Social change and you. This is an initiative where we introduce change makers to an interested set of audience whom we call as thought leaders. The change makers from different fields like alternative arts, drama for the deaf, photography for the blind, inclusive learning, etc and who are working towards enabling a social change.
For those who might be encountering SoCh for the first time, a quick overview: SoCh is a belief that the common man is capable of achieving and driving real change in society. It works by using an unconference format to bring together stakeholders from all points of the social change continuum. Started in August 2013 by a group of young Hyderabad citizens, it provides a platform for individuals and organizations who have achieved significant outcome with their work to showcase what they are doing through a brief and timebound presentation. This is followed by a curated (and timebound) Q&A session. An episode of SoCh typically features six to seven such speakers. The event includes informal networking time over tea and refreshments where the attendees get to interact with the speakers and with other participants at a personal level.
The audience consists of traditional media, digital and social media influencers, bloggers, corporate decision makers, people wanting to volunteer or fund, and people who are generally interested in contributing to a better society. There is no specific call to action. The idea is to allow the space created to dictate its own agenda. The event promotion takes place almost entirely in social media, more in the form of informing people than soliciting their participation. About 300 people have attended the two episodes hosted so far, while social media discussions about the projects featured have engaged more than 17,000 people, most of them in Hyderabad region.
Reports about Soch
Article in Indian Express http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/1843641
Report by Desitraveler http://desitraveler.com/soch/
Report by Nivasini Publishers http://nivasinipublishers.blogspot.in/2013/11/family-matters-and-soch2-101113.html
Report by SJD http://subhorup.blogspot.com/2013/08/soch.html
Organizations and individuals who have been part of SoCh to date
1. Thodu Needa (companionship for the elderly and senior citizen care)
2. Drama Association for the Deaf (cultural, employment, and support services for the deaf)
3. Rakesh Dubbudu (RTI activist)
4. Our Sacred Space (environmentally responsible center for the classical and folk arts)
5. Center For Learning (democratic learning strategies, alternative education school)
6. Career Analytics (bringing global career wisdom and industry intelligence to Indian students)
7. Blend of Tea (promoting the culture of fine tea and tea drinking as a mindfulness practice)
8. Nivasini Publishers (promoting high quality Indian writing globally)
9. Chandrasekhar Singh (eminent photographer who teaches photography to the blind)
10. Samanvai (support services for the blind, represented by Mahinder, ex-captain of Indian blind cricket team
11. Sveccha (networking center for home-schooling parents and students in Hyderabad)
12. Dirty Feet (organizes learning tours to farms and rural areas for urban children)
13. Akram Feroze a.k.a. Cycle Natak (popularizing traditional community theater by traveling across the country on a bicycle)
14. Adhya Educational Society (bringing contextual learning and high quality education to children in underserved environments)
15. Rang De (crowdfunded rural microfinance portal)