This profile was prepared when Jarek Dominiak was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
To steer people through the economic transition underway in Poland and to give them the information and tools they need to support a market economy, Jarek teaches people about financial systems and management. Based in Wroclaw, his investors' association stimulates the growth of small investors' clubs throughout Poland that bring together people who want to know more about the new economy and their role in it. Initially, participants contribute a small sum of money to the club pool. Then, by joining their contributions and working together to pursue smart investment opportunities, they gain confidence through hands-on techniques and learn concepts that apply to the national economy as well as their individual households. And by making joint investment decisions, club members learn group responsibility and community trust is strengthened. In seven years, Jarek hopes to see over one thousand investment clubs, and twenty thousand participants, operating throughout the country.