when i was amongst the poorest of the poor that i found in a very poor community of Tandag in rural, remote Mindanao in the Republic of the Philippines almost 30 years ago… i tried the best i could to help… because those rural filipinos only could “afford” to give me their HEARTS because, otherwise, they barely could afford the tattered shirts on their backs. i learned to love them because all they could do was to love me … they essentially could only “give” what they had to share. and, they invariably told me essentially that they knew their lives would be short and somewhat harsh, so they implored me to try to help someone else instead. i guess that must be the TRUE spirit of life, not only that of Gawad Kalinga… and the true spirit of humanity, not just that of the filipinos…..
Flashback to three weeks ago. I received a letter from the Filipino Channel asking if they could visit the farm in Santa Cruz where I apprentice. They were interested in showing Adobo Nation viewers what a sustainable farm could look like. Would I be willing? Siyempre!
I’ve been fortunate enough over the last few months to design, recruit and deliver a social franchising programme for SSE, called Scaling to Success. It was aimed at social entrepreneurs and social enterprise leaders who had a proven model and were seeking to replicate it: and looking at a franchise-type approach to that replication. It was not “franchise is the answer” but more “a practical look at replication through the lens of franchising”; and the outcomes will hopefully also be very practical and implementable.
Senator Chris Dodd's Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act calls for an assessment of a number of key Peace Corps operations, to be followed by a strategic plan which includes one and five year benchmarks. The issues and ideas contained in S. 1382 are among the many that are generating conversation throughout the Peace Corps community.
I believe in recognizing the names and faces of the hands that made the products I enjoy. I want to know that the products that enrich my lifestyle also enrich and empower the lives of the community artisans who make them.
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Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Republic of the Philippines 1979-1980;Financial Management training Program [FMP], G.E., Appliance Park, Louisville, Kentucky 1981-1982Attorney, Los Angeles, CA 1989-1995Disabiility Rights Attorney, www.NDALC.org, Las Vegas 1998-1999Immigration Asylum Attorney, throughout the State of Kansas 1999-2001Supply Logistics Specialist, UPS Las Vegas, 2006- presentwww.linkedin.com/pub/rick-passo/16/5b8/487www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Passo/100000501040244