It just takes one.
One person, one community, one at a time. That’s all it takes to make a difference in the world.
Many of my clients want to feel they’re making more of a difference this time around. They want work that allows them to help others in some significant way. Some of them transfer their skills to nonprofits. Others start small businesses in their own communities or use their creative talents to inspire change in others.
Kind of like the 25 finalists in Encore Careers’ Launch Pad contest.
These 25 individuals saw problems in their communities and came up with ideas for addressing those problems.
- breaking the cycle of poverty on Native American reservations by creating youth entrepreneur training programs that honor cultural values,
- training retirees with corporate sales backgrounds to serve as fundraisers for nonprofits in their communities, and
- helping low-income people start new neighborhood businesses, thereby regenerating inner city neighborhoods that have been hit hard by the recession.
In this time of budget cuts and reductions in education, health care and social services, entrepreneurial ideas that involve strengthening our communities are more important than ever.
One person can make a difference.
Voting ends on February 25. Who will you vote for?