ernesto sirolli

ernesto sirolli bw

intro’d to Ernesto here – as recommended by Moses:

Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

sept 2012

When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you’re trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.

Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70’s — and quickly realised how ineffective it was.

read dead aide..

small is beautiful – if people don’t wish to be helped.. leave them alone

only respond to people, a servant of local passion – shut up.. no agenda.. sit with people..

problem with meetings.. people don’t come

planning is this blind spot..

work one-on-one – new profession – family doctor of society

how do you do that… i do something very difficult.. i shut up and listen to them..

peter drucker.. died age 96.. prof of philosopy… planning is actually incompatable with an entrepreneurial society/economy.. planning is the kiss of death..


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sirolli institute

ceos for cities


africa 5