The Foundation Post Q2, 2016

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How often do you come across people who exemplify change? The facilitators of new thinking, new actions and new behaviour. Those driven to change the status quo with a zeal for doing things differently. From Mahatma Gandhi to Malala Yousafzai, the world has seen many great men and women who have stood up for cause, unwilling to compromise on their vision despite unwieldy obstacles. Their motivations were many, their goal was one – change. They fought for the rights of individuals, the upliftment of communities and the empowerment of entire generations of people. Them, and others like them, are visionaries who have inspired and spurred a million revolutions. Such is the impact of a Change Agent. It is tough to come across such examples in our daily lives. They are often people covered in media, confined to history books, borne out of difficult circumstances and nurtured on personal turmoil and experiences. Or so we think. If we just look beyond, we can find such change agents right amidst us. An engineer building an economical solar power panel to power a village. Or an architect helping local artisans build sustainable houses. Or a teacher telling fascinating stories from history to young kids. Anyone, anywhere can be a change agent. At Shiv Nadar Foundation we are lucky enough to work with numerous such change agents, who strive everyday to make a difference, to one person or many. They are not successful every single day. But they continue to strive for the satisfaction at the end of the metaphorical tunnel. The satisfaction that arises out of seeing one's work creating a change in the lives of fellow human beings. For us, work and impact are only as strong as the people. Those people behind every success story, behind every child who sees new opportunities, or every community made a little more capable through knowledge. It is the people who are the true facilitators of change in any organization looking to create wide-spread social change. This is the idea we are exploring in this issue of The Foundation Post. Hope you enjoy reading it. Letter from the Editorial Desk 2

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