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Economic Rockstar

Nov 19, 2015

Shawn Humphrey is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Mary Washington.

Shawn is the founder of the Two Dollar Challenge, La Ceiba Microfinance, the Month of Microfinance, and the Poverty Action Conference.


Shawn describes himself as a Tribal Teacher, a Diligent Do-Gooder and a Global Grassroots Mobilizer.

In this episode you will learn:

  • about the social entrepreneurial journey that Shawn found himself pursuing.
  • about Shawn’s Tribal Teaching pedagogy and if this is the future of education.
  • why Shawn wanted to help the poor in Honduras and to encourage people to experience poverty.
  • about Shawn’s family experiencing poverty in the 1970s and how their standing in the community led him to believe that there was a better way to treat and help people out of poverty.
  • about how La Ceiba are helping the poor in Honduras.
  • about the importance of building relationships with individuals that seek assistance from La Ceiba.
  • the problems with micro-finance due to group lending and peer-pressure.
  • about the Two Dollar Challenge and you can get involved.
  • why supporting local leaders is the key to ending poverty.
  • about Shawn’s 7 year journey to finding a common ground in humanity.
  • why Shawn’s initial desire to feel significant while helping the poor is now a constant battle.
  • about Tribal Teaching and the pedagogy Shawn has  designed and embraced to make a better learning environment and process.
  • and much more.
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