More Mechai Viravaidya resources: Our world’s top role model

June 24, 2021 by Joshua
in Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

In preparing for my podcast conversation with Mechai Viravaidya, his team sent extra material. I think you’ll value knowing more about him.

First, given that We Can Dance Around Environmental Problems All We Want. We Eventually Reach Overpopulation and Overconsumption, I consider Mechai’s work on family planning among the most important work in the world, beyond the Green Revolution. He lowered birth rate through voluntary, fun means that increased health, longevity, prosperity, and stability, the opposite of China’s One Child Policy or eugenics. He enabled us to talk about and act on the most important driver of the environmental problems putting civilization at risk.

Mechai Viravaidya

I had known about his work in family planning, HIV, and AIDS, but less about education. If you don’t know my passion for project-based and, increasingly, self-directed learning, please look up my page on resources on mind-blowing education practices that work.

Mechai’s work implements much of it. Here are more materials on his more recent education work. As you heard in my conversation with him, I intend to sail there to visit and learn from the man and institution directly.

Podcast notes links

For completeness, here are the links from the podcast notes:

Mechai’s team sent me these links too:


Family Planning


  • A documentary narrated by Brad Pitt for PBS on our campaign to combat HIV/AIDS: “Rx for Survival

Social Enterprise

Development Projects


I learned of Mechai through podcast guest Alan Weisman‘s book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, which profiles him. I highly recommend the book.

Search the web for more on Mechai and you’ll find it.

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