Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

This is an interesting TED talk by Ernesto Sirolli (“Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!”) which captures the notion of capturing people’s passions and the idea of building on community resources. I don’t have quite as much faith in entrepreneurs as he does, but agree they can be a very important community resource.

From a community engagement point of view I love how his approach is to hang out where people hang out rather than expecting them to come to him.

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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5 Responses to Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

  1. This Site says:

    How are you, very good online site you’ve in here.


  2. really glad to hear someone at long last is writing and saying this.


  3. Frans S. Haafeni says:

    This is an interesting story by Ernesto Sirolli. His story in Zambia “the hipos’ destroying the garden” is an example for facilitators to learn from communities they are working with. I is interesting to hear hime saying “do not motivated or give anyone ideas, walk in the streets, sit at coffee shops” and if you like, help people.
    The story of New York city is also an interesting one.

    I enjoeyed listening to the video.


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