Greetings! At Moneylife Foundation, one or our biggest strengths has been our ability to reach people inexpensively through social media. But unless plenty of you, especially our activist friends and associates in other NGOs and organisations are also on social media, how do all of us amplify our messages for a just and fair society?
With this in mind, we organized a workshop on mastering the basics of twitter this week, wonderfully conducted by Keya Madhvani Singh, Head, Entertainment at Twitter India, at the fabulous Saraswat Bank auditorium at their Mumbai head office. It was attended by activists from a wide spectrum of NGOs, concerned citizens, bankers and Moneylife members. As Keya pointed out, Twitter is the platform that people come to for news and information and hence the perfect medium for activists. What made the session even more interesting were the searching and thoughtful questions from the audience, which went on to enhance our understanding of how Twitter functions. Keya's depth of knowledge and simple explanations of seemingly complex concepts will most certainly prove to be beneficial to all those who attended.
If you missed the opportunity to attend the session, read about it here and also watch the video recording which will soon be posted to our YouTube Channel. I would suggest you sign on as a Moneylife Foundation member, so that you also get alerts from us on new events and videos.
We had DG Kale, retired CGM at RBI conduct another educational session on optimising one's financial borrowings. Mr Kale's wealth of knowledge and experience has truly been beneficial to our regular members, with him providing one to one guidance every alternate Saturday on matters of credit and banking. You can read about the session here and you can also watch the video of the session.
We also conducted a special RTI workshop for students at Balaji College of Law in Pune. This session was held by former CIC Shailesh Gandhi with RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar, and Moneylife Advisor and Author Vinita Deshmukh. Over 180 students from the college attended the session with the intention to learn more about the RTI act. We are always open to conducting such RTI sessions at your organisation at no cost to you. All we would require is access to your meeting hall or an auditorium for a seating for more than 100 people. Do feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with your suggestions or requests.
Additionally, on the financial literacy front, we conducted two major workshops at the Police Training Schools at Akola and Dhule. The programmes are supported by the Reserve Bank of India's Depositor Education and Protection Fund and several more are planned in the coming months.
We are planning for more interesting sessions in the month of March, on issues of Fire Safety and another on Contempt and Defamation in relation to recent matters of court in India. We feel that these sessions are of utmost importance to all of you and certainly hope that you would be interested in joining to learn more.
You will find a list of activities and programmes conducted in February below. Also, feel free to write to us if you have suggestions for other future workshops or want a repeat of any of those conducted earlier – if there is a lot of interest, we will surely arrange another session. Watch out for announcements in March by becoming a member and getting on to our mailing list.
15th March: "Do's & Don'ts of Fire Safety" -Adv. Bapoo Malcolm & Shivajirao Bagat Keeping in mind the recent slew of fire incidents in Mumbai due to "short circuits" or other electrical failures, Mr Bapoo Malcolm, practicing Advocate Bombay High Court, will educate citizens on fire safety. Mr Shivajirao Bagat from Civil Defence will also be joining the session to explain how to prevent fires and stay safe.
Venue: Moneylife Foundation's Knowledge Centre
30th March : "Contempt & Defamation: Two Legal Issues Every Journalist , Activist & Concerned Citizen Must Understand" - Sr. Counsel Mihir Desai These days it has become easy for almost anybody to be slapped with legal action for raising matter of public interest. Join this talk to learn about contempt and defamation in terms of Indian law from Sr. Counsel Mihir Desai. This session is being held in collaboration with International Legal Alliance and more such sessions are being planned for the future.
Venue: Moneylife Foundation's Knowledge Centre
1st & 2nd February: Financial Literacy Session for Police Training Schools - Akola & Dhule
Our Director-Projects, Yogesh Sapkale and former banker Abhay Datar conducted two separate financial literacy session for police trainees at Akola and Dhule. These sessions are conducted with the support of RBI's Depositor Education and Protection Fund.
2nd February: "How to Optimise Your Borrowings" - D G Kale
Retired CGM of RBI, D G Kale conducted a special seminar on how people can make the best of their financial situation by optimising their loans and credit cards. Read here
9th February: "Transforming the Urban Landscape while Retaining our Heritage" - Moneylife Foundation's 9th Anniversary
We had Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs for our 9th Anniversary Celebrations. In case you missed attending it, you can still read about it and watch the video of the event on our YouTube Channel.Read here
22nd February: "Right to Information: The Act & its Importance in Empowering Citizens" - Shailesh Gandhi, Vijay Kumbhar and Vinita Deshmukh
At Balaji College of Law in Pune, we conducted a half day RTI workshop with a trio of RTI experts for the benefit of law students. The session was well attended by more than 180 students and the teaching staff from all faculties.
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