Feb 23, 2023
“What can we do to at least be part of a solution and not be getting stuck into the problem?” asks Paul Kronenberg. Paul is the co-founder and director of Braille Without Borders and Kanthari, an immersive training program that equips participants with everything they need to know to start and run effective, relevant social projects in their own communities. The Western World’s typical solution is to go into these other communities and try to change things with no real understanding or appreciation for the traditions and culture of the native people. Paul’s dream is to create a more ethical tomorrow by catalyzing others and giving them the tools they need to create sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to issues in their respective homelands.
When Western leaders go to other countries to make changes, they often just create more problems. This is because they are outsiders. They aren’t typically thinking about the needs, wants, or traditions of the native people when they propose their so-called ‘solutions.’ Instead, the solutions for any community should come from within its own members. They have more hands-on knowledge of local issues, in addition to having respect for and a full understanding of local traditions.
By choosing to be part of the solution, we can enact
sustainable global and local change. Tune into today’s episode of
Humanitarian Entrepreneur Podcast for a talk with special guest
Paul Kronenberg to learn more about how Kanthari is putting the
power for catalyzing change back into the hands of local community
“What can we do to at least be part of a solution and not be getting stuck into the problem?” (13:46-13:52 | Paul)
“Basically from day one, once their organization is registered, they could get going and create the impact that they actually want to see.” (14:47-14:52 | Paul)
“Ethics and morals is a big difference. And I think that what is missing in the current educational systems around the world, I would say, is that ethics is not to be seen, not to be found. We get a lot of rules and regulations, and they're all top down. Somebody decides on a rule, regulation that everybody has to obey, but why is the rule a good rule? And what is right and what's wrong?” (15:15-15:40 | Paul)
“The only reason why we're in India is that it's central in the world where people can come. They collect all the skills and tools and the methodologies, and then they go back and they start their own programs in their own native places.” (17:25-17:38 | Paul)
“We're learning with and from each other. We don't have teachers and students, we have participants and catalysts.” (19:21-19:25 | Paul)
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