Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

“We Western people are imperialist, colonialist missionaries, and there are only two ways we deal with people: We either patronize them, or we are paternalistic.” 

Ernesto Sirolli started his career in the 1970’s doing development work in Africa. In this Ted Talk he tells a few stories that are very relevant for sustainability practitioners today. His experiences may provoke you to reflect on how you interact with people in your organization and the communities in which it operates.