SoCh - Taking Social Change beyond just thinking about it

This is to let you all know that I am alive and well. The absence of updates on this blog is primarily due to the fact that I am traveling, on work and for pleasure, a vacation of sorts after ages. However, there is a lot brewing at the community that you have built around the work I am trying to do here. One of the projects that has shaped up over the last several months is SoCh, a (presently) Hyderabad-based platform for connecting and promoting real change-makers. No, we do not have a website, and no, there are no membership charges.


SoCh is an experiment in community building that brings together innovative change-makers and gives them a platform to present their work to an audience made of media, bloggers, writers, community workers and thought leaders from diverse backgrounds. Our hope is that this networking opportunity will strengthen and broadcast the work being done by these amazing individuals and organizations. Of course, this will be possible only with your love and support.

The first public event of SoCh takes place on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Our Sacred Space, Secunderabad. Please do come if you are in Hyderabad, and if not, please do share this post or the Facebook event page with your friends in Hyderabad. We look forward to seeing you on August 3. Here is a brief outline of what you can expect on that evening.


SoCh – Taking Social Change beyond just thinking about it…

We all long to contribute to real change. The challenge lies in taking that first step. SoCh brings you a platter of amazing change-makers to tell you what they did, how, and why. Our hope is that hearing and meeting them will help you see what you can do to become a change-maker in your own world.

Thodu Needa is an organization that works towards breaking barriers and social stigma to encourage senior citizens to live and love to the fullest. Rajeshwari, the founder will speak on her journey and how Thodu Needa stood against all odds in a world that stigmatizes companionships at an older age.

At the age of 28 one would ideally ensure one’s bank balance looks good and that one is found suitable to be married. But it takes a few crazy people like Srivyal to return from the United States and put their savings and time to start a home for homeless children called Sphoorthi. Srivyal will be telling us how he finally found his bride and still retained his enthusiasm to work for these children.

Right to Information is the timely response to citizen requests for government information. Promoting transparency and accountability in the government sectors,  RTI act helps responsible citizens learn about information related to any public institution. But how do you do it? Rakesh Kumar Dubbudu, a noted RTI activist will tell us.

It took Nayantara Nanda Kumar lot of will power and patience and some recyclable material to construct a space to make the classical and folk arts accessible to all. Gifting us Our Sacred Space, Nayantara will be sharing why she packed her bags from San Francisco to Hyderabad to build Our Sacred Space in the heart of the concrete jungle.

Ever seen a deaf person performing in a play? Or a visually challenged person rehearsing his lines for an act? But Anju Khemani, one of the founders of Drama Association for the Deaf, who combines her love for Drama and differently-abled people enables them do so. How? She will be narrating it to us


Center for Learning is a unique experiment in democratic learning where the students are encouraged to live a disciplined and responsible life by learning the principles of peaceful co-existence and self-actualization and by directing their own course of study. Amit Deshwal will tell us about this amazing attempt at creating an alternate education model.

Social Change (SoCh) is an initiative of BlendOfTea.com and Nivasini Publishers, partnered by Career-Analytics.com. We hope to see you on Saturday August 3, 2013 at 5 pm. Venue: Our Sacred Space, Secunderabad (adj to St. Ann’s School).

Details contact: 7799225909 or email: nivedita@nivasini.com | subhorup@gmail.com

17 comments:

  1. Hi Subh,
    Nice to hear from you after a bit gap,
    Hope you enjoyed the journey.
    Now appeared with a new venture.
    I appreciate your initiative to bring
    like minded people together for the
    upliftment of the society and of each other.
    Keep Going.
    We Wish You All a Grant Success
    To SoCh.
    GOOD WISHES
    Philip Ariel & Associates
    Secunderabad

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    1. Thank you so much, Philip. I do know that none of our efforts are wasted.

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  2. Good to hear from you after a long gap...
    Hope you've enjoyed your travelling and expect to see some of your travel stories soon...
    My best wishes for your SoCh!
    Cheers :-)

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    1. Travel stories will most likely show up at the Story of Parth blog, but overwhelmed with the arrangements for this event right now, so it might be a while. Thanks for your good wishes, Anunoy.

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  3. Best wishes for SoCh! May it help more and more!

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  4. Great initiative...may your tribe increase...

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    1. Thanks, Prasad. Hope to see you there on Saturday.

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  5. Great initiative... may your tribe increase...

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  6. Welcome back. Good to see you in the thick of things again. This is a very good initiative. Best of luck.

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  7. Great, All the best .

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    1. Thanks, Rupam. And also thanks for pushing this event on Twitter.

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  8. wow...congrats bhai and all the best :)

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    1. Thanks, Dhiraj. Nice to see you here after a while. Trust all is well with you.

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  9. I don't live in Hyderabad. But am keen to share the good work you are doing. My best wishes.

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    1. Thanks, Arindam. Appreciate your support.

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