Speaking of the profits to be made from designing more efficient solar panels, he says, “Somebody's going to make a million dollars figuring out a way to get those solar panels made and deployed in our hoods. I think it should be you.” (Ibid)
That is it in a nutshell: the greatest tool for lifting people out of poverty is the faith of those individuals within that community to not only believe that it is possible, but to take an active part in their own ability to invent, design, and build, and to create wealth and opportunity from within.
Like a tsunami, the credit crunch and bank meltdown has wiped the landscape clean of many established banks, investment houses and institutions. But, nature abhors a vacuum.
Where there is vacuum, there is also major opportunity. And that is the mindset that will uplift the nation in some of its poorest corners, opportunity.
Regardless of how an economy crumbles, there is opportunity for enterprising individuals. The problem is: identifying and making use of that opportunity.
Millions of entrepreneurs, inventors, craftsmen/women and businesspeople are going down the tubes, because this economy is antiquated and moribund. The challenge now is to identify and utilize emerging technologies with every means at our disposal.
No matter where it is located, or how bad the conditions under which its owner lives, a mind is truly a terrible thing to waste. Today’s challenge is to harness the ingenuity of the American people, no matter who they are or where they live and forge a new future with opportunity, justice and liberty for all.
The nation’s economic graveyard is already littered with the graves of the also rans. There is no telling how many more thousands of businesses will soon join their ranks, as credit dries up, businesses fold and entire industries teeter on the brink of extinction.