How to change the world

I’m reading David Bornstein’s How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. It profiles 20 or so social entrepreneurs and outlines trends and history of social entrepreneurship. I have a certain feeling of gestalt today – reading about citizen sector on 4th of July while enjoying the fruits, literally, of my labor from my veggie garden.

Just finished reading about Gloria De Souza of the organization Parisar Asha. Here’s a quote that struck me:

There was nothing particularly novel about environmental education. The approach was well established in the United States, Canada, and Europe. … His (Ashoka’s) interest was not just in de Souza’s teaching ideas, but her ability to adapt them to India’s specific circumstances–then market them.

Here’s a bumper sticker for you: Ideas are just as good as their ability to spread.