Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Flag of India  , Gujarat,
Friday, August 29, 2008

Vikash, a graduate of this institute - Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India - put together an incredible day with these professors and students.

I first had an hour with the faculty members getting to know each other, learn about what each was focusing on and share a bit of what I am doing.  They had prepared a special PowerPoint presentation to orient me.
I then spoke to the NGO Management program where 18 graduate students are studying NGO management and will be moving into NGO's that focus on making a difference in the world.

I then had lunch with the faculty and my host - Ram - gave me a tour of this beautiful campus that had won an architectural award and then a tour of the library where I was given up a copy of the Institute's most current journal.

I then had an hour and a half to share with the sixty Business Entrepreneurship students - students that will soon become entrepreneurs in for profit businesses.

In the classes I did a bit of my portrayal of Muhammad Yunus, presentations on Social Business and MicroFranchising and talked about what my career, what I am doing now, what brought about my transformation and answered students questions.  These graduate students were extremely attentive and polite, asked good questions and were appreciative of who I am and that I had come to share with them.  It was an incredible delight being with these kids and knowing that they are the future of India.

I was particularly appreciative that in a meeting after the classes with Siddhartha Sankar Dash - Chairperson of the Business Entrepreneurship Program, he shared with me how moved he was by my presentation and that he was feeling moved to change from the business sector to the social sector.  Although he was obviously kidding - I could also see by his response that I had touched him and he was seeing Social Business in a new way.

Ajay Dixit who heads up their future Social Business program joined me for dinner.  Ajay and I are kindred spirits and we spent a very interesting dinner and evening sharing some of our ideas, dreams and ways that we might collaborate in the future.  We are looking at doing video conferencing that would include students at this institute, one of the Universities that I hope to become involved with in California and include having some of the greats in Social Business in India that I have met and/or he is connected with do Video Conference guest lecturing to students here in India and in California at the same time.  We also talked about putting together programs by which California students could come to this institute and study and also be given practical experience in social business in India. 

This was a very exciting day and the start of some very special long term relationships.
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