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What do you get when you combine a light bulb that’s changing the world, a converted horse barn, and a room full of luminaries and leader (including a former president)? You get the iDE “Leaders in Their Fields” luncheon, which Nokero participated in this past week.

The buzz is building around the transformation of a 19th century horse barn in Denver into a one-of-a-kind center for international development. Nokero is a founding member of the D90 network started by iDE, which is refurbishing this historical building in a blighted neighborhood of the Mile High City.

“I think the idea that you should work together, pool your resources, reinforce each other and not fall all over each other is very important,” said President Clinton.

Leaders in Their Fields Luncheon

The gathering of business and government leaders, including Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, was for the second annual “Leaders in Their Fields” luncheon, and over 700 attendees from around the world gathered in Denver. The luncheon celebrated iDE’s 30 years of leadership in solving poverty through market-based solutions, and collaboration with companies like Nokero to forge an epicenter of international development here in Denver.

While resource scarcity, economic instability, and social change are difficult challenges, they are not impossible. The stories of iDE, Nokero, and Clinton’s own foundation illustrate that simple, sustainable market-based solutions can and are changing the world one customer at a time. President Clinton must have had the words of Margaret Mead in mind as he altered his schedule last week to encourage and enliven this nascent initiative:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.