Register for Virtual PM Open Space
Event Date : Friday, 29th January 2021
Event Time : 1500 Hrs to 1600 Hrs IST

Contact us at +919886814078
Speaker : Mr. Anshu Gupta
Founder Director, GOONJ

Popularly known as the Clothing Man and the recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay award, Anshu Gupta founded Goonj with a mission to highlight some basic but ignored needs of people on the development agenda, using clothing as a metaphor.
An Ashoka and Schwab Fellow for entrepreneurship, Anshu is creatively and flexibly matching and seamlessly weaving urban surplus into the changing priorities & realities of rural marginalized communities.
He has built the genesis of a parallel trash based economy by creating barter between efforts of rural communities and urban surplus material as two new currencies.

Under his leadership Goonj has taken the alarming growth of urban waste and turned it into a tool to trigger large scale work on various rural development issues.
Using the discard of the cities and efforts and knowledge of the poor as a new resource for eliminating poverty, Anshu’s work offers the world a sustainable economic model.
By prioritizing the dignity of the receiver and putting the decision making back into their hands. Anshu has also added ‘dignity’ as an important lens to define development for people.

Over the years Goonj has done massive disaster relief and rehab work pan India, turning every disaster into an opportunity to reach resources and attention to the most ignored communities.

Listed by the Forbes magazine as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs, Anshu and Goonj have received a series of national and international recognition on innovation, entrepreneurship, governance and public service including World Bank's development Market place award, Changemakers Innovation award to Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Fair Business Practices
Anshu studied mass communication apart from doing a Masters in Economics and started as a freelance journalist.
He left a corporate communication job in 1998 and initiated Goonj.
Topic: The role of Individuals in Rethinking the Society
This pandemic has caused us to question how we treat people around us; act on societal problems and ignore the realities.
The pain caused to the hundreds and thousands of people made us rethink how we operate.
The session will be an eye opener of what role we as individuals have, to build a more empathetic, just and inclusive society
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