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September 04, 2008



Here is another story like One Hen.

A man was walking along a beach when he saw a boy picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. The man asked the boy why he was doing this. The boy explained the starfish would die if left on the beach. The man asked the boy, "What difference will your efforts make when there are thousands of starfish on the beach?" The boy stopped and looked at the starfish he was holding, threw it in the ocean and said, "It will make a difference to this one."


Inspirational story for any one involved in any kind of Involved Program.

Microlending is a creative concept helping millions of people better their lives.

We in technology field can use many of our inventions to help eradicting poverty.


Kiva is an innovative way of using technology to help poor people. what caught my eye is that they have real time indicators about "impact this week."

In some organizations, they can't get indicator dashboard working accurately for years and lot of discussions. How can a non profit charity group can get their act together so well while we are struggling with many people involved?

any suggestions?

Lonnie Hurst

I find the question above by TM interesting because I see so many organizations that can't make decisions without reams of data to prove or not prove the direction being requested. Kiva and many other micro financial endeavors like most small business decisions are made on "gut instinct" with as much data as can be "reasonably" gathered. I do and have worked with many community organizations and that is the only way they survive but I see too many older companies stuck in the safe decision making state of "if I don't have the data I can't decide." Entrepreneurial spirit like leadership takes strenght of character which both Darko, his boss who sent him to college, and Milway all had -- they took a chance -- too bad more executives and managers don't have that ability or that risk-taking gene in them.

Vinita Parikh

So Milway who works for Bains Consultancy Group goes to a seminar about microfinance where Dr. Darko is the speaker. In addition to microfinance she learns about his life and writes a children's book.

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