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The middle Road is a thought leader platform enabling social change and impact in the social and development sector, along with art and wellbeing. Podcasts feature leading social change enablers, business and social leaders, and policymakers within the social ecosystem. The website of the platform is https://themiddleroad.org/

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The middle Road is a thought leader platform enabling social change and impact in the social and development sector, along with art and wellbeing. Podcasts feature leading social change enablers, business and social leaders, and policymakers within the social ecosystem. The website of the platform is https://themiddleroad.org/

    Episode 31: The middle Road chats with Bhargav Sri Prakash

    Episode 31: The middle Road chats with Bhargav Sri Prakash

    Nishant Malhotra's riveting conversation with Bhargav Sri Prakash.  

    A brief about Bhargav Sri Prakash.  
    Bhargav is an alum of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is passionate about using technology to solve complex problems governing society. Bhargav is the recipient of the world’s first digital vaccine patent. He is the Founder & CEO of Friendslearn, a biotech and medical technology company and pioneer of neuropsychology-based digital vaccines to prevent lifestyle diseases. He has worked in collaborative roles in research with leading global research and think tank institutes. 
    Refer to the questions below. 
    Nishant Malhotra: Bhargav thanks for joining The middle Road for an informative conversation with regards to your work at Friendslearn. You received the patent for the world’s first digital vaccine. The digital vaccine uses technology to nudge people towards positive behaviour using a tool called neurocognitive training. Tell the audience about this wonderful invention. 
    ·         The vaccine was developed as part of Carnegie Mellon University’s digital vaccine project. Richard King Mellon Foundation awarded the grant for the digital vaccine project. Share the journey that brought you to the Carnegie Mellon University project. 
    ·         How impactful is your vaccine for adults? It’s easy to modulate the behaviour of children through games and neurocognitive training but tell us what kind of results have you achieved in altering the behaviour pattern for adults for the better. 
    ·         Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler have written about how nudging can be used in public policy for societal good. Although nudging is used for productive behaviour, Facebook has come under universal criticism for its adverse cognitive practices on Facebook customers. How do you think the cognitive field is going to evolve for the better as we advance? o How will practitioners of cognitive science respond to the growing concern from the society? 
    ·         Share an Aha Aha experience with the audience. I thank you and wish you the very best in your journey ahead
    I am Nishant Malhotra, Solo Founder of Middle Road OPC Pvt Ltd, a for-profit social impact startup enabling social change and impact within the global arena.  The middle Road is a SAAS-based global thought leader platform – that synergizes Media with EdTech to spread affordable quality higher education and thought leadership globally within the parlance of the social impact sector. 

    • 52 min
    Nishant Malhotra Chats about The middle Road Subscription Model

    Nishant Malhotra Chats about The middle Road Subscription Model

    In this special episode, Nishant Malhotra, Solo Founder of The middle Road platform and for-profit social impact startup Middle Road OPC Pvt Ltd, chats about various product offerings. The discussion is about various Online Courses offered by the thought leader platform The middle Road (www.themiddleroad.org) especially in impact evaluation, sustainable finance, economics etc. The middle Road platform recently moved into a subscription based model, listen to the various online courses, learn about Insights the flagship publication of the startup, guest feature, global bytes and much more.

    The middle Road (www.themiddleroad.org) is a SAAS-based global thought leader platform – that synergizes Media with EdTech to spread affordable quality higher education and thought leadership globally within the parlance of the social impact sector. Inspired by the seventeen sustainable development goals, The middle Road's mission is to make a holistic change within society. The startup promotes finance & economics, sustainable development, art, culture, and well-being supported by well-rounded and comprehensive online learning initiatives. Known for its intense and educative reads, insightful and informative podcasts, webinars and videos, and comprehensive online courses, the company is a refreshing change from any of its peers, youthful yet measured, enlightening yet lively, creative yet simplistic, thought-provoking, multifaceted, and instructional. Check out www.themiddleroad.org.  
     Insights are educational reads with about 2000 to 4000 research focussed scholarly reads many times with embedded videos on topics related to the mission of The middle Road.  These publications are integrated through podcasts and online courses to educate the audience on topics example developmental economics, sustainable finance, impact evaluation etc. There is a guest feature wherein guest authors can publish on the platform. Global bytes are terse posts that talk about the latest form the development sector or add on to the learning within the mission of The middle Road. 
    The startup recently started a subscription model to access online courses, publications, and selected reads of podcasts on The middle Road. Keep listening to podcasts from The middle Road. Subscribe and read on The middle Road to know more. Thank you listening to my latest podcast. Keep tuned to the latest from The middle Road, reach out to me at nishant@themiddleroad.org if you would like to a guest author and publish under Insights or Global Bytes or a podcast host. Further feel free to get in touch for queries or problems with subscription. 

    • 10 min
    Episode 30: The middle Road chats with Paola Cyment

    Episode 30: The middle Road chats with Paola Cyment

    Hello Everyone, very happy to introduce Paola Cyment, a senior project manager at Women in Migration Network, a nonprofit that promotes women’s human rights for all migration and development policy. Paola wears many hats professionally and has worked across many organizations and profiles within the international development sector. She is presently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has a master’s in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.  In today’s splendid discussion, I chat with Paola on many issues governing society including women's rights. Its good to watch the video interview along with the podcast, so you can visually watch the dashboard of the research work.  You Tube link here. 
     
