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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.

Black Umbrellas - 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.

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Comment by Ronald Kasendwa on February 21, 2010 at 9:03am
Charles Maisel has really done a lot in helping out the people from South Africa. In my view, he has managed to create that great impact in his society because he "understand the challenges and problems of the people in society."

I picked a lot of interest in "Men on the Side of the Road" project. What this project project does is the way to go - helping people find and maintain long term, sustainable employment is one of the greatest ideas that can help fight poverty in the world. It is also very interesting that the service is free to the public; otherwise the marginalized, who are even the project's target group, would fail to access it.

Thanks for providing the links to his projects, Batwanda!
Comment by Bruce Haynes on March 4, 2010 at 10:17am
I LOVE this post! I have given a power vote for CREATIVITY because it IS often the crazy ones who change the world.. check out this youtube vid paying homage to individuals like Charle Maisel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No1MxAnHuJM
Comment by Starling on March 7, 2010 at 2:33pm
Awesom! Thanks for writing about this guy.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 8, 2010 at 8:20pm
That is too cool! Food Security is so poorly understood, after working for a huge multinational food distributor I've decided the best thing to do is just restore the earth myself and start saving seeds as well. If enough of us do that (and it takes leaders like Mr. Maisel to spread the word), we just might be able to withstand the coming storm.
Comment by Rendani Mulaudzi on March 8, 2010 at 8:45pm
+1Spark - my light bulb just came on;had a eureka moment.
Comment by bakshi asuman on March 9, 2010 at 8:16am
so gooood
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 10, 2010 at 9:28am
Just wondering if you managed to get a reply from him. I would love to hear his response! +1 courage for reaching out to him!


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