Gautam John is the CEO of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. Prior to this, he spent several years with the Akshara Foundation building the Karnataka Learning Partnership and at Pratham Books building their open source publishing model. Gautam also advises a number of organisations, including Pratham Books, Akshara Foundation, and Children’s Lovecastles Trust. He was a TED India Fellow in 2009. Before entering the nonprofit sector, he was an entrepreneur for six years. Gautam graduated from the National Law School of India University in 2002.
Articles by Gautam John
April 28, 2023
The power of building a community
For nonprofits to achieve scale, it is important to nurture a community around shared values. Building platforms that cultivate care, trust, and value for users can help.
January 4, 2021
Love, not log frames
Philanthropy needs an overhaul, from narrow illusions of control to promoting empathy and agency.
December 19, 2019
Developing our digital commons
As donors and changemakers, we have an obligation to ensure that the knowledge and resources we create are truly open and accessible to all, independent of our organisation or mission.
February 15, 2018
The power of pooling philanthropic funds
Deployed well, this form of funding offers multiple advantages. Here is a quick guide to understand the various options available and find the one that best matches your requirements.