TED Community » Terence Milbourn

About Me

United Kingdom, Glasgow, Scotland
Current organization:
Crowd VC
Current role:
Founder & CEO

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I'm passionate about

Capitalist Philanthropy through Community Powered Capital

An idea worth spreading

Community Powered Capital - an Internet capital market where anyone can make a small loan to a business or development project in one of the Least Developed Countries of the world, and where in 30 days or less, entrepreneurs and change-makers can obtain the investment they need, at a price they can afford, to help create growth, jobs and prosperity in their community. And when the business makes money, as a result of your loan, you can make money too. By investing in business potential in these countries we can trigger long-term, positive social impact. Funding enterprise speeds up economic growth and prosperity permeates through the lives of the entrepreneurs, their families, employees and community; finally ending the dependency on charity and aid. The more we invest the more money we earn and the greater the difference we make in the lives of the poor.

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Capitalist Philanthropy, Crowd Funding and Community Powered Capital in the Least Developed Countries


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    A comment on Talk: Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame

    Mar 23 2015: Monica,

    That was an exceptional speech and took not only courage but also also the humility to stand up there and say, "hey, I was young", and take the chance that people will forgive you.

    But you can't be the Dalai Lama ~ we already have one ~ and just tell people how to lead their lives better, you have to show them. And, if necessary, ~ and if you really are motivated ~ find a way to stop them from making the thoughtless mistakes that the dehumanization of the Internet allows, and upon occasion, encourages.

    OK, now you have got the epiphany speech out the way, what's the big picture? Where to now? How do you plan to turn those fine words into action? I'd love to know.

  • A reply on Talk: Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

    Jan 18 2015: Don't get them confused. Not-for-profit is what Non-Profits do, not what they are.
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    A comment on Talk: Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

    Jan 18 2015: Possibly the best idea on Ted ever!
  • A reply on Conversation: How can a global business create a fulfilling relationship with a local community?

    Jun 2 2013: Interesting observation ~ but I still think you've been reading too much Nitschke! ;-)
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    A comment on Talk: Melinda Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

    Jun 21 2012: These are the steps ~
    1. Work with Real-time data AND react to it immediately
    2. Tap into Local Entrepreneurial Talent
    3. Ass-Kicking Marketing

    Listen. Learn. Adapt. http://wp.me/P20hX1-u
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    A reply on Talk: Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa

    Mar 24 2012: When I was a young man, too many years ago now, I started work at the LPE (London Press Exchange) as a "commercial artist", as Designers were called back then. On my first day in the studio the account executive I was assigned to, and backed up by the studio manager I later questioned, told me... "if the client wants a bucket of shit, then give him a bucket of shit", and move on. It's a sentiment I later found echoed often by too many "creatives" and "account management" (sic) folk throughout my time working in the advertising agency world. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I never did give them "a bucket of shit" for as long as I worked in advertising (about 9 years) and more importantly, never would accept one, when working as the Advertising Manager or Marketing Director for the next 25 years. My point is, the economics are such, you get what you ask for, or what you're willing to accept. There's no one person to blame here. Everyone in the design/advertising/marketing world is responsible.