Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande listens intently, looking for people with ideas to solve Indian problems and to provide them a Sandbox to test them. He says that the only way you can fix impoverished communities is to move people from complaining to actually getting excited about problem solving. Read the article
The Hubli DD, driven by the Deshpande Foundation, has emerged as India's most sought after leadership and networking forum for NGOs, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, impact investors and development academia. Read the article
This conference is actually held in the field; Hubli, Karnataka is located in northwest Karnataka - eight hours from Bangalore or Mumbai. In the international development world, conferences are almost never held in the field. Read the article
DD 2013's Keynote Address featuring Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Mrs. Sudha Murty, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, and Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande. Mr. Ratan Tata took a moment to appreciate the Deshpande Foundation: "Here's an organization that is really making a difference. I've been struck by the fact that you've given a sense of belonging, pride, and dignity to communities. I've really been moved."
Desh's take on this year's theme:
"We have a lot of big problems to be solved in the world and none of us are going to be able to do it by ourselves. So the theme is how do we all come together, collaborate and take on these big challenges to bring about a system's change and make a real difference."
Nobel Peace Prize winner and children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi shares his wisdom at DD
2015. Here's what he had to say about the Deshpande Foundation: "You are linking education,
knowledge, technology, and entrepreneurship with farmers, which is very important in India" –
Envisioning the Future: One of the most invigorating Keynote Panels till date. "In many ways, you are getting a really good glimpse of the future right here in the Sandbox ecosystem. This element of addressing social challenges through an entrepreneurial mindset is very powerful, and it absolutely works." - Raju Reddy.
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