Webinar: Introduction to Societal Platform Thinking

Listen in for a deep-dive into the key constructs of Societal Platform thinking and the manifestation of the thinking through EkStep's journey.

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Tech for Good: The Role of ICT in Achieving the SDGs

Governments, Civil society & the Markets are coming together to answer big questions about what our future will look like in a hyper-digitized world. Learn more in the SDG Academy course featuring a case study on Aadhaar & introduction to Societal Platform thinking.

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Podcast: Sea Change

Sea Change is a show about societal change in the digital age and how to make a bigger, faster and more inclusive impact in the world we live in.

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Digital Andhra: Complain, Track and Resolve Your Civic Issues Through One App

For e-Governments Foundation to bring about impact at the scale, it was necessary to create a shared digital infrastructure, which brought together different stakeholders in the urban ecosystem – from governments to non-profits, from private players to citizenry.

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Societal Platform Design: Note on Design and Technology Characteristics

A Societal Platform approach to resolving a societal challenge necessitates the use of technology to achieve scale, speed, and sustainability. This document presents the key design and technology characteristics, along with examples; and is intended for social entrepreneurs and tech architects looking to apply the Societal Platform approach to resolving a societal challenge.

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Societal Platform Code of Sharing

EkStep Foundation, co-funded by Rohini and Nandan Nilekani, has invested in curating the learning from leveraging shared digital infrastructure, co-creation ecosystems and multi-dimensional societal networks to resolve large, diverse and complex societal challenges globally, to develop the Societal Platform Method. This philanthropically funded body of knowledge is a free public good and is being shared openly and made available as per the Creative Commons, CC BY ND 4.0 International License.

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Rohini and Nandan Nilekani Invite You to Collaborate to Enable Societal Development

Dynamic complex societal problems cannot be solved in isolation by our Samaaj, our civil society or Sarkaar, our state machinery or Bazaar, our market structures. This needs a way for all of the actors to come together. They need to come together with a new way of thinking.

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Societal Platforms: Reimagining Development

Given the complexity of social problems, it’s time we addressed social problems through open, technology-enabled ecosystems where innovators can co-create a wide array of rapidly scalable solutions. Read the full article here on India Development Review.

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Societal Platforms: A Systemic Method to Resolve Complex Societal Challenges

Societal Platforms are one of many ways forward to resolve complex societal challenges. They are imagined as a public good aimed at extending citizen services across our demographics and facilitating meaningful collaboration, amplified by technology.

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Press Release: Leading Philanthropists Announce Co-Impact, A Global Collaborative for Systems Change, with US $500 Million in Planned Initial Funding

A group of the world’s leading philanthropists today announced the formation of Co-Impact, a new global model for collaborative philanthropy and social change at scale. The EkStep Foundation, co-founded by Rohini and Nandan Nilekani, will serve as Co-Impact’s technical partner by supporting a number of Co-Impact programs with their open knowledge and societal platform assets as well as capacity building.

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Reimagining Societal Development: Through the Philanthropists’ lens

Covering aspects such as the role of technology in amplifying social impact to the best way to attract talent, a group of Philanthropists share their views on the need for a new way of thinking for societal development.

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Olivia Leland on the Collaboration with EkStep Foundation

Olivia Leland, Founder & CEO, Co-Impact, talks about the potential of Societal Platform thinking in driving large-scale systemic impact across their opportunities.

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Societal Platforms: Building Beyond Aadhaar for Sustainable Development

CGD, in partnership with the World Bank Group, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Omidyar Network, hosted Nandan Nilekani, the founding chairman of UIDAI (Aadhaar), the unique identification system of India, which has enrolled more than a billion people. Nilekani spoke on “Societal Platforms: A Cambrian Approach to Sustainable Development”—how we can distill principles from the unique architecture of Aadhaar to develop new platforms, like EkStep on education, that can enable people to access an increasingly wide array of transformative services.https://www.cgdev.org/event/societal-platforms-building-beyond-aadhaar-sustainable-development

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Aadhaar Technology Evolves: Solving Global Problems through Societal Platforms

How do you give over a billion people a digital ID within five years? How do you improve learning for 200 million children in India and countless millions worldwide within a decade? How do you solve the world’s most pressing challenges, not incrementally, but with the urgency they demand? The answer may lie in a completely new way of thinking about the solution—building societal platforms to address developmental challenges of the 21st century.

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EkStep, the Learning Platform

The EkStep platform was envisioned towards the mission of enabling literacy and numeracy for 200 million children in K-5 by 2020, and is built using the Societal Platform approach. EkStep’s efforts towards creating shared digital infrastructure that enables the education ecosystem to co-create solutions, has started to generate a network effect that is amplifying the power of the education ecosystem in India and increasing agency for both teacher and learner.

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eGovernments Foundation

eGovernments Foundation transforms urban governance with the use of scalable and replicable technology solutions that enable efficient and effective municipal operations, better decision making, and contact-less urban service delivery.

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ShikshaLokam

An education leadership platform, ShikshaLokam enables and amplifies leadership development opportunities for individuals and institutions engaged in K-12 education systems. The platform offers free services and resources to a variety of ecosystem players – individuals, NGOs and government – by supporting education leadership development at large scale with high impact.

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Sunbird

Sunbird is an open source, configurable, extendable, modular learning management platform architected for scale. Designed to support multiple teaching and learning solutions supporting multiple languages, it is available for online and offline use. Developed by EkStep Foundation and licensed under AGPL licence, Sunbird makes it possible to leverage technology for education by providing building blocks for the creation of learning solutions.

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IndiaStack

IndiaStack is a set of APIs that allows governments, businesses, startups and developers to utilise an unique digital Infrastructure to solve India’s hard problems towards presence-less, paperless, and cashless service delivery.

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eGov SmartCity eGovernance Suite

eGov SmartCity eGovernance suite of products aim to improve the internal efficiency, transparency, accountability and the service delivery of Municipal Governments. The solution is made freely available by eGovernments Foundation and released under version 3.0 of the GPL.

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OpenRAP

OpenRAP is an open source software initiative to develop a modular & scalable localised content distribution network (CDN) platform. In the context of education, OpenRAP allows for pre-loading the complete Digital Course Curriculum (K12) onto the CDN and then accessing the content through any of the School desktop / tablet without internet connectivity.

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OpenSABER

OpenSABER (Software Archetype for Building Electronic Registries) is an open source software stack that is intended to build electronic registries of data.

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DIAL

The Digital Infrastructure for Augmented Learning (DIAL) code is a machine-readable optical label that allows digital content and information to be linked to offline content or material. This infrastructure enables easy and convenient access to additional digital information and content related to any offline topic or content.

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The Tata Center explores different models of entrepreneurship for social impact during its largest annual event of the year

At the third annual Tata Center Symposium, keynote speaker Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of EkStep Foundation, pointed to the Cambrian Period as a strong and successful framework for developing innovation rapidly at scale in his talk “A Cambrian Approach to Sustainable Development.”

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