Inspiring quotes from the Collaborative Carnival conference

INSPIRATION. Gawad Kalinga's Tony Meloto inspires participants in 2015's Collaborative Festival. Image from Collaborative Festival Facebook page

INSPIRATION. Gawad Kalinga's Tony Meloto inspires participants in 2015's Collaborative Festival.

Image from Collaborative Festival Facebook page

The conference held March 27 to 29, was organized by Impact Hub Manila and Spin Manila and featured participants and speakers from the Philippines and around the world.

A conference explicitly dedicated to collaboration or at least, encouraging collaboration may seem unnecessary. After all, are we, Filipinos, not already sharing new ideas and best practices with one another? The answer to this question is that we probably are, but not as much as we can.

Many industries in the Philippines, such as technopreneurship, are still very much in their formative stages. As such, the mechanisms through which technopreneurs can communicate and learn from leaders from fields social entrepreneurship or politics may not be as developed.

Keeping this in mind, we have gathered the best quotes from the conference on collaboration, pursuing your passions, succeeding as an entrepreneur, and everything in between for your reading pleasure. The goal is that you will find actionable steps to take in your own career or business from these nuggets of wisdom.

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The speakers at the Collaborative Carnival are all recognized leaders in their fields. They have been through all the challenges that one can possibly face – challenges that entrepreneurs and business leaders will likely go through as well.

As aspiring leaders, you must always strive to remain curious and fight any and all cultural tendencies that confine you to apathy. We should dream big, and not let your resources – or lack thereof – constrain them.

In pursuing your goals, you should have fun and always pay close attention to your energy and courage. But if you are not failing a little, you are not pushing yourselves hard enough.

You should share your vision with your stakeholders and reach out to people you usually would not reach out to – they likely hold the key to the problem you are facing.

Perhaps most of all, and one that is most relevant to Filipino culture, is that you should never be afraid to ask for help. So long as you have some value to offer to others, people will be more than willing to help. Rappler.com


Rappler Business columnist Ezra Ferraz is also the chief content officer at ZipMatch, a tech company backed by Ideaspace Foundation, Hatchd Digital, IMJ Investment Partners, and 500 Startups. He brings you Philippine business leaders, their insights, and their secrets via Executive Edge. Connect with him on Twitter: @EzraFerraz