Installment 15 of 15 – Andreas Widmer’s remarks at SECAM, Accra Ghana July 29. 2010 John Paul once said that knowing how to solve poverty and not doing so is tantamount to a moral failure The question is: What can you do as a single bishop, priest or church leader? I leave you with a few suggestions: Continue effective humanitarian aid; Demand economic development be done differently; Integrate the poor into networks of productivity & exchange; Promote trade not aid; Invest in local SME companies; Participate in or create an SME collateral fund. Thank you for listening, and allow me to reiterate that for The Church in Africa and everywhere: Prosperity comes from within!
Installment 14 of 15 – Andreas Widmer’s remarks at SECAM, Accra Ghana July 29. 2010 The bottom line is clear to me: The famous saying goes that it takes the government $3 to redistribute $1. Aid as a form of redistribution is also not an effective way to entice sustainable economic growth. But research has shown that one dollar of collateral guarantee can generate at least $2 in loans. Every dollar of a loan or an investment in a strong small or medium sized business generates $12 in the local economy. That means that one dollar of collateral can generate $24 in additional activity in the local economy. Only business loans and investments create the economic stimulation that we are all looking for.
Installment 13 of 15 – Andreas Widmer’s remarks at SECAM, Accra Ghana July 29. 2010 I’d like to propose to you a specific Idea for your diocese: It’s what I would call the Entrepreneurship Ministry Effort: It has 3 parts 1. Spiritual formation, guidance, counseling 2. Business expertise, planning, pitching, process (skill development) 3. Capital access through a system that provides qualified entrepreneurs collateral funds to receive loans from banks I would be happy to help you work out specific plans for your diocese if you come to see me while I’m here at the conference. We can also talk about various financial investment and loan models that I might help you create or provide you access to.
Carter Crockett is a leader in social entrepreneurship, both as a scholar and practitioner. As a marketer and entrepreneur among technology companies in Seattle, Carter developed concern for the social and moral impact of entrepreneurship. As a scholar and professor, his practical experience informed his teaching and research in the areas of social entrepreneurship and business ethics. As the co-founder of Karisimbi Partners, Carter now applies big/deep notions toward the building of promising ventures in Rwanda, where the needs are great, but the hope is greater. Karisimbi Partners picks up where microfinance leaves off, building an emerging economy, establishing industry clusters, strengthening communities and empowering visionary business people one company at a time. Carter lives with his wife, Kerry, and their two children in Kigali, Rwanda. What does “prosperity” mean to you? To be honest with you, prosperity means less to me now (at 40 years of age) than it did earlier in life. This is largely because of faith. While I do not believe prosperity and faith are necessarily opposing motivations, in my life it is clear my attempts to be faithful have generally had a singular effect: to afford me less prosperity (as commonly understood) than many suggest… Read more
Eagleton’s book has many sections that I’d love to post here, but this is a particularly good point that he makes: “Postmodernism is allergic to the idea of certainty, and makes a great deal of theoretical fuss over this rather modest everyday notion. As such, it is in some ways the flip side of fundamentalism… Some postmodern thought suspects that all certainty is authoritarian. It is nervous of people who sound passionately committed to what they say. In this, it represents among other things, an excessive reaction to fascism and Stalin-ism. The totalitarian politics of the twentieth century did not only launch an assault on truth in their own time; they also helped to undermine the idea of truth for future generations. The line between holding certain noxious kinds of belief, and holding strong beliefs at all, then becomes dangerously unclear. Conviction itself is condemned as dogmatic.” It’s striking to see how much our deeply held ideas about life have been shaped by historical events over half a century ago. As Bergson said, we can feel “the presence of the past” in every moment. But the best part of all of this is the fact that these anti-progress, anti-evolutionary, anti-conviction… Read more
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison Behance’s think-tank 99% tries to help people with ideas to make things happen. Hence their use of Edison’s motto mentioned above. Any entrepreneur can empathize with this: the idea is the easy part, in its implementation is where success or failure lurk around every corner. Their site has a wide selection of how-to and inspiring articles on the topic, and of course offers Behance’s products and services that target creative professionals. It’s all done in a very pleasant and useful manner. They also feature a book called “Making Ideas Happen,” by Behance Founder/CEO Scott Belsky, which (based on what I’ve read on the site and the press reviews) I will add to my reading list. Their team-blog is also a great source for inspiration and ideas.