There has been a lot of talk recently about the influence of new media on the decentralization of corporate power and, in a similar manner, the increasing importance of individuals and small-scale movements in the global marketplace. What has not been extensively considered––although it frequently gets sited on a case to case basis––is the possibility of small-scale social entrepreneurship at the global level. David Bornstein, of the blog How to Change the World, gave a speech that addressed these issues with candor and integrity, discussing the various ways in which simple activity at the local level can provide real change to those without privileges, and likewise the way in which local institutions can create programs that would promote positive action without an inordinate effort on their part. The possibilities are broad and essentially endless: whether it’s being a writing coach, encouraging fair loaning practices in developing countries, or merely starting a business that chooses ethical action over pure number-crunching, individuals have enormous power to induce change in an increasingly plugged-in and transparent world. The speech is truly inspiring and should serve as a model to anyone who still believes positive change can occur at the global level.

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