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Gen-Y comes through, again. . . and makes light of darkness

Posted in Australasia, Leadership, Personal Effectiveness

Pollinate Energy a small social enterprise start-up and brainchild of a group of young Gen-Y Aussies has found a way to get inexpensive light into tens of thousands of Indian homes. Visit www.pollinateenergy.org.

Remembering back to when I helped run large law firms I recall how impressed we often were with the energy, enthusiasm and good ideas that came out of our young people, especially when it related to helping others. We’d heard all the stories and media reports of the so-called ‘me’ or ‘my’ generations but in practice found the opposite was generally true.

On this theme, some months back I posted an article about the things we learn from young people (involving my son and his best mate, and the funds they had raised cycling and mountain biking for a charity) – well, it turns out the story had an even happier ending, as they went on to do a third ride and managed to reach their target of $100 000 for Youth Focus, a charitable enterprise in West Australia which supports young people at risk of suicide.

Here is another story (on video) to warm the cockles; about a small start-up called Pollinate Energy, the brain-child of a few young Aussies, who have found a way to get inexpensive light into countless households in India, as well as provide employment to others. Gen-Y comes through, again. . . . . and is definitely making light of darkness.

Sean Larkan, Principal, Edge International