Jack Sim, who was named one of the Heroes of the Environment for 2008 by Time magazine, shares his insights at TEDx Taipei 2012 on how to create social change.
Jack Sim, founder of World Toilet Organization, achieved financial success through several business ventures at an early age. As he grew older, Jack felt the need to change his direction in life and give back to humanity– he wanted to live his life according to the motto “Live a useful life”. Jack soon left his businesses and embarked on a journey to have a positive impact in the world. In 2001, Jack Sim founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) to bring the Sanitation issue to the global spotlight and to advocate for clean sanitation for all. After years of dedication to the Sanitation issue, Jack Sim continues to be involved but in 2011, he embarked on a new radical project, that being BoP HUB. He had a vision to “design business to end poverty”. Jack is a firm believer in the economic empowerment of the poor. BoP HUB now serves as a vehicle for partners in every industry and sector to collaborate and accelerate effective social business models focused at the base of the pyramid.
Among his many accolades, Jack was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year in 2006; Ashoka Global fellow in 2007; Asian Development Bank Water Champion in 2007; TIME Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2008; Reader’s Digest Asian of the Year in 2011; and a Synergos Senior Fellow in 2013.