One Person Can Take One Step


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This presentation was given to 500 university students in early August. Entitled One Person Can Take One Step, it is about the personal responsibility of individuals and how individuals CAN change the world one step at a time.

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One Person Can Take One Step

  1. 1. … and I am here to tell you about how people can change the world My Name is Rich
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>What I want to be known for when I die: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Good Businessman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Philanthropist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Scholar (of anything) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Good Father </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. My First Steps
  4. 4. Fractured “Sustainability” World Concern China’s Realities
  5. 5. Something was not gelling with me. NGOs were all on the climate change bandwagon The Discovery Channel was telling me I could live a sustainable life of luxury without sacrifice No one was willing to tell Starbucks that the paper cup was an unsustainable business model … and while we were being told that climate change was the biggest issue we would face as humanity, COP 15 closed without resolution. Ministers went home, NGOs packed up their polar bears, and the media tuned off .. and yes… this paper cup is still unsustainable
  6. 6. So, I took a step back.
  7. 7. Starts With Community Simple truth: If you don’t care about your community, “sustainability” as we understand it is unachievable
  8. 8. … or you get
  9. 9. <ul><li>Develop long term capacity within the various actors (NGO, MNC, academic, gov’t, and citizen) to create stable/ sustainable solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a platform where civil sector professionals can share best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct research, study problems, assess program, & create partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Work with social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders to develop capacity </li></ul><ul><li>On campus research, develop student leaders, clubs, mentorships, internships </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 2004, Hands On China’s mission is connecting people – both locals and foreigners in Shanghai who want to become involved as volunteers in community activities with local charities who need assistance. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinates volunteer opportunities for active professionals, according to their availability and personal interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support project partners with direct donations, fundraising planning and execution, community project design/implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design and manage a variety of community relations programs for private sector partners in Shanghai – CorpWorks! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developed the project based class Sustainability and Responsible Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>To institutionally support society by leveraging its students, faculty, alumni </li></ul><ul><li>Improve student awareness of the social and environmental challenges in China </li></ul><ul><li>Teams will conduct research, develop external partner, & present business plan </li></ul>
  10. 10. I Developing platforms that bring positive change to the world is AWESOME <ul><li>Migrant Student Photography Program </li></ul><ul><li>To build the long term photography and art program that enabled </li></ul><ul><ul><li>growth and development of student interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built confidence through accomplishment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To develop teacher capacity and encourage retention </li></ul><ul><li>Now up to 60 students </li></ul>HandsOn Chengdu Community Flowers <ul><li>Deploy shipping container community centers </li></ul><ul><li>Training Centers, Children’s libraries, medical clinics </li></ul><ul><li>10 year equipment lifetime </li></ul><ul><li>2 centers in process </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>I work with people who are AMAZING </li></ul><ul><li>Selfless </li></ul><ul><li>Passionate </li></ul><ul><li>LOVE THEIR JOB </li></ul>
  12. 12. Accomplish AMAZING things that help others
  13. 13. It all starts with a single step
  14. 14. A single step By a Single Person
  15. 15. Q&A “ In the end, environmental, social and economic sustainability cannot be separated. A sustainable planet must include a sustainable human civilization – resilient human systems that respect the complicated relationships among poverty, human rights, economic development, environmental health, and human success” - Institute for the Future, 2008 <ul><ul><li>Richard Brubaker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founder and Managing Director, Collective Responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founder and Executive Volunteer, HandsOn China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjunct Professor, Sustainability and Responsible Leadership, CEIBS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>