr. PDK Rao Sodhana Charitable Trust
2/26/2022 Youth-Led Change Ashraf Patel ComMUTINY
3/26/2022 Breast Cancer Awareness & Early Detection Alka Shrikhande Maina Foundation
4/23/2022 Planting Trees and Uplifting Communities Apurva Bhandari SankalpTaru Foundation
5/28/2022 Grain Banks Rakesh Pandey Shramik Bharati
6/25/2022 Girls Empowerment Dhirendra Singh Milaan Foundation
7/23/2022 Rural Healthcare Dr Prasad Gollanpalli VASORD

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.

In 2020-21, we welcomed the following Changemakers (click below to view past seminars):