I know of a brilliant social entrepreneur in South Africa who has really done, and continues to do, some great work. His name is Taddy Bletcher. He founded CIDA http://www.cida.co.za
which is a free university in Jo'burg. Quite something when you think about it. It is an amazing story how it started and has gone on to be extremely successful. To reduce the costs the students help to do the work of running the campus and operations. He has persisted with it for years, so he deserves the success that he has had with it.
I will ask Taddy to be my mentor, and guide me on with my understanding of Africa (probably by sending him an email to introduce him to the Urgent Evoke concept).
The social entrepreneurial work that he has also extended to a business venture http://www.invincibleoutsourcing.org
which is an outsourcing venture that I am keen to know more about. He has also established this safari park called Ezemvelo Nature Reserve http://www.ezemvelo.co.za
. Which from this perspective looks really great (the music is playing in the background because the site is open). Anyhow more about Taddy later.
I guess another mentor is my father, who used to live in Nairobi as a boy. We grew up with a little bit of Africa in our lives. Stories of growing up at the end of the colonial era... sailing, speaking Swahili, the Hemingway lifestyle of my Grandparents, his relationship with the Kenyans who he loved. Our gardens always looked like part of Africa as I grew up - and seems to have rubbed off on my garden as well... Kentias, Cocos palms, travelers palms, ferns, etc. you get the idea. I digress.