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SHUT UP and LISTEN with Dr Ernesto Sirolli (Webinar)

September 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – £15.00

Come and join World Renowned Enterprise Facilitator, Author and Speaker  Dr Ernesto Sirolli for an inspirational and captivating evening of community focused discussion.

We are delighted to be working with Ernesto and the Sirolli Institute again at a critical time for economies and businesses.   Ernesto Sirolli has spent 30 years helping people find the resources they need to start businesses and make them thrive.  Covid-19 presented challenges to Ernesto and the communities they support around the world but it also created opportunities.  Ernesto will share his thoughts on how business will evolve as a direct result of the pandemic.  An expert in his field, having trained a team that have been instrumental in launching more than 40,000 enterprises in 250 communities and 25 countries.

How?… By “Shutting up and Listening” essentially creating enterprise facilitation as a framework to support people from the bottom up!

Challenging Entrepreneurs to Succeed

The story of Sirolli’s experiences in Africa is told in his book, Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies (New Society Publishers, 1999).

Ripples offers three essential messages about economic development.

  • First, all effective development ideas need to come from local people rather than “experts,” no matter how well-meaning or informed these experts might be.
  • Second, most efforts to motivate people are fruitless; rather, those trying to help local enterprise must wait until entrepreneurs ask for help, then connect them with the resources they need.
  • Third, entrepreneurs should never be encouraged to act in isolation on their dreams, because doing so will increase their chances of failure and cause them to question their own capacities.

Enterprise Facilitators (EFs)

These are individuals who work in the community whose sole mission is to help entrepreneurs identify and find needed resources.  He has trained about 185 EFs, located around the world.

Sirolli believes that enterprise facilitators will always have an advantage over planners and development boards because they avoid over-investment and don’t choose which projects to support. Instead, they help people identify what is standing in the way of turning their dreams into businesses so they can move forward.


Register now to reserve your space, you will be sent joining details closer to the event.


September 3, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – £15.00
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