Ernesto Sirolli – Shut up and listen


The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, energy and imagination of its own people.
-Dr Ernesto Sirolli

Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is one of the world’ s leading consultants on the topic of economic development. He started working in the field of International Aid in Africa in 1971 and has since worked in local economic development in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa, Latin America , USA and Asia in projects that promote local entrepreneurship and local self determination. Dr. Sirolli resides in the USA where he was invited to establish the Sirolli Institute, a social enterprise that teaches civic leaders how to capture the passion energy and imagination of its own citizens.

Dr. Sirolli received a Laurea di Dottore in Political Sciences from Rome University in 1976 and a Ph.D in Local Enterprise Facilitation from Murdoch University, Australia in 2004. He is an Industry Fellow at CSRM University of Queensland.

Dr. Sirolli is the author of two books: “Ripples from the Zambezi – Passion Entrepreneurship and the rebirth of local economics” a best seller that is used by Economic Development Faculties in Universities the world over, and :”How to start a business and ignite your life – a simple guise to combining business wisdom with passion” a book for entrepreneurs.

In 2012 Dr. Sirolli was invited to give a TED TALK ; his 17 minutes talk :”Shut up and Listen” has been translated in 31 languages and downloaded more than 1 . 9 million times.

Enterprise Facilitation®

In 1985, he pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people.

The striking results of “The Esperance Experience” have prompted more than 300 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise Facilitation® model pioneered in Esperance 26 years ago. Esperance community project is still active and has helped over 800 new businesses in the first 20 years.

Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, a non-profit organization and social enterprise since 1995 that teaches community leaders, Governments and Corporations how to manage Enterprise Facilitation Communities.

Enterprise Facilitation teaches civic leaders how to organize themselves to capture local intelligence by training a local Enterprise Facilitator, to introduce the fundamentals of good management to entrepreneurs in need. We have outstanding success working with personal motivation and talent, capturing the passion, and drive to succeed.

Over the past three decades, Enterprise Facilitation has demonstrated that the provision of caring, competent, dedicated advice and support to entrepreneurs is as important as the development of physical infrastructures to the development of a stable and prosperous economy.


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