From Rickshaw Revolution to Empowered Slum Dwellers

Ashoka Fellows share about how social entrepreneurship can empower and make positive impacts in the communities it serves.

Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, has about 3,000 members worldwide.

Aspiring social entrepreneurs joined representatives from corporations, education institutions, arts groups and government agencies to get inspired and be enriched by four Ashoka Fellows and staff at SIF's Ideas for a Better World Forum on Wednesday, 4 May 2011.

Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, has about 3,000 members worldwide.

With India as the focus country for discussion, participants learnt about the revolution of the rickshaw transport industry to enable these transport operators to multiply their income.

They were also given a glimpse into the push to provide low-income families with affordable housing, into how slum dwellers are empowered to improve their living conditions, and how modern technology has been adapted to meet the needs of the rural poor.

David White, a retiree interested in benefitting developing countries through a financial outfit, said the event was useful in increasing the awareness and potential for social development.

For Soh Chee Meng, from the Singapore Polytechnic, the event motivated her to “spread the cause for a community in need and to share this with the younger generation”.

Launched in March, Ideas for a Better World Forum aims to engage global thought leaders to share their insights and inspire bold new ideas, in order to catalyse collaboration between Singapore and world communities, to address today’s social issues.

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