Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Committing to Good

Greg Carr, dot com millionaire, has quietly and steadily invested his personal wealth into transforming countries slowly and surely. (photo source: Harvard Crimson)

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Good travels at a snail's pace. Those who want to do good are not selfish, they are not in a hurry, they know that to impregnate people with good requires a long time."

Last weekend, I saw this video (also embedded below) on 60 Minutes, a respected American news magazine program, that told the story of Greg Carr's dedication to lifting Mozambique out of poverty. He doesn't have impractical dreams. He is committed, and he is in it for the long haul. In all he has invested $40 million of his own money over 20 years to develop the Gorongosa National Park, and the people that survive on it for sustenance, by trucking in animals to rehabilitate the place and bring in tourists, as well as employing and training the villagers in the vicinity to protect and conserve. Along the way, Carr has learned some powerful lessons about doing good well which he shares in his interview. Its a beautiful and powerful story. If you can't see the video below or have low bandwidth, you can read a transcript of the story here.

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