fyi. got this from the stanford b school mailing lists, alas, a bit late.
some indian entrepreneurs are getting into this sort of thing, for instance vinod khosla with grass-roots micro-lending and so forth.
i am forwarding this information without seeing the show, so i have no idea whether i agree with the show or not.
Please help us spread the word about The New Heroes, a PBS documentary series celebrating social entrepreneurs! The series will premiere tonight (Tuesday) on PBS stations across the country. Most PBS stations will air the series June 28 and July 5, from 8 to 10 p.m. The exact timing will vary due to the national Presidential address scheduled this week, so please check local listings: http://www.pbs.org/opb/thenewheroes/about/schedule.html
Hosted by Robert Redford, The New Heroes tells the dramatic stories of daring people from all corners of the globe who, against all odds, are successfully alleviating poverty and illness, combating unemployment and violence, and bringing education, opportunity and freedom to poor and marginalized people around the world. Known as "social entrepreneurs," they develop innovations that bring life-changing tools and resources to people desperate for viable solutions. They are the best hope for a brighter future for us and for our children.
As part of our mission to invest in, connect and celebrate social entrepreneurs, the Skoll Foundation underwrote the production of The New Heroes. We have officially launched our national house party campaign to encourage people across the country to watch the series with their friends and talk about the power of social entrepreneurs to solve some of the biggest problems facing our future.
If you are inspired by these stories, you can join hundreds of others across the country and around the world by hosting a New Heroes House Party. The Web site at www.thenewheroes.org provides everything you need, including a free DVD with four of the stories from the series and a full House Party Tool Kit to help you invite your friends and host the party. If your group wishes to donate to projects of any of the New Heroes, the Skoll Foundation will match your contribution (up to $100,000, through August 31).
For more information about The New Heroes, including the trailer and video clips from the series, online discussions about the series and social entrepreneurs, a quiz to find out if you are a social entrepreneur and much more, go to www.skollfoundation.org.
Please forward this email to your friends and help spread the word! We hope these stories will inspire people across the country to believe in the possibility of a brighter future and the power we all have to be part of that future.
The Skoll Foundation ( www.skollfoundation.org) is proud to sponsor The New Heroes, a PBS documentary series hosted by Robert Redford and airing nationwide June 28 and July 5 from 8 to 10 p.m. The New Heroes tells 12 dramatic stories of social entrepreneurs successfully using business skills to tackle "impossible" social problems. You can host a New Heroes House Party and help change the world! Visit www.thenewheroes.org.