Those stories need to be told, and they are being told on Social Edge right now. These returned Peace Corps volunteers can be models for how one individual can make a significant contribution to society. They are true heroes.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 10, 2007
Social Edge and the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) have collaborated to produce a weekly series of downloadable audio interviews in which former Peace Corps volunteers tell about their lives as social entrepreneurs.
The downloadable audio profiles, along with background information on each entrepreneur, are available at http://www.socialedge.org/features/peace-corps-entrepreneurs. The free podcasts are also available on iTunes at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=251763752.
"These are amazing and inspirational stories of how individuals use the Peace Corps experience to develop the skills, habits and aptitude to be effective agents for positive social change," says NPCA President Kevin Quigley. "These Peace Corps entrepreneurs exemplify what our community is fundamentally about--innovation leading to change that makes a difference."
The audio interviews average around ten minutes running time.
- Melanie Edwards, Peace Corps volunteer in Togo (1985-87). Melanie is CEO of social venture MobileMetrix. She worked for J.P. Morgan, International Data Group (IDG), and previously launched the Global Technology Corps (a "digital Peace Corps") and the United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS).
- Florence Reed, Peace Corps volunteer in Panama (1991-93). Florence was the Latin America Program Coordinator for Trees for the Future before founding Sustainable Harvest International, where she helps subsistence farmers in Central America shift from slash-and-burn agriculture to sustainable farming.
- Ken Lehman, Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala (1966-68). Ken worked with the national staff of the Corps in Washington until 1971. He is now chairman of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit helping organizations become great places to work, and managing partner of KKP Group.
- Jessica Shortall, Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan (2000-01). Jessica is the Founder of Catalyst Strategy Advisors in London, where she advises businesses on how to operate for the social good while making a profit. She previously founded The Campus Kitchens Project in the United States.
Social Edge, a program of the Skoll Foundation, is a global online community where tens of thousands of social entrepreneurs and other practitioners in the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share best practices. Social Edge targets social entrepreneurs with limited access to other local resources due to the nature of their work or their location (developing countries or rural areas). Social Edge was intrigued to explore the thread of social entrepreneurship that is woven through generations of former Peace Corps volunteers.
"They're not well known, but they are having a huge impact," says Victor d'Allant, Executive Director of Social Edge. "Those stories need to be told, and they are being told on Social Edge right now. These returned Peace Corps volunteers can be models for how one individual can make a significant contribution to society. They are true heroes."
NPCA has a strong commitment to highlighting the lifelong value of Peace Corps service and the ongoing contributions of our community. Since the Peace Corps was founded 46 years ago, over 187,000 Americans have served as volunteers in 139 countries. For many, the Peace Corps experience has been the catalyst for lives spent accepting challenges, taking risks and embracing change in their careers and in their communities. NPCA welcomed the opportunity to introduce these stories to a wider audience.
For additional information on Peace Corps Entrepreneurs on the Edge, contact Erica Burman or visit http://www.socialedge.org/features/peace-corps-entrepreneurs.
About the National Peace Corps Association:
The National Peace Corps Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization connecting, informing and engaging returned Peace Corps volunteers, former Peace Corps staff and friends of Peace Corps committed to fostering peace through service, education and advocacy. The NPCA network also includes over 135 affiliate groups across the U.S. For more information visit http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org
About Social Edge:
Social Edge is a program of the Skoll Foundation that was inspired by Jeff Skoll's commitment to connecting people with shared passions. Social Edge is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share best practices. For more information visit http://www.socialedge.org/