Bouncing onto the stage to discuss the “taboo” subject of poop and how 2.5 billion people have unsafe sanitation, he beamed, “I’m so glad you like sh*t!”
Jack closed the congress with what he calls a “constipated issue”. It was jam packed with substance, puns, reality, inspirational guidance – everything that sums this conference up. But he touched upon a subject very topical for me right now – one I want to call out.
Jack identified that there was a growing trend in this sector, and that trend is “a masculine approach to social impact”. What he meant by that was there are no winners here in this sector. If there are winners, there must be losers, and we cannot sustain this movement of social impact long term if there are losers. People will only become disillusioned and not participate, thus making social impact harder and harder.
The only way we’ll be able to achieve and sustain great social impact is through a family approach. Simply translated: together. Your peers are not your competitors, and you certainly can’t save the world alone. We can achieve more together than we can alone. Something is more than the sum of its parts. We’re on this planet together. We’re in this together, so let’s work together.
Predictably, Mr Toilet was the most in-demand person in the room during the closing plenary at IFC Asia, but I wasn’t leaving without a picture!
PS. Jack is the founder of theWorld Toilet Organization. And he changed my life. If you haven’t come across him or his work before, I URGE you to research him or, better yet, catch him at #IFC2017! There’s still time to register.