I am the change film project

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A student who distributes books to Atm guards, a auto rickshaw guy who runs a free library for his passengers, a Computer engineer who distributes slippers, a cobbler who gives food to ants…
These are some of everyday heroes who are making a difference by small acts of kindness.

We invite new, amateur and professional filmmakers to come together and share their stories through short film. Participate in ” I am the change film project 09′

Competition : 1st – 4th October

Submission deadline: 10th September

Make a film, make a difference

for more info : http://www.mammovies.com

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What's your gift ? project

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The ‘What’s Your Gift? Project’ started by an everyday hero Chintan Modi is based on a deep conviction that each one of us has gifts to offer, and that it is the sharing of these gifts in a spirit of service that can well become an organizing principle for the way we live. This project is a humble effort to look for, document and share the stories of those beautiful people who’ve recognized their gifts and are using them generously for the benefit of others. This project will lead into an e-book that would be freely shared as a gift.

Supporting this project further we are making short films on them through, I am the change film project, where 101 filmmakers make films on 101 social causes in 101 hours. This challenge will take place during ‘Joy of giving week’, where entire India will be celebrating kindness in action. We need your help in spreading these ripples. Here’s how you can participate:

• Filmmakers: Register for ‘I am the change film project’
• Writers: write a brief story on a everyday hero and send it to us.
• Kind souls: Do small act of kindness during joy of giving week.

Contribute / volunteer to any of the above causes through your own gift to make this initiative a beautiful experience.

For more information
What’s your gift project: whatsyourgiftproject@gmail.com
I am the change film project: http://www.mammovies.com
Joy of giving week : http://www.joyofgivingweek.org

Few stories of everyday heroes:

* A musician who takes people on trips to Ladakh and Kashmir — trips that are less touristy, and more of an exploration into how our lifestyle choices impact the earth in hazardous ways, because of our callous preference for convenience and comfort over the health of the universe that sustains us in the first place

* A social psychologist who devotes much of her time to connecting people that might be able to benefit, support and learn from each other.

* A professional photographer who takes out time to teach photography to the blind.

* A college student who buys footwear for those who have none from his own pocket money.

Sankalp Forum

Recently as part of our Seva Journals program we had the opportunity to make 49 films on various social entrepreneurs from all over India. Here’s more information on Sankalp Forum which was organized by Intellecap to bring together these entrepreneurs with venture capitalists.

You can also see the short films on selected entrepreneurs here.

Sankalp (English: Pledge or Determination) is conceived as a South Asia Social Enterprise and Investment Forum with the primary goal of bringing together various stakeholders sharing a common conviction that capital should be invested to create multiple bottom-line returns (financial, social and environmental) and not exclusively financial (profit-maximizing) or social (philanthropic) returns.

Sankalp 2009 is an effort to discover, connect and support the most investible social MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium enterprises) operating in high impact sectors such as:

Smile :)

Smile and the world smiles with you :))

Recently ‘Smile’ a mumbai based NGO had celebrated their 10th Anniversary. We had an opportunity to work with them and create a video through ‘Genesis film project’. The event started with this film (made by Aparna and Shiv). And the moment we saw this film with them, my heart swelled with exhilaration. I could feel the ripples of joy created through ‘Genesis project’ and my belief in us being the instrument for a higher purpose was again deeply affirmed. How proudly they used this film to share about their amazing work. A work which truly and selflessly made a difference in lives of so many children living on the streets.

Film was followed by performances by little children and the felicitation of various people and organizations they worked with. MAM was fecilitated for doing Genesis film project.

It was a humbling experience to see our work making a difference.

In Thankfullness today to everyone  who have helped us achieve this.