Collective Good. Driven by Stories, Technology & You.
What Do You Mean By Positive Stories?
What’s The Impact Of All This?
- Blind With Camera — We shared a story about a group of visually impaired people running a photography club. This inspired a young girl, who was visually impaired, to pursue photography too.
“You’ve given me a new direction in life,” she said in her email to us. That was the first time someone told us we had made an impact. We had made an impact by just sharing a story!
- Solar Lamps — In partnership with an NGO, we ran a story talking about how students in some remote villages in Orissa were unable to study after sunset due to lack of electricity. We asked our readers to donate solar lamps for these students. The result: We received the required number of solar lamps within a week!
- Fixing a hostel block — This story about a school in Chennai that teaches deaf children led to one of our readers visiting the school and upon finding its hostel block in urgent need of repair, helped fix it by spending Rs. 3.5 Lakhs (USD 6000)!
- Jobs For The Specially Abled — We posted this on our Facebook page and our readers referred people they knew who were specially abled. Via this pool, we were able to get eight of them jobs in interesting roles in different companies.
- Financial contribution — Our story on a child-care center run by a 95-year old in a village in West Bengal led to many of our readers visiting the place and contributing a total of Rs. 5 Lakhs (USD 8000)!
- Conservation efforts in a hill-station — When we highlighted how the conservation efforts in a particular hill-station in India had helped improve the place, a few government authorities read it and helped influence the conservation policies of another hill-station.
- Innovation went viral — This video went so crazy on the internet that the NGO behind it got over 600 phone calls on Day 1 with offers of help in all forms! Again, just by sharing the story we had catalysed change.
- Yoga goes global, again — These two wonderful ladies teach Yoga to children with special needs. We shared their story and here’s what happened, in their own words:
“We have had people contact us from the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India! This include other yoga teachers who want to study/ work with us, media conglomerates such as ABC News/ Good Morning America, parents with special needs children, and students who want to learn and volunteer with us.”
- Increased Forest Cover — A feature story on this brilliant innovator who can create a forest anywhere (including in your backyard) led to him getting media enquiries from all over the world (special mention: BBC World) and a project request from Berlin, Germany!
- Change of careers — One reader, after reading this story, decided to try it out in another city and saw resounding success. She is now more engaged with the NGO and working towards enabling special children to enjoy music. In another case, we had 8 of our readers opting for a 1-year rural India fellowship program after reading about others who’ve gone down that path earlier.
Who Are You?
He is basically the business guy with a hardcore focus on product management. His love for building technology-led projects and startups in general turned into something absolutely meaningful the day he decided to give shape to The Better India. Dhimant is ex-ISB and a computer science engineer who claims to be a long-distance runner!
She is our backbone. Period. She loves history & research and has had her share of experiences in both corporate and social sectors. Also ex-ISB and a civil engineer, she indulges in coffee, all the time!
Tanaya loves technology, stories & storytellers. Her scientific approach to understand issues brings great research and an interesting story-telling way on the table. She is an engineer who is pleasantly surprised and inspired by the power of positivity. When she is not busy at The Better India, she is reading poems and drooling over poets.
Jaitali is either on a trip or planning one. And in between she manages to do some marketing for The Better India. And she is a grooving encyclopedia on EDM genre of music.
Manabi Bacher Katoch is a mechanical engineer turned writer. She believes in changing lives with the power of writing. And when she takes time off The Better India, she reads the works of Tagore, Ghalib and Gulzaar.