I have a chosen to shadow Charles Maisel for one reason - I think he is crazy. I have heard him talk on two occasions and both times he blew my mind with the oddness of his thoughts.
Also though, he has an enigmatic track-record as a social entrepreneur - or social artist, as he now calls himself.
He has successfully founded organisations that mostly with deal with unemployment, small business development & environmental issues.
Projects under his belt include:
Men on the Side of the Road
- which seeks to give unemployed men in South Africa a voice in the labour market and to assist them build a resume of skills to become more empolyable.
- which provides a full range of essential infrastructure to small businesses to partner with them for growth
The Broccoli Project
- this is his latest project that "is the rewards program for the poor - Providing NGO's with mobile and biometric technology. Giving funders & suppliers a secure, measurable & efficient way to offer food security and rewards that matter." according to the website. It allows users to create their own social project for a particular location and situation and then users each contribute small amounts to the project cost. The socialisation of social innovation!!!
I will be shadowing Charles by emailing him and calling him and bugging him to start a twitter account and to boost his online presence. It's about time people followed in his zany footsteps.