The world is changing. And one way that it’s changing fast is that the likes of venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki are nowadays as engaged by making a difference as making money.
He says the most inspiring tale of entrepreneurship he’s heard in 2006 is not the one about a few young guys in a garage starting YouTube and making a billion dollars, but the story of a female entrepreneur in Afghanistan, who employs 260 women making leather goods.
For me, this story highlights many themes that are important:
- The power of the entrepreneurial spirit, especially compared to the way that many traditional charities and non-profits operate
- The shift in business consciousness, as more and more people are at least as interested in fulfillment and making a difference as making a pile of money
- The rise of global partnerships and the increasing solidarity between the rich and the poor
These are things to celebrate, take heart from, and work to expand.