Entrepreneurs share the good side of capitalism

Michael Moore called capitalism an evil that must be destroyed.

But for Michael Strong, it’s a way to save the planet.

Strong is the co-founder, CEO, and chief visionary officer of FLOW, an entrepreneur organization focused on fixing world wide economic problems.

“For me, having fun by means of productive, creative activity is the heart of entrepreneurship,” Strong said. “It’s like magic because you can create something out of nothing.”

Strong and his wife Magatte Wade spoke Tuesday night in Brooks Hall for “Conscious Capitalism,” a presentation on solving world problems through entrepreneurs and the free market.

The couple’s presentation kicked off CMU’s “Flourish Fest,” a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship aimed at inspiring creative potential in students.

Hope May, associate professor of philosophy and religion, was responsible for bringing the couple.

“They are people who are actually walking the walk,” May said. “I want students to see what these kind of people look like.”

Just over 50 people attended to hear Strong and Wade defend the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurship.

He also discussed the importance of “steward leadership” and pursuing beauty and excellence in business, rather than just financial greed.

“The goal is to have a deeper purpose than just making money,” Strong said. “If it becomes all about money, then money will eventually corrupt.”

Wade told a story of how she created Adina World Beat Beverages.

“I was fortunate that I was in places where failure was well respected,” Wade said. “Only stupid or lazy people don’t ever make mistakes.”

St. Clair Shores senior Andrea Galvez said she appreciated Wade’s approach to the business world.

“I liked that she knows what she wants and she goes after it,” Galvez said. “For her to be strong and to go after what she wants for her culture, I can identify with that.”

Standish senior Brianna Lyons was also impressed.

“All I knew about capitalism was what I saw in the Michael Moore video,” Lyons said. “This was an entirely new perspective that presented it in a more positive light. I want to learn more now.”


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