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Social Entrepreneurs - the panacea for the poorest on our planet

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Social Entrepreneurs - the panacea for the poorest on our planet: a public lecture by John O' Shea, Founder and former CEO of GOAL

A single individual, blessed with passion, integrity of purpose, a fierce determination to succeed and persuasive powers can, I am convinced, make a meaningful contribution in the on-going battle against abject poverty and deprivation in the Forgotten World

History is littered with stories of the Herculean achievements of individuals who would not take no for an answer in their relentless quest to ensure that the principle of human rights for all was a reality and not simply an aspiration. Are we not all inspired today by the heroic actions and extraordinary courage of teenage Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai?

That the international community has failed miserably in its moral obligation to care for and love the poorest, the most neglected and needy people on our planet, is not in dispute. The downtrodden, the rejected, the hungry - those deprived of the very basic necessities of life - have been treated by their fellow man in a brutal and indifferent fashion, since records were first established.

Thankfully, a small army of individuals from diverse backgrounds, were not prepared to sit back and allow the unwanted and the forgotten to be totally ignored. In a variety of innovative measures these remarkable people saw it as their mission to ensure that as many as possible of the millions who are denied the chance to live their lives to the fullest, get that opportunity.

Victor Hugo famously said that there was one thing more powerful than the strongest army on the planet… an idea whose time has arrived.

The time for social entrepreneurs to assert themselves is NOW.

John O'Shea: In 1977, sports journalist John O’Shea interrupted a successful media career to turn his attention to helping the group of people, referred to by Saint Teresa of Calcutta as the “Poorest of the Poor” and found that he had a talent for this endeavour. Now after a 35 year stint and having helped raise in excess of $1 billion, he believes the time is opportune to share his motivational stories with others, in the hope of inspiring another generation to take up the challenge of alleviating the suffering of the forgotten on our planet

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