Ernesto Sirolli

Position: Industry Fellow
Location: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
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Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is an Industry Fellow at the CSRM. Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, a non-profit organization and social enterprise since 1995 that teaches community leaders, Governments and Corporations how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community. 

Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is a dynamic, innovative thinker and speaker with a commitment to encouraging the personal fulfillment of individuals and the empowerment of local and indigenous communities through entrepreneurship.

Italian-born, Dr. Ernesto Sirolli received a Laurea di Dottore in Political Science from Rome University in 1976 and a Ph.D in Philosophy. from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in 2004.  He has worked in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America, Asia and the U.S.A. in the field of local Economic Community Development.

In 1985, Ernesto pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people.

The striking results of “The Esperance Experience” have prompted more than 400 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise Facilitation® model pioneered in Esperance 27 years ago. Esperance community project is still active and has helped over 800 new businesses in the first 20 years.

Enterprise Facilitation has been documented in Dr. Sirolli’s book: “Ripples from the Zambezi - Passion, Entrepreneurship and the Rebirth of the Local Economy." 

Adopted as a textbook in an increasing number of academic courses in community and economic development, the book has helped to introduce Enterprise Facilitation to a new generation of economic development practitioners and civic leaders interested in growing their communities from within, one passionate person at the time.

A second book “How to start a Business –and Ignite your Life – a simple guide to combining Business Wisdom with Passion” is being released in April 2012.