Enabling Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) Entrepreneurs

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Enabling Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) Entrepreneurs
Brian Joosse, Project Manager, Canada

Micro credit organizations such as KIVA are enabling access to credit. It's a good start. Education institutions (now often profit driven) need to make the access to trade education as well as other marketable skills available, possibly through micro credit. In ones own company the contributions to micro credit organizations could be matched. Such a great task requires many innovative solutions. Consider the industrial revolution, how where skills developed to meet the needs?

BOP and Youth
Bob Sutton, Other, Guatemala
I recently introduced social enterprise concepts to a rural youth group and no surprise they were keen and willing to work hard to advance a new enterprise. The BOP opportunities are very real... But creativity, cultural sensitivity and a kick-start are needed. The foundation skills for business are also often weak... But the skills can be developed "hands-on" with real and lasting benefits for all concerned!

Industrial Revolution?
Julie Johnston, Teacher, Canada
How were skills developed to meet the needs of the industrial revolution? Children were taken away from their families and the land and stuck in prison-like schools for several hours per day. Let's try to ensure we don't gravitate toward that model... Especially while "21st century learning" is getting away from it!



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