    Hello, Paola great to have you for a podcast with The middle Road.
    Paola, you work in a fascinating country, Argentina. I am a diehard fan of Diego Maradona, Messi, and Argentina’s soccer team. Delighted to feature someone from the Argentina on The middle Road platform. 
    Paola, kindly discuss your present work at the Women in Migration Network. You are an advocate of women's human rights. Do share your views both globally and in Argentina on how women's rights are evolving. Are they getting better? 
    The situation for migrants has been very bad. Algeria expelled over 17,000 migrants last year mostly Sub-Saharan African, between January and October 10 last year, including hundreds of women and children and some registered asylum seekers. This continued even during COVID-19 lockdown, included violations of women’s dignity. 1 Women trafficking is increasing, according to human rights watch at alarming levels in some countries globally. On the other hand, Armenia ratified the Council of Europe’s Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“Lanzarote Convention”). 1
     
    I am Nishant Malhotra, Solo Founder of Middle Road OPC Pvt Ltd, a for-profit social impact startup enabling social change and impact within the global arena.  The middle Road is a SAAS-based global thought leader platform – that synergizes Media with EdTech to spread affordable quality higher education and thought leadership globally within the parlance of the social impact sector. 

    • 30 min
    Theory of Change Certification Course A Special Feature

    Theory of Change Certification Course A Special Feature

    The middle Road is proud to feature and showcase the Theory of Change Certification Course on the thought leader platform. This is a highly curated feature designed to promote the work of selected actors within the global social impact arena whose work lies within the mission of The middle Road. Nishant Malhotra, Sole Founder & CEO of the venture, reached out to Dr. Helene Clark to highlight the Theory of Change certification course offered by her nonprofit Center For Theory of Change.
    Refer to the podcast with Helene on Theory of Change. 

    • 22 min
    Episode 29: The middle Road chats with Simranpreet Singh Oberoi, Co-founder of Sanjhi Sikhiya Foundation

    Episode 29: The middle Road chats with Simranpreet Singh Oberoi, Co-founder of Sanjhi Sikhiya Foundation

    Welcome to another scintillating podcast with The middle Road, a global social impact platform. In today’s episode Nishant Malhotra, Sole Founder of The middle Road platform chats with Simranpreet Singh Oberoi, Co-Founder of an equitable educational driven nonprofit enabling social change and impact at the grassroots level within the Indian ecosystem. The middle Road is a thought leader startup, that fuses Media and EdTech for a measurable impact. The venture features research-driven publications & articles, online courses, videos & podcasts in a community-led model across diverse themes and topics. Simranpreet Singh Oberoi great to e-meet you for a video podcast to discuss your work and career transition within the development sector. Today’s discussion’s prime purpose is to share with the audience your story in enabling social change and impact within the primary public education system in the Punjab region in India through Sanjhi Sikhiya.
    Sanjhi Sikhiya is a platform that supports diverse development initiatives across Punjab. Sanjhi Sikhiya’s flagship initiative Punjab Youth Leaders Program (PYLP), a two-year leadership program aims to build a cadre of young leaders across Punjab to innovate and create systemic and sustainable solutions that address the pressing issues of Punjab.
     
    Q). Simran, how did your experience at various places and your education at Ashoka University prepare for your work at Sanjhi Sikhiya Foundation? I also had a chat with Anu Prasad here who played a fundamental role in setting up Ashoka University. 
    Q). You worked in diverse roles at various foundations including the present CSR work at Genpact. How did it enable and facilitate a transition as a cofounder of your present non-profit? Let’s begin with your Genpact experience and as a chief project officer at Shoshit Samadhan Kendra (SSK), what were your observations and learnings in schooling for children in the underserved  Musahar community. You wore multiple hats in this profile. Share your story. 
    Q). How did the idea of invigorating and educating the youth in the rural region of Punjab occur to you? The Indian primary education system needs an overhauling. 15% of the students in grade 8 could not read grade 2 text. India spent 3.8% of its GDP on education in 2019 compared to a Global average of 4.8% according to UNDP Human Development Report 2019. The figure for Nepal was 5.1%, US 5%, Finland 7.1% for 2019. Finland is a world leader in inventiveness in K12 education.
    Q): At present you are in 850 schools and plan to reach all the 12,000 primary schools in Punjab by 2025. What strategies are you looking to scale up your operation in terms of partnerships, community driven models etc. for a common social good?
    A more detailed version refer to The middle Road under Podcast section.  
      

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 28: Social Impact Special on Understanding Biodiversity

    Episode 28: Social Impact Special on Understanding Biodiversity

    Today, I (Nishant Malhotra - Sole Founder of The middle Road thought leader platform) will be covering a brief overview of the Biodiversity Ecosystem. In this educational video/podcast, you will know the origins of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the risks facing the global environment landscape, and the social and economic importance of nature-based systems. It's prudent to know about the Strategic Plan for biodiversity from 2011 to 2020 with a peek at the Global Status of Aichi Biodiversity Goals. The module focuses on the financial tools & metrics to achieve biodiversity goals with a brief overview of Sustainable Finance as an enabler.
     
     
    For the educational video and publication refer to the link here. 
     

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