8 months ago I emailed Dr. Ernesto Sirolli after I have seen his TED talk on how to “Shut up and Listen.” He sent me a reply within 5 hours and the rest is history.
I remember clearly asking him where I can get to know his methodology and also when he might be in South Africa again. After that, I soon realized that a plan has to be set in motion to get him over here and teach this in Stellenbosch, and later South Africa. So that is what happened, with great help of some really passionate people, like my good friend Marius Louw.
I really don’t like our current career guidance system. It keeps me awake at night like a nightmare. It is a ‘once off’ excuse for putting people on their first step without students realizing that it’s only a FIRST STEP and I rarely feel that enough emphasis is being put on what a young person really feels passionate about. This is my quest to change South Africa’s career guidance system- as well as help young passionate entrepreneurs understand and use their potential, because at this stage, they are not.
So we got Ernesto over here and created a storm. It was emotional to say the least. It might be because Ernesto is Italian? It might be that we had numbed ourselves of the stories from our own neighborhood that needs healing? Or because we might all have been suffering from compassion fatigue for far to long?
During our week we had the chance to meet some wonderful people full of hope and anticipation for students and young passionate leaders:
First meeting in Cape Town with Pieter Klopper (Director Centre for Student Communities at University of Stellenbosch), Micko (second Enterprise Facilitator ever and taking his Land Cruiser around the WORLD!).
Me, Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, Professor Russel Botman (Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University), Marius Louw (SRC Community Intaraction), Brandon Como (FVZS Leadership Institute).
Meeting with Mayor Sidego.
From right, Dr Ernesto Sirolli of the Sirolli Institute, with Ms Alayne Reesberg, CEO of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, and Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University and Board Chairperson of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, at a breakfast briefing in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 24 April 2014. PICTURE: STEFAN ELS
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