A Global Community of Support for Sustainable Entrepreneurs
The purpose of the Heart of Waraba is to connect and support sustainable entrepreneurs on their journeys.
Government, big business, and individual action are all critical to solve climate change, the greatest threat of our generation. However, Sustainable Entrepreneurs are the tip of the spear in the fight to stem global warming, since we are the ones who bring the key ingredients of innovation, risk taking, and free flowing passion to the battlefield.
Joining the Heart of Waraba tribe is an opportunity to both give and receive. You have the opportunity to receive free guidance, support, access to new markets and capital, and feedback on your ideas. But, the magic comes from giving. The Heart of Waraba offers you a chance to support, connect, and give to other sustainable entrepreneurs across the globe. The more that we can empower each other to fulfill our dreams the better the chance we have to create a sustainable planet.
Sharing Stories: Meet Michael Shore
I appreciate being part of the movement to create a global sustainable economy. I have founded and grown durable businesses from scratch, led my solar company to become a $100 million enterprise and rank 46th on the INC 500 list, raised oodles of capital, made my home state a world leader in solar deployment, and advised dozens of clean energy companies across the globe to become more profitable and more resilient.
Like any adventure, the journey of life is most rewarding when one overcomes obstacles to gain new perspective and insights. For me the most important defining moments occured when I was in relationship with people who challenged my world view.
As a young man, I joined the United States Peace Corps, a humanitarian agency, and was stationed in rural Mali, several days upstream from Timbuktu. My Malian friends taught me about hard work, generosity, and perseverance. In the face of great adversity, the men and women of Mali had hearts of lions. As the desert encroached, it became increasingly clear that they lived on land that was unable to sustain the people in their traditional way of life.
Sometime in the abundance of the United States, it is difficult to see our dependence on the environment. But in Mali, I was taught how dependent we are on a healthy environment. When I returned home after two years, I dedicated my life’s work to creating a more sustainable planet.
The Power of Entrepreneurship
True to my commitment, I spent the next 20 year working on sustainability issues in both my home country and across the planet. In 2007, some friends and I launched First Light Solar, a company which developed utility-scale solar farms. It matured into a top 50 fastest growing company in the United States. After selling First Light Solar, I taught entrepreneurship at a university and through my new company, Tipping Point, coached entrepreneurs globally.
My interaction with young students and entrepreneurs inspired a new awakening in me. The stories of Hareth, Rachel, May, Asante, Georges, Dalton, and many others helped me to realize that the innovation, passion, and drive of the new generation of entrepreneurs is critical to solve climate change and the other most pressing environmental challenges of our generation.
The Heart of the Lion
Entrepreneurship is not for the weak-hearted and sometimes it can be a lonely endeavor. Whenever I work with a young entrepreneur, I let them know that they are not alone and acknowledge the courage it takes to launch and grow a company. Although I may help my clients in the process of entrepreneurship, it is the issues of the heart which are most important.
It has been an honor to get to work with entrepreneurs across the globe. Out of love and commitment to entrepreneurs, the Heart of Waraba (the Lion) was born. It is my vision that by sharing stories of entrepreneurship, we can connect and support each other. The more we can help entrepreneurs fulfil their dreams, the more our planet will be connected, prosperous, and peaceful.
That is my story. Please click here to share your story.
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