What you do [to provide better aid is] you shut up. You never arrive in a community with any ideas.

Ernesto Sirolli

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“Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen!” TEDxEQChCh. Sep. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen!" TEDxEQChCh. Sep. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote from aid worker Ernesto Sirolli means that you cannot effectively help someone if you approach them with preconceived ideas about what they need; instead, you must listen with an open mind. This is especially applicable when providing foreign aid, explains Sirolli in the 2012 TED Talk this quote was taken from. Otherwise, you are repeating the mistakes of colonialism, says Sirolli. Watch the full TED Talk here: Ernesto Sirolli - Want to Help? Shut Up and Listen!