The changemakers table is a first-of-its-kind research planning workshop steered by the echo network. We have given 85 changemakers from over 60 organizations across 6 countries, not just a seat at the table, but the chance to tell each other about their goals, their plans, and what they need to make them happen. Together, they will make a plan to do just that.
Why are we doing this?
The echo network is a social innovation partnership steered by the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India with the specific focus of increasing awareness, collaboration, and knowledge regarding human and environmental ecosystems. We envision changing the way science is embedded in society. The changemakers table offers a multi-disciplinary platform where people from all walks of life present current activities and identify mutual goals across their respective organizations, identify mutual knowledge gaps, and needs based on those goals. At the end, they establish scientific research questions to address the gaps that will be engaged with as consortia with other relevant organization/s from across India and the world.
How are we doing this?
Over a period of 36 days, 12 workshops, and 1080 minutes these thought leaders will identify cross-sector research questions on three key issues identified through the many interactions over the past year:
Improving Health and Hygiene Systems: How can we improve our water, waste, sanitation, and hygiene systems across human and environmental ecosystems to detect, respond to, and prevent outbreaks of zoonoses and food and water safety issues?
Regenerative Agriculture: How can we improve the productivity and livelihoods of India’s agricultural sector by leveraging water and carbon conservation that mitigates the impact of climate change on our natural systems?
Human and Environmental Ecosystem Valuation: How can we generate better cost-benefit analyses (economic, societal, and environmental) of our ecosystems and the human impact on them to promote the wellbeing of our lands and people?
In mid-2021, the network plans to initiate 2-year consortium research projects led by these organizations. These projects will be executed through "Science Ambassadors" - postdoctoral researchers from India sponsored by the echo network who will rotate between participating organizations to synthesize knowledge and resources across the consortium.
Who is part of the consortium?
The network is constituted by inspirational leaders from prestigious organisations across the world, a few examples being The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India; Hindustan Unilever Limited; Wildlife Conservation Trust; Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR); The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Cornell University; Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE); The Novo Nordisk Foundation; Keystone Foundation; International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS)-Denmark; ICAR - National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (NBAIR); Toilet Board Coalition; the Environmental Defense Fund; Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH); Research Triangle Institute (RTI) Global India Private Limited; World Resources Institute (WRI); Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK); Sannam S4, Guelph University; Guelph Institute for Environmental Research; Social Alpha; Afforestt; Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai; Initiative for Climate Action (ICA); Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru; WILD Foundation; Harvard University/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, India Research Centre; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve; International Food Policy Research Institute; National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCBS-TIFR); Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Rambøll, Denmark; University of Copenhagen; Ford Foundation; Alive & Thrive (A&T) - a global nutrition initiative by FHI 360; India Climate Collaborative (ICC); Raintree Foundation; EdelGive Foundation; Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT); Earth & Us; National Coalition for Natural Farming; Edward Grey Institute (of Field Ornithology); Wildlife Institute of India (WII); Oxford University, RoundGlass Sustain; Wildernest Eco-Resort; Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC); Tulsi Foundation.
About the echo network
At the echo network, our science listens with an open heart!
We promise to build a close-knit and collaborative community to enable bright minds to tackle real-world problems in human and environmental ecosystems. We want to revolutionize the way science is embedded in our society. WE WANT TO BE THE SCIENCE THAT LISTENS. Every organism on this planet tells a story. At the echo network, we listen to their stories. We promise to work with our partners and facilitate scientific research for a better tomorrow.
Steered by the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, our network is a true example of a cross-disciplinary partnership by organizations who are stalwarts in their respective domains. Our partners encompass government, corporate, academia, non-profit, and social sectors of society. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hindustan Unilever Limited, RoundGlass, the India Climate Collaborative, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) are founding partners of the echo network.
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