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One Person Can Take One Step


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During this presentation, given on Nov 9 at Wokai's Drinks for a Better World, I discuss my path to social entrepreneurship and how others can engage themselves through new social enterprises or by being socially aware in their current firms.

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One Person Can Take One Step

  1. 1. My Name is Rich and I am a serial socialpreneur
  2. 2. … and I am here to tell you about how people can change the world
  3. 3. Developed the project based class Sustainability and Responsible Leadership •To institutionally support society by leveraging its students, faculty, alumni •Improve student awareness of the social and environmental challenges in China •Teams will conduct research, develop external partner, & present business plan Develop long term capacity within the various actors (NGO, MNC, academic, gov’t, and citizen) to create stable/ sustainable solutions •Provide a platform where civil sector professionals can share best practices •Conduct research, study problems, assess program, & create partnerships •Work with social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders to develop capacity •On campus research, develop student leaders, clubs, mentorships, internships 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. • Coordinates volunteer opportunities for active professionals, according to their availability and personal interests • Support project partners with direct donations, fundraising planning and execution, community project design/implementation • Design and manage a variety of community relations programs for private sector partners in Shanghai – CorpWorks! About Me
  4. 4. What is a Socialpreneur?
  5. 5. I have No Idea! … But here is why I do it Developing platforms that bring positive change to the world is AWESOME Migrant Student Photography Program • To build the long term photography and art program that enabled • growth and development of student interests • Built confidence through accomplishment • To develop teacher capacity and encourage retention • Now up to 60 students Hands On Chengdu Community Flowers • Deploy shipping container community centers • Training Centers, Children’s libraries, medical clinics • 10 year equipment lifetime • 2 centers in process
  6. 6. I have No Idea! … But here is why I do it I work with people who are AMAZING •Selfless •Passionate •LOVE THEIR JOB
  7. 7. I have No Idea! … But here is why I do it To accomplish AMAZING things that help others
  8. 8. My First Steps
  9. 9. Personal Goals Lead to Action What I want to be known for when I die: • A Good Businessman • A Philanthropist • A Scholar (of anything) • A family man So, I took my first steps •Helped foreign firms enter the China market •Went to Mongolia with Habitat for Humanity •Started a blog
  10. 10. Meet Fractured Realities
  11. 11. Fractured “Sustainability” World Concern China’s Realities
  12. 12. Economic Cycles  Global Economic downturn freezes debt markets and reduces demand  Interest in corporate roles and responsibilities grow  Regulations and austerity measures add cost to SME • Environmental awareness has taken quantum leap  Domestic / International press coverage  Public support, NGO engagement, and regulations Environmental Degradation  24/7 Full press coverage on TV, newspaper, blogs, &twitter  Public awareness of problems with industry, and calls for changes  Ongoing investigative reporting into other areas / other companies Supply Chain Failures  24/7 Full press coverage on TV, newspaper, blogs, &twitter  Public awareness of problems with industry, and calls for changes  Ongoing investigative reporting into other areas / other companies Price Inflation  Public acknowledgement of system failure and call for change by party  Cost of talent increasing due to supply shortages and costs of living Labor Issues Local Catalysts
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. So, I took a step back.
  15. 15. Starts With Community Simple truth: If you don’t care about your community, “sustainability” as we understand it is unachievable
  16. 16. … or you get
  17. 17. Retooling Leaders 1) New mission and vision 2) Understanding of “externalities” 3) A business plan for change 4) Focus on systems and building 5) Commitment to execution
  18. 18. Redefining Solutions … Which is where social entrepreneurs can come in
  19. 19. It all starts with a single step
  20. 20. Potential/ Future HandsOn Locations Cambodia • Phnom Phen • Siem Riep Malaysia • Kuala Lumpur • Penang Taiwan • Taipei Indonesia • Bali • Jakarta Vietnam • Hanoi • Ho Chi Minh Mainland China • Beijing • Guangzhou • Shenzhen Thailand • Bangkok • Changmai • Pattaya Laos • Vientienne Sri Lanka • Colombo India • Calcutta • Madras • Hyperabad
  21. 21. A single step By a Single Person
  22. 22. Get Engaged and Be The Change!
  23. 23. Learn More : HandsOn China Collective Responsibility Cleaner Greener China Follow my Tweet! Hands On Shanghai @handsonshanghai Collective Responsibility @chinaCSR Cleaner Greener China @greenerchina My Sites Email Me
  24. 24. 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 Richard Brubaker Founder and Managing Director, Collective Responsibility Founder and Executive Volunteer, HandsOn China Adjunct Professor, Sustainability and Responsible Leadership, CEIBS