Over the last 2 months, I have had an inordinate amount of conversations with friends who have migrated to other countries, very typically to get their MBA’s and then ending up working there.
The conversation invariably turns into “what’s the best way to help?”
In one of these talks, I was with my ex-boss and good friend, Elmer Velasquez. We managed to find time to grab breakfast during his weeklong visit here. Elmer finished his MBA in Columbia and now works in the executive search industry in the US. In his spare time, he runs Global Acumen, a social enterprise with the objective of doing knowledge transfer BACK to the Philippines.
He gave me a memorable line:
We have to stop looking at it as brain drain and start looking at it as the development of offshore resources.
The people who go are some of our best guys, right? Of the most capable people in your high school or college batch, what percentage left the country to pursue degrees and careers elsewhere?
You know what? I think a number of these people DO want to help out. Living in another country actually might spur even more felt patriotism in some people. Absence DOES make the heart fonder after all.
How can you help, you say?
What about supporting homegrown startup initiatives?
Okay, I might be biased, but I think this is THE best way to give back. We already know we’ve got an english-speaking, innovative, and tech-savvy workforce. We’ve got some of the best programmers, the best designers in the world. That’s a potential startup goldmine.
Perhaps you can help us in making Great Startup Leaps for Juan.
You want to invest in a startup? Lend your skills and expertise as a board member? Give meaningful advice? Well, we’ve got startups which need your help. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply hit reply! Let’s talk about it. Endless possibilities!
Also, don’t forget to SHARE this post to someone you know wants to help out. Let’s kill apathy!
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