Scott Harrison, charity: water // helping 11 million people get access to clean water & re-inventing charity

“It’s a selfie culture. I do think it’s hard to get people to care about others. Snapchat notifications are popping up, CNN is on and Donald Trump is yelling at you! It’s not the same impact”

Scott Harrison, CEO & Founder of charity: water

Scott Harrison is the founder of award-winning non-profit, charity: water. He’s also the New York Times bestselling author of THIRST.

He has a remarkable story, and in this revealing interview, he discusses his background from being a club promoter in NYC, to taking a drastic 180 to find a new purpose.

Scott goes deep into his story and covers topics he’s never discussed before:

  • Water Problem & Non-Profit World – the global water problem that impacts 1 in 10 people and its disproportionate impact on women, education & disease
  • What changed him – what changed him to start charity: water, from a life of bottles and models as a New York party promoter, to completely changing his life around 180

  • Convincing top entrepreneurs to back him – how he got people like Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Sean Parker (Facebook), Chris Sacca (famous investor) and Daniel Ek (Spotify) to back charity: water

  • Birthday campaigns – how the famous birthday campaigns started & what is next for them with “The Spring”

  • Private sector – what he’s learned from the private sector and the role technology plays in their org, eg. how they use virtual reality for storytelling

  • Social businesses – what he thinks of socially conscious businesses like Warby Parker & TOMS Shoes and if he thinks the term non-profit need a rebranding
  • Personal – why he could drive a $70k Volvo but not a $25k Mercedes, always flying coach/economy class and the pressure to be frugal while running a non-profit.
  • Success – what success means to him and common traits amongst successful people he knows

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