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In Your Network: Bally Sappal

Bally Sappal FRSA is a 2012 Clore Social Fellow and joined the RSA in order to network with forward-thinking people.  She is passionate about cross sector collaboration and social enterprise and innovation to empower disadvantaged communities; find out what inspires her:

1) Please give a brief explanation of what it is you do and why?
I am a 2012 Clore Social Fellow and a consultant.  I am a trustee on Boards including Odanadi UK, an anti-trafficking charity that supports the work of Odanadi India in Mysore and Connections at St Martins in the Field, a homeless UK based charity.

I am passionate about cross sector collaboration with funders, the private, public and voluntary sectors to increase international social impact, as well as social innovation and social enterprise. On March 6th 2013 at a cross sector collaborative event with the Big Lottery Fund and The Guardian, my report was launched on “How can the Big Lottery Fund and other funders work collaboratively with the private sector to increase their international impact.”  I am a social entrepreneur and innovator and am currently developing a social enterprise to address the education and training needs in India and the UK.  You can read about my research with Clore online.

2) What did you join the Fellowship for?
I joined to be part of a global movement and network of forward thinkers, social innovators and entrepreneurs to find solutions to the world’s social, economic and environmental problems to help alleviate poverty and help and empower those most disadvantaged in society.

3) In what capacity do you think you could contribute to society/the Fellowship? 
I can advise the RSA on cross sector collaboration. I can facilitate networking and collaborative sessions between the sectors to increase understanding and encourage collaboration. I am also a connector so can help Fellows network.

4) What would you change in society given the chance?
I am interested in addressing our social, environmental and economic problems through cross sector collaboration, social enterprise and innovation.

5) What recent bit of news have you heard which inspires you? 
I am very interested in social innovation and enterprise projects that help empower communities to help themselves. Examples old and new include the Hole-in-the experiment by Dr. Sugata Mitra. By carving a "hole in the wall" in an adjoining slum in Kalkaji, New Delhi, a freely accessible computer was put up for use and was an instant hit among the slum dwellers, especially the children. With no prior experience, the children learnt to use the computer on their own. Another example is Unilever’s Shakti programme which creates business and social value by training women as sales agents of cleaning products to educate local people about hand washing whilst contributing toward the Millennium Development Goals through disease reduction. 

I also am also inspired by examples of good deeds and random acts of kindness such as the "suspended coffee"movement in US and Canada where you can help a less-fortunate stranger by purchasing a hot drink that can be claimed later.

6) What did you learn last week? 
We can achieve more by working together across sectors...sometimes people just need to be connected which breaks down barriers and increases understanding.

7) Tell us about another interesting Fellow you have spoken to.
The inspiring social entrepreneur Benita Matofska who has founded The People Who Share in order to build a 'Sharing Economy' that puts people and the planet at its heart.

8) What would you like to connect with Fellows about? Please tell us if there is anything you would like from other Fellows
I’m interested in connecting with other Fellows who want to build a better world to help empower those most disadvantaged through cross sector collaboration, social enterprise and social innovation. I am also developing a social enterprise to help address the skill development gap between education and employment in India and also potentially the UK so please do contact me if you are interested in this.

Bally Sappal

Bally Sappal



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