The Change Masters

2005 came uneventfully… or, eventfully with the tragedy of South East Asia tsunami, which claimed more than 150,000 lives. My heart goes to those who suffered such an immense loss and the souls that passed on to the next realm…

After a heavenly vacation in Hawaii, it’s hard to believe that another year has slipped away, and a new year is coming…

Back to reality. Don’t feel like to get into work yet, I grabbed the January 2005 issue of Fast Company on the coffee table. The article “The Change Masters” attracted my attention. “How long has it been since you were surprised by hope? As you browsed the morning newspaper, when did you last feel a sense that the world was becoming a better place?” I am surprised by hope! Fast Company devoted a special section for “Social Capitalist Awards” to honor those social enterpreneurs that are relentlessly trying to make the world a better place.

Another article, “A Lever Long Enough to Move the World,” tells the story of social visionary Bill Drayton and how he started Ashoka 25 years ago. Ashoka seeks out social entrepreneurs with enormous ideas — solutions of such ambition and force that they cannot be denied. Its mission is to develop social entrepreneurship around the world.

Another article worth mentioning is “A New Path to Profit.” It’s an interview with C. K. Prahalad – professor at University of Michigan and author of “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.” Professor Prahalad’s book shows how multi-national corporations can serve the market of 4 billion people who are at the bottom of the pyramid.

Now, it’s time to get ready for a new and better year!

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