Saturday, January 12, 2008

Yunus on Tour

Microcredit pioneer Dr. Yunus is traveling around the United States.

Tour dates.

He is promoting his new book which I hope to review later. In this audio Dr Yunus describes his work.

Microcredit, for which Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, is a brilliant achievement, and one for which Yunus has already attained an enduring legacy.

If present growth rates are maintained, this development will have a very significant effect, altering the whole story of humanity. Whether this, in itself will be sufficient to realign our species with the global biosphere upon which all life depends, remains to be seen. But if we do make it to a point of population stasis, and then commence an orderly and voluntary decline in numbers, microcredit will have been one of the main innovations that made that possible. It is hard to conceive of a future in which Yunus’s achievement will not be revered by hundreds of millions, and with good reason. The eradication of poverty remains within reach, and many of us will live long enough to see it happen.

Audacious and Excellent. Strongly recommended.

2 comments:

  1. Great write up, Michael. But you have been too modest. You have been a major player in advancing Dr. Yunus' work dating back to 1987. This is a shared achievement. For those wanting to learn more about Dr. Yunus new book, they can visit http://grameenfoundation.wordpress.com/

    --Alex Counts

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  2. Thanks Alex. I have been fortunate in some of my career choices, this is true. Many people have contributed to the collective achievements of microcredit. Your own work comes readily to mind. And there remains a great deal to be done. Dr. Yunus continues to be a brilliant inspiration. I hope and believe that we have only seen the beginning of this revolution.

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