Meera K has always wanted to do something that had a direct impact or could help make a difference at the local level.
As one of the co-founders of Citizen Matters, she hopes that this forum for citizen level debate and expression makes a positive difference to the city. She was formerly yet another manager at an IT firm, working at large corporates as well as startups, holding varied responsibilities in the product development space.
She is active in neighbourhood improvement initiatives and volunteers for projects related to transport, lake rejuvenation, organic kitchen gardening and solid waste management.
Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent believes that the original purpose of journalism is to provide information to citizens so that they may be free and self-governing.
He is one of the co-founders of Citizen Matters. He also a co-founded India Together, India’s national public affairs e-magazine. Subbu mentors journalists and editors, and teaches seminars at journalism schools from time to time.
Subbu was 2016 John S Knight fellow and visiting scholar at the Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research Institute, Stanford University.
Ashwin Mahesh is the co-founder of India Together, along with Subbu and a co-founder of Mapunity, a social-tech firm. He is also a former NASA scientist, social entrepreneur and Ashoka fellow. He was earlier the President of Loksatta Party Karnataka.
Ashwin is interested in public problem solving (PPS), and the contribution of media, technology, education and civics to the way social challenges can be addressed. His approach to PPS is along two fronts – one, to increase the number of people who know the nature and extent of our social problems (through public information platforms, and through media), and two, to increase the number of people who know what some of the solutions could be (through new learning platforms, especially for civic education).
The editorial leadership of Subbu, Meera and Ashwin have led journalists at India Together and Citizen Matters to an astounding 13 awards in 12 years. 4 awards for reporting in India Together (2004-2008), and 9 awards for the Citizen Matters team (2009-2016). For more on this, click here.