Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Meet A Man Who Is Changing The World

IDE's Common Set of Beliefs:

  • Markets are a powerful force for fighting poverty.
  • The rural poor are customers, producers, and entrepreneurs, not charity recipients.
  • Development efforts will succeed by learning from the people needing help.
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship are key to sustainability.
  • Demand-driven, decentralized, private-sector led efforts succeed where others fail.
Paul Polak founded International Development Enterprises (IDE) in 1981 with the goal of fighting international rural poverty with profit. The non-profit group develops and markets low-cost, low-tech irrigation devices to small-plot farmers. Farmers can recover the cost of the device within one season while marginally boosting their income. Polak believes that charity is the worst way of handling the impoverished...that instead, they should be treated as customers and entrepreneurs.

Listen to more of what Paul Polak has to say about IDE and his innovative approach towards alleviating poverty when Paul Polak speaks to eClips.

Read more about Polak and IDE in the June 20, 2005 Forbes article entitled, Trickle-Up Economics.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Gunn-ing For The Best Designers

"The answer is not in the back of the book. It's only within you. How you solve the problem will have its own integrity, its own vision, and its own value."

- Timothy Gunn

Timothy Gunn is Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design and also "on-air mentor" to the designers in Bravo's reality series, Project Runway.

eClips was recently able to catch up to Gunn during his keynote address for the GlamourGals Foundation's fundrasier held at Parsons.

Interested in hearing more fascinating thoughts on art, design and life from Tim Gunn when he is "off" the Runway? Listen to Timothy Gunn's lecture in eClips.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A Winning Coach

"Successful people don't fail less often than unsuccessful people - in fact, they fail more often because they're more willing to take risks."

- Alisa Cohn, Executive Coach

Alisa Cohn was recently selected as one of the top 10 executive coaches in Boston.

Click here to read more about Alisa's coaching business.

Interested in hearing more from this winning coach? Check out the eClips interview with Alisa Cohn.