Ashoka Changemakers' Asia #SocEntChat about Activating Empathy

Ashoka Changemakers® hosted a Twitter chat for Asian audiences on Activating Empathy – Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. IST (@ Indian Standard Time) .


  1. A #SocEntChat is a real-time, Twitter-based discussion about social entrepreneurship that focuses on various issues, areas, themes, and events. It is designed for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, funders, journalists, and supporters to share their ideas, discuss the state of the field, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring deeper exploration. 
  2. Introductions:
  3. Panelists:
  4. Protsahan India Foundation aims to create creative platforms of learning and self expression. Empowerment is by the means of education. The concept was born in west Delhi, India, in a little unknown village, in the summer of 2010. Protsahan India Foundation is a youth led & run organization working with street children [sexually abused, drug abused, at-risk] and marginalized women through Art & ICT. Their strategic focus areas are creative education and skill development.

    Pankaj Dubey along with some other friends founded Spriha. Pankaj has been a journalist with the BBC World Service, London and TV Today Network, India. He is a law graduate from Delhi University and also a Masters in Applied Communications from the Coventry University, England. With an idea and motivation to utilise his education and experience in media and communication, Pankaj took up the cause of ‘Empathy Building’ in children irrespective of their social and economic background. He has designed and actualised India’s first travelling street film festival for children in slums and villages by the name of ‘Sadak Chhap Film Fest’ to reach out to the children with limited means.” 
  5. Syinc is a nonprofit in Singapore that enables young people to act as agents of social change - in ways that are effective and creative. Through networking and capacity building, Syinc is creating a community of youth equipped with the skills necessary for driving social change. Syinc envisions a world where young people feel empowered to take action so as to create the change they want to see in this world. This is achieved among which by serving as connector for social change groups in Singapore, providing opportunities to catalyse new collaborations, developing skills and sharing resources to enable Singapore youth to be effective change agents, and nurturing glocal social responsibility through education, discourse, and engagement.

    Ashoka Fellow Reggi Kayong Munggaran is organizing marginalized youth to serve as changemakers, spearheading the development of much-needed improvements in the physical and social infrastructures of the areas in which they reside. By engaging a broad spectrum of the residents of those communities in public discussions and ‘action squads’ he is also helping community members join together in prioritizing actionable needs and implementing youth-driven responses to those needs. 

  6. Rabtt, which literally means ‘connection’ in Urdu, is a voluntary youth organization that aims to promote independent and critical thinking through educational camps, bringing together students and mentors from different classes of society in an environment free of judgement and control, introducing new fields of knowledge and broadening the scope of future possibilities for students.
  7. Question 1: Defining and understanding empathy. All of us have our own perspectives on empathy. Through this question we wanted to bring out diverse point of views to understand empathy in all its depth and manifestations. Read through the different responses we got from our enthusiastic panelists and participants.