Listen…. The Way To Get Sustainable Economic Development: Ernesto Sirolli

Listen…. Before You Ever Manage To Get Sustainable Economic Development

Published on Sep 18, 2012
Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70’s — and quickly realised how ineffective it was. In this funny, challenging and passionate talk, Ernesto shares his deep insights into sustainable economic development, and how entrepreneurs can be truly supported to live their passions.

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The new victorians: the millennial revolution – Ernesto Sirolli

Published on Aug 20, 2015
When Ernesto Sirolli’s first TEDx talk, “Shut up and listen,” appeared on the front page of, he was surprised the effect his talk–outlining his own mistakes during his work in international development–had upon on a new generation, the millennials. He discovered that, like the Victorians more than a century ago, this generation promises to forever change the world as we know it. In this talk, Sirolli discusses this promise and how we can empower and support these “New Victorians.”

Ernesto Sirolli is a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development and is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, an international non-profit organization that teaches community leaders how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community. The Institute is now training communities in the USA, Canada, Australia, England and Scotland.

In 1985, he pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people. The striking results of “The Esperance Experience” have prompted more than 250 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise Facilitation® model pioneered in Esperance.

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