Last week I travelled with a small team of EO members on a whirlwind 5 day tour of four key Brazilian cities, with a goal to engage local communities to help support entrepreneurship. Currently, Brazil is experiencing difficult economic times and the opportunity to connect, listen and share experiences with young entrepreneurs who are fearlessly entering the world of business is important.
In one of the cities, we met with Alfredo Junior, founder of the appropriately named Impact Hub in Recife, one of several companies instrumental in reviving its historic old town section, as part of Recife's Porto Digital initiative.
I asked Alfredo to share his thoughts about why he chose to be part of an initiative that drives change in his community and what differences can entrepreneurs make when they work in sync with their local governments.
Here's what he shared:
" I believe we are living a unique time in history. We are the final generation to remember what humanity was before instant connectivity and the first to comprehend what humanity could be as a result of it.
Technology has provided us with the infrastructure required to build genuinely interactive, multi-jurisdictional communities based on values and ambition without the conventional nationalistic constraints of ethnicity, heritage and geography. This is a time of great change, a time of great hope and we need to build for a time of great need. As members of this community, our today will influence many tomorrows. We must now decide what that tomorrow will look like, and in my tomorrow EO Recife is present!
That's why I'm even more excited about next year than last year. The first years were about bootstrapping this network. Now we have the resources to help people across the world solve even bigger and more important problems. I see the need to take this step together. To empower and trust each other to build new social infrastructures required to make significant shifts both locally and globally.
I feel a deep responsibility to make the most of my time as a member of this community and serve the network the best I can. And that’s why I’m willing to go ALL IN, whatever it takes to make it happen!"
As this generation of entrepreneurs start their leadership journey, it is indeed inspiring to witness the level of responsibility they are claiming in order to fill a void that has be left by those who tried before them.
Where can you have the greatest impact at a local level?
Jamie is the founder of Life Work Integration, a process that integrates passion with purpose and vision. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org & via twitter @jdouraghy