Sanjay Bapat

Ashoka Fellow
Mumbai, India
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Sanjay Bapat was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Sanjay’s idea is based on the knowledge that effective social change work rarely happens in isolation, that all efforts are deeply enriched by partnerships and the sharing of information. He has created a categorically new tool for citizen sector organizations in India to form such partnerships through his Web site The site offers a virtual meeting ground for a wide range of groups—citizen sector organizations, underprivileged communities, funding agencies, corporations, government departments, and global citizens interested in India. It provides a wealth of information on citizen sector organizations and the experience, ideas, and resources they bring to the table, fostering connections and networks that help each member reach their individual and collective goals.
Poor information sharing leads to a huge amount of wasted energy in the citizen sector. Organizations spend months working out solutions to problems that have already been solved by like-minded groups; with the connections they make through, they can stop reinventing the wheel and direct their attention to more worthy problems. The site also gives journalists an easy and compelling resource from which to write about social and development issues, and improves the speed and confidence with which nonresidents invest in Indian programs. Best of all, Sanjay’s idea is easy to replicate on a global scale.
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