Let's create a better tomorrow
WHAT WE DO
India faces a multitude of problems from corruption and crony capitalism, to environmental degradation and erosion of human rights. We feel that all these issues are interlinked and are largely rooted in an inefficient and dysfunctional democracy. We have identified two fundamental problems that we wish to shift - firstly, a feeling of disempowerment among citizens which in turn leads to citizen apathy, and secondly, a lack of accountability among decision-makers.
Alongside these problems we see a key opportunity to address them: an unprecedented use of digital communication technology (web and mobile) by a rapidly growing number of citizens. This allows for rapid dissemination of information and the ability to coordinate and mobilise disparate groups of citizens to regularly hold leaders accountable using democratic process.
The unique value that Jhatkaa.org brings is the effective use of digital communication to engage and mobilise citizens at scale. Our focus is on movement building, using digital tools that make it easier for citizens to engage in democracy and hold decision-makers (both corporate and government) accountable to our vision. Jhatkaa.org wins campaigns by deploying a range of tactics. This includes, but is not limited to - petitions, public engagement, building volunteer movements, media engagement, mass phone calls and emails to public representatives, member-generated research and reportage of issues. We also use our expertise in creation of viral and culturally-relevant content to engage large numbers of citizens.
In the long-term we want to empower progressive citizens to take an active part in our democracy, and thus enable our vision of a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable India.
To use innovative technology and public mobilisation to build an active movement of progressive Indians who take action to affect change that would not be possible if they acted alone - holding government, corporate, and cultural leaders accountable to our vision.
We aim to create a progressive India - one that’s equitable, inclusive, and sustainable - built and maintained through the democratic power of an engaged citizenry.
HOW WE WORK
Identify demand and decision maker
What is the specific change and who has the power to make it
Mobilize citizens to take actions
From signing petitions, to calling decision-makers, joining events etc
Engage with decision-makers
Get them to understand the benefits of implementing the change
ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGNERS
Avijit Michael has worked at the intersection of campaigning and digital technology for the past decade. He worked with the team that pioneered online petitions and digital mobilisation in India with Greenpeace. He then worked at Change.org as Country Director to set up their India operations before moving to a role as Global Development Director where he built strategy for user engagement globally. He currently leads Jhatkaa.org, with a mission to build the tools that will enable citizen engagement in democracy and increase government accountability.
Divya has a background in public health and human rights. She has worked in the grassroots environmental and health issues for 10 years. At Jhatkaa.org she is the Campaigns Director and manages digital campaigns on air pollution & climate change, gender & sexuality and other social justice issues. She is based out of Bangalore, Karnataka.
Roshan is a Senior Campaigner at Jhatkaa.org. He is working on mobilizing the Maharashtra movement around Air Pollution and Climate Change. With a master’s degree in Computer Science and five and a half years of experience in the social sector, he focuses on innovative ways of digital campaigning. He is based out of Nashik, Maharashtra. He is also passionate about music and farming.
Noor is the Manager-Finance & Operations, one of the oldest employee in Jhatkaa.org. He has more than 17 years of experience in Accounting and Finance working in various NGOs across South India. Before joining Jhatkaa.org, Noor worked for various NGOs viz., R.D.T-Andhra Pradesh, Sangath-Goa, CHF Internationa, St.Johns Research Institute-Bangalore. He has a Masters in Commerce by Qualification.
Aparna is a management graduate with a specialisation in finance and has over a decade’s cross sectoral experience in banking and credit rating prior to joining Jhatkaa.org in 2017. She has worked in organizations such as ICICI Bank and Crisil Ratings in the areas encompassing corporate credit risk, operations risk and business development. She is currently Jhatkaa.org’s Director of operations.
Abhijit is the Lead Web Developer. He maintains our current technology and also helps in fixing occasional bugs. Abhijit has worked on various technology stacks, which includes Ruby, Python, Blockchain and Linux. He like to contribute to open source projects in his free time.
Rashmi is an Air Pollution and Climate Change Campaigner with Jhatkaa.org. With a background in journalism and experience of working in digital advertising, she aims to use innovative digital tactics to help increase awareness and action about climate change. She worked on several campaigns that include promoting cleaner fuel and saving forests. Through her work, she hopes to affect policy making and help mitigate the risks posed by climate change in rural India.
Chiku is a Senior Engagement Associate at Jhatkaa.org. He is a Hotel and Tourism Management graduate and is a great people person. He curates and runs events, and has been doing so as a coordinator and a volunteer since his college days. He believes in creating change through action, by connecting with people through on-ground and online activities. He has been a part of Comic-con Bangalore.
Mayukha understands the effective use of technology and its importance when it comes to innovation and delivery on a mission. Having worked with organisations such as Yahoo and AlienTT, she brings her experience in data science and architecture to her current role as Technical Director of Jhatkaa.org.
Naayan is an Air Pollution and Climate Change campaigner at Jhatkaa. He is passionate about increasing solar rooftop uptake among citizens and has created a toolkit that helps people start the process. He is also currently working on creating an online platform that encourages citizens to participate more actively in the solid waste management process in their neighbourhoods. Naayan is an engineer by degree and holds a keen interest in data science.
Dhrstadyumn believes in inclusive, organic, and decentralized Climate Action and Advocacy. His role as an Senior Engagement Associate is to help mobilize members to make their efforts meaningful.
His environmental-related background lies in his pan-India work with clean-ups and workshops at There Is No Earth B.