Welcome to Baithak, the Justice Adda platform for supporting and providing resources for social enterprises and Non-Governmental Organizations ( NGOs) looking to maximise their positive impact in the world. Through blog posts, articles, interviews and sharing tools from across the web, we hope to make Baithak a space for people who want to improve how they communicate, adopt new ideas for project management, develop strategies to campaign more efficiently and develop methods to evaluate and sustain their efforts for positive social change.
We envisage Baithak as a practical space that provides content on topics such as how to write grant applications, how to build communication strategies, how collaborate with government, how to build a vision or a value proposition ( could you add some more here?).By using our own modest experience in the communications and social enterprise sectors, along with collecting the expertise of people far more knowledgeable than ourselves, we hope to provide useful, accessible content for those who are working to make the world a better place.
The original vision for Baithak as the name suggests in Hindi, grew out of building a space for dialogue to document stories, experiences and lessons of those who have worked and fought for human rights and social justice. The platform intended to reflect on the triumphs and struggles of these individuals , organisations and communities by providing a space for their stories to be acknowledged, shared and studied by those aspiring to work in a similar field. However, after extensively studying other platforms and websites, and recognizing the important and valuable work already being done in this regard, we realise that in order to attempt to create additional value for our audience, we would instead focus on supporting these very same individuals, organisations and groups by providing them content, tools and suggestions that will fuel the everyday running of their social enterprises or NGOs.
Baithak aims to be a democratised space for such discussions and in doing so, aspires to allow for new and fresh perspectives from persons young and old, experts and non- experts, risk takers and those more averse ( add some more?), to come on board and join the conversation. This will allow us to be able to create a forum that offers a plurality of opinions, debates and conversations, one that will make the learning environment for everyone much richer.
Martin Luther King once said that while he admired the Good Samaritan, who stopped on the way to Jericho to aid a beaten and starving man, this was only a preliminary intervention and he needed to do more. He argued that he did not want to spend his life helping people by the side of the road. He instead wanted to change the nature of Jericho road itself, so that no one would have to be hurt or go hungry. He thereby rallied those around him to build interventions aimed at fundamentally addressing the inequalities the plague and challenge us every day.
In a modest way, we hope to provide and learn from people invested in making a difference, a repository of information, tools and content, to transform their Jericho road, to be changemakers in the world, and to build their vision for a better future.
For this, we have launched Baithak. We hope you find it useful.
(Conor is Editor of Baithak and Siddharth is Founder of Justice Adda)