Changing Perceptions – Promoting Social Innovation in the Himalayas

During this masterclass, you will have the chance to listen to both, researchers and social entrepreneurs, speaking about social innovation in the Himalayas. The event is organised by Bright Red Triangle and will be led by UTSAAH in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University’s Business School, School of Health and Social Care, School of Applied Sciences.

Location: Edinburgh Napier University – Merchiston Campus, Room A55

Programme Schedule:

2:00 – 2:30 pm: Registration and refreshments.

2:30 – 2:40 pm: Welcome address by Bright Red Triangle

2:40 – 2:50 pm: Introduction to UTSAAH and purpose of bringing social entrepreneurs/innovators together and by UTSAAH team

2:50 – 3:00 pm: Q/A 

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Video screenings about the impact of grassroot entrepreneurial initiatives

3:15 – 3:35 pm: Talk 1: Impact of such collaborations and Ecosphere example (through Skype straight from the Himalayas)

3:35 – 3:55 pm – Talk 2: The social innovative story of Kalap Hospital in the Himalayas By Anand Sankar, Founder of Kalap Trust

3:55 – 4:05 pm – Q/A 

4:05 – 4:20 pm – Talk 3: “Institutional challenges and opportunities faced by social enterprises in emerging markets” by Andrei Gurca, Assistant Professor of Strategy at NEOMA Business School, Reims, France.

Abstract: Social enterprises are increasingly attempting to compensate and provide solutions for the inability of governments and businesses to effectively address pressing social concerns such as poverty, social inequality, and the environment. The institutional role of social enterprises is particularly important in emerging markets that are characterized by, both, an abundance of traditions and informal institutions and a lack of formal institutions supporting the development of functional markets and equitable opportunities for market participation. In this talk, drawing on a field study of Spiti Ecosphere (based in Spiti Valey, Himachal Pradesh state, India), we will discuss how social enterprises address the institutional challenges and opportunities posed by emerging market realities. 

4:20 – 4:30 pm – Closing talk, UTSAAH.

For any queries: Please write to Nika at

**Image credits: UTSAAH