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Before I finished reading the mission, I already knew who I was going to choose—Matt Flannery.

Matt is one of the cofounders of Kiva, a microlending/microcredit site. Kiva is one of the groups that really kicked off the microlending craze, at least on the internet, and his company has improved numerous lives for the better.

Why did I choose him? It goes back to my last blog post about simplicity. Microlending is one of those simple little innovations that have so much effect. There's nothing really simpler; it's really easy to lend out a few dollars here and there. That simple and easy act can do so much, though. It's something we should all strive for.

Twitter: twitter.com/mattflannery

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Comment by Ronald Kasendwa on February 11, 2010 at 8:45pm

I must say that Matt Flannery is just off the hook. He is actually my new secret role model – but am going to go around the web searching for my own model to shadow. I believe there are more like him out there.

Am so impressed with the work Kiva has done for developing countries; especially for my own, Uganda. I followed the link that you provided in your post and was very surprised to find it subjecting around Uganda. I have also watched the video “Uganda – A little goes a long way” that is on the web site and… am actually lost of words!

Matt and his colleagues have really challenged me with their very simple idea. When I read through the article on their web site, Kiva, I noted that Matt and the colleagues did not start up with lots of resources. It was actually the strength of the idea that helped them create the social change. What does this signal to the EVOKE network?
Comment by Nathaniel Fruchter on February 12, 2010 at 2:27am
A great point—a good idea will always find its way off the ground, even if you're lacking a little extra money. Where there's a will, there's a way, especially with social innovation.
Comment by Ken Eklund on February 20, 2010 at 6:24am
I like Ronald's observation about how Kiva didn't start with lots of resources, and his question of "What does this signal to the EVOKE network?" I think we need to dig deeper to figure out how he made Kiva go even with few resources. I imagine there are plenty of great ideas that we never see because the people who thought them did not have whatever Matt has? Is the secret ingredient courage, or perseverance, or ????


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