Bhubaneswar: YES We Can is a volunteer organization that is on a mission to make Odisha a developed state by 2036 when it completes 100 years. Their Vision is “A developed Odisha in India with people’s participation, augmenting confidence and cooperation”, “Establishment of a knowledge based support system, with strong network between all the stakeholders and facilitation of appropriate development initiatives.” YES We Can works to identify, nurture and scale up change agents to help enhance their effectiveness and impact by providing them with necessary resources, mentors, skills and network. They bring the Change agents, Civil Society and Corporate world together towards making a better Odisha, in a better India. YES We Can has identified and profiled the exemplary work by 100 change agents of Odisha by releasing two books. Two events on “Be the Change”, recognizing the said change agents have happened earlier in the year. The 3C Model of Development Conclave YES We Can held a two day Conclave in Bhubaneswar on 21st and 22nd October 2017 to support the 100 change agents of Odisha, who have been identified and profiled in both print and digital media, for scaling up their best practices and bringing the corporate world closer to the impactful work being done. The Conclave was an effort to bring the Corporate World, Civil Society and Change Agents together on a single platform and then help the Change Agents scale up their impact. The Conclave had intensive workshops to help build skills and knowledge in the Change Agents to help them have better impact. Inaugural Session with Shri Dharmendra Pradhan The highlight of the event was the inaugural session. It was graced by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill and Entrepreneurship Development, Government of India, Shri Abhijit Pati, CEO, Aluminium and Power, Vedanta Limited, Shri Bijay Sahoo, Chairman Advisory Board, YES We Can and Group President - Strategic HR, Reliance Industries Limited, Shri Sisir Sahoo, Founder, Yes We Can and Prof. Surya Mishra, Convenor, 3C Model of Development Conclave, YES We Can. 1 Honourable Minister Sri Dharmendra Pradhan thanked YES We Can for taking such an initiative. He talked about Odisha’s history there are many people starting from Dharmapada and his clan, to Pandit Gopabandhu Das, to Sri Madhusudhan Das, who voluntarily took the Odia society to new levels. These are the examples of voluntary service and the thought of development of Odisha. The voluntary service is inbuilt, and it didn’t come from any kind of practice. Just we need a slightest of spark and there will never be any delay in turning the spark into a fire. He gave example of a young Odia running his own business in Almaty, Kazakhstan that shows the resilient, resourceful yet humble nature of Odias. Mr. Abhijit Pati thanked YES We Can for bringing such a powerful concept to change the entire paradigm for development. He said to bring about change there should be an eye to see and a heart to feel, which is embedded in this organisation. He reaffirmed his commitment on behalf of the corporate community to bring about change in Odisha and make it the best. Sri Bijay Sahoo, talked about Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das, Pathani Samanta, and Madhusudhan Das and how they combined science, service and spirituality. This is the 10th month of YES We Can and for sustainability we need spirituality with confidence, commitment and inspiration. With all governmental schemes we need to work together with people from both central & state government ministries to help us. Responsible Corporate Practices Book Launch A volume on Responsible Corporate Practices, chronicling the achievements of the top 10 Corporate CSR spenders, as measured by the Government of Odisha, was released by the honourable Minister. This is a first step to recognize the good work being done by Corporates in the state. The volume was edited and compiled by Dr. Anita Sabat. the first person to do PhD in CSR from Odisha. A volume on up-scaling Change Agents was also revealed during the session. Twelve out of the hundred Change Agents have been identified by a jury of eminent people like Sri Anil Bhat, Former DGM, Nalco, Smt. Pragyan Bharati, Former India Director, Global Footprint Network and Shri Debasish Mohapatra, Director and CEO Verve Consulting with support from Prof. D V Ramana of XIMB. These change agents will be prioritised for up-scaling through research and corporate support. Mentoring Session by Dr. Subroto Bagchi The mentoring session by Dr. Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority, focused on how a change agent can maximise their impact given their platform and their purpose. He primarily stressed on how an individual can build his platform based on 6 attributes such as education, skills, family, profession, health and wealth. These parameters define the actual self of an individual. The mixture of these factors is interlinked and determine the value systems of an individual. But Platform is not everything that can shape a person for future, it is just a pillar on which the individual can rest upon to grow professionally as well as personally. Purpose is the other dimension that defines the impact of an individual. It was an engaging and informative session in the signature style of Dr. Bagchi. Selected Change Agents presentation and Response by Corporate Shri Ranjan Mohapatra, represented Shristi and highlighted the work they have done in agriculture, self-help groups, farmer co-operatives and Vana Surakshya Samitis. Mr Neelendu Chatterjee from JSPL responded to the good work by wholesomely praising the efforts and emphasizing on the need for value addition. Ms. Anandini Padhi represented, SEHADA and shared her story in the small town of Brajrajnagar in the district of Jharsuguda. They work with women who were a victim of domestic violence. At present 5000 women are associated with this NGO. Ms. Alka Minj from Vedanta praised the work done by Anandini Padhi & she advised to spread this beyond the boundaries of the block. Smt. Naranga Pujari shared the condition of women and sanitation in Semiliguda of Koraput district. Sri Siba Mahapatra from Utkal Alumina praised her work of building toilets and inculcating the clean sanitation habits. 2 Shri Jitendra Sahoo an Innovator and inventor who works with Nalco Worker Angul shared his innovation journey. He has innovated a helmet that makes the rider to wear it or else his vehicle won’t start. Facilities for lab and components were immediately offered to him by members of corporate and academia. Ms Sabarmatee, representing Sambhav, shared her story of working with farmers, and women empowerment. They have been able to get whole high schools take a pledge to abolish underage marriage and maintain sanitation. Shri Ambika Prasad Nanda representing TATA Steel, responded by identifying various stages and various equipment’s required to integrate better and collaborate more in better utilization of resource. He also referred to the concept of Social business. MOU with SDRC An MOU was signed between Yes We Can and Siddha Development Research Consultancy to conduct gap analysis research and then come up with an action plan to scale up the impact by the 12 chosen Change Agents. Mr. Ratnakar Panigrahi, CEO of SDRC and Shri Sisir Sahoo, Founder, Yes We Can signed the MOU. Workshops A series of parallel workshops was held to build specific skills and orientation in the change agents and volunteers associated with Yes We Can. Workshop on Ethics, Integrity and Governance was taken by Shri Prafulla Kumar Sahoo, Chairman CYSD. A special session on impact measurement was conducted by Shri Pratyush Panda, Head CSR, ACC Limited to help change agents quantify their work. A workshop on resource mobilization was conducted by Shri Laxmidhara Swain and Shri Goutam Aryabhushan. This was followed by a workshopcum-technical session by Shri Ratnakar Panigrahi and Smt. Ranjana Pandey Panigrahi from SDRC on technology adoption and increasing productivity. Zonal and divisional volunteer meetings of Yes We Can were held, where volunteers from 30 districts of Odisha discussed the way forward along with motivational sessions by Shri Madhusudan Das, Smt. Jayashree Mohanty, Ms. Babuni Sahoo, Shri Pratyush Panda and Shri Sisir Sahoo. Valedictory The valedictory session was attended by Shri Arun Kumar Mishra, Vice President (Gopalpur Project) and MD(Tata Steel SEZ) at Tata Steel, Dr. R K Mishra, Retired Bureaucrat, Shri Pratyush Panda, Head CSR, ACC Limited, Shri Sisir Sahoo, Dr. Anita Sabat and Prof. Surya Mishra from YES We Can. Shri Sisir Sahoo, founder, and CEO of YES WE CAN was first called to convey his feelings about the conclave. He told about the MOU signed between YES We Can and Siddha Development Research & Consultancy (SDRC) to upskill the changing agents with an increase in the impact of the processes, planning of project implementation. He declared about the launching of a web portal on 23rd Jan 2018. He also declared that YES We Can will initiate an University name “Be the Change” on 23rd January 2019 headquarter at Sambalpur. The courses offered were LEADERSHIP Program, Voluntarism, and Entrepreneurism. By 2026 the aim is to visit 314 blocks and 106 urban bodies, from where around 10000 entrepreneurs are to be searched for. Shri Arun Misra, Vice President (Gopalpur Project) and MD (Tata Steel SEZ) at Tata Steel discussed the Tribal Conclave initiated by TATA STEEL, which has started to bring on all the tribal peoples together so as to implement all the tribal projects. Within a short span of 3 years, the conclave became an international level. Shri Pratyush Panda spoke about bringing the quality and quantity together. Dr. R K Mishra talked about how to work with the government for bringing change.