- Social Media
- Active Citizenship
- Good Giving
- Corporate Responsibility
- Be Fearless
Fellows Friday is a weekly series on the TED Blog that profiles one TED Fellow each week. We have asked the Fellows to answer our question below to share their knowledge and advice with other social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are coming up with big ideas that can change the world.
Andriankoto Ratozamanana is reforesting his native Madagascar with endemic species, helping people produce essential oils and other sustainable products. A long-time ex-pat in France blogging about the beauties of his homeland, Andriankoto was so inspired by TEDAfrica 2007 that a month later he packed his bags and moved home. He's now growing a group of politically minded-bloggers, developing sustainable businesses, and nurturing an enthusiastic TEDx community.
Stephanie: There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs out there who are trying to take their passion and ideas to the next level. What is one piece of advice you would give to them based on your own experiences and successes?
Andriankoto: The advice is to keep believing in your idea. Because it's not easy for an idea to emerge from all the ideas we have around the world. So you have to believe and always prove that your idea is worth spreading. That is simple advice, but I think believing and working hard on your idea is the main thing.
I shouldn’t really give advice, because I haven't really succeeded yet at what I'm doing. But I think believing is really important.
Read the rest of Andriankoto's Fellows Friday interview here.