Is There A Right And A Wrong Way To Help Someone?

By NPR/TED Staff

October 18, 2013

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Haves And Have-Nots.

About Ernesto Sirolli's TEDTalk

When many aid workers hear about a problem, they get to work. But Ernesto Sirolli says that's naive and counterproductive. He argues that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help and tap into their entrepreneurial spirit.

About Ernesto Sirolli

Ernesto Sirolli is a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development. He is the founder of the Sirolli Institute, an international nonprofit organization that teaches community leaders how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community.

In 1985, he pioneered a unique economic development approach in Esperance, Western Australia. The project helped harness the passion, intelligence and resourcefulness of the local people.

The results of "The Esperance Experience" have prompted more than 250 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development.

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