This was the backdrop, in which some of us - the SIGMA team and some of the profs - started discussing the theme for the Social Entrepreneurship Conference.
Clearly, the developmental issue is not about lack of resources, but about lack of access to resources for those who are marginalised in the current development paradigm. If social entrepreneurship is about fostering sustainable social development, then it has to be about innovating and implementing models which provide this access to existing resources... and therefore, it seemed appropriate to design a conference on the theme:
...or more specifically:
What we also realised was that the solutions to these "access issues" already exist - solutions which are founded on innovative approaches, have been implemented, have effectively helped solving the problem, and are scalable and replicable...
...which is another paradox of modern India: viz., these achievements and acts of entrepreneurship rarely become a part of mainstream public awareness. After all, how many people know about:
The purpose of the Conference, we decided, should also be to celebrate and highlight such social ventures and the entrepreneurs who took the initiative to create these benchmarks.