Interview with Mr. Suman Shakya, co-founder of One Planet and Smart Pani, where he talks about Business Models on waters at HCS 2017.
The agenda of the HCS program is to design and create sustainable alternative solutions based on grass root and alternative efforts that are being developed. It aims to implement innovative solutions of social entrepreneurs into globally relevant models for environmentally enhanced economic development that applies Himalayan traditions towards contemporary challenges and priorities, and harmonizes the concerns of human communities, commercial enterprises, and the natural environment.
This session highlighted the importance of building a healthy relationship with the locals rather than using excessive military strength in order to resolve conflict. Further, it discussed human rights such as right to live peacefully and be equally treated. The importance of protecting cultural heritage sites during war, generating new employment opportunities and conducting educational dialogues to mitigate conflict was emphasized. The session was moderated by Laurence Brahm, Founder, Chair, Himalayan Consensus Institute.
This session underscored the importance of incorporating local knowledge to ensure sustainability of any business or project. Community empowerment follows social innovation only if local leaders are identified and directly and indirectly involved in those initiatives. The session also highlighted contemporary challenges to furthering such projects in local communities and potential solutions to them leveraging social and technological innovations. The growing significance of data usage in solving problems facing the world today was also discussed. This session was facilitated by Tze-wei Ng, Deputy Director for Asia, PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law.