Accept the COVID19 Challenge | Episode 013

Regardless of whether or not you believe COVID19 is a hoax, the cure is worse than the disease, or we need to stay at home for 18 more months, it is time to accept the COVID19 challenge for what it is and begin making plans for moving forward. In doing so, I lay out my vision for how COVID-19 will potentially disrupt everything I had planned to do this year, and what I am going to do about it. I…

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I Miss Normal Life | Rich Brubaker, vlog Episode 012

It's been 8 weeks since my family and I left ""normal life" in Shanghai for what we thought would be a 2 week "vacation". Now, while we are based safely in the US, and are all together, we simply look forward to getting back to normal life where we are surrounded by friends, where I am able to drop my kid off at the bus, and I am able to resume working with amazing people around the Asia region.…

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It’s Time to Do Something About Ocean Plastic | Rich Brubaker, Episode 011

While traveling to Phu Quoc (Vietnam), I was reminded just how bad the problem of ocean plastic is, and why we need to ACT NOW. Even as I arrange weekly beach cleanups in Shanghai, and work with leading brands on recycling programs, the frustration of seeing the amount of waste strewn across the beach was just so incredibly sad that even in a place this remote, and this beautiful. It just so cle…

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Visiting Social Entrepreneurs in Saigon

After a quick trip to Jakarta, I was lucky to be able to fit in a few days of visiting social entrepreneurs in Saigon It's been nearly 25 years since my first trip to Ho Chi Minh, and like many of Asia's cities, a LOT has changed. There are shiny glass buildings doting the skyline, metro stations are being built, and the middle class is beginning to take shape. Underneath the surface of all that…

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Luxury Fashion and Sustainability at Kering Group – Rich Brubaker, Episode 009

The Kering Group, recently held an event in Shanghai focused on sustainability in luxury fashion and the role of entrepreneurs and innovators in helping big brands do better. Considered a leader in their industry, the global CEO opened the session with a keynote and a Q&A where he dove into a few of the  key challenges they face (as a company) and some of the investments they have made along…

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Visiting Social Entrepreneurs in Bangkok

While visiting Social Entrepreneurs in Bangkok this week, I was reminded that as an "mission driven" entrepreneur, who has spent the last 20 years in Asia, I have been very fortunate to work in an amazing place, with amazing people, and be in a position to scale impact across a number of growing issues the region faces. One of the best parts of this time has been the travel, and meeting other ent…

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Social Entrepreneurs Need to Shake Things Up! | vLog, Episode 007

I have spent a SIGNIFICANT time recently looking at the work I am doing, and that of other "social entrepreneurs", and have come to the conclusion that we have become too safe. We have become too guarded with our ideas, with our business plans, and with how we communicate the work. Too few of us are swinging for the fences in an attempt to SOLVE a big problem, and it's time to shake it up.…

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Interface Flooring (China) Factory Visit | Rich Brubaker, vlog Episode 006

In this episode, I go to the Interface Flooring factory in Taicang, China to learn more about what makes them one of the most sustainable companies in the world. It's founder Ray Anderson was not only a pioneer in proving the business case for sustainability, but over the last 20 years has shown that through the lens of sustainability, Interface was able to achieve the full potential of a firms p…

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5 Key to Becoming a Successful Social Entrepreneur | Rich Brubaker – Episode 005

In this episode,  I introduce what I believe are 5 key steps to becoming a successful social entrepreneur. Each of them come from my observations of others, as well as through a regular reflection of my own path down social entrepreneurship.  A path that was not always straight, or easy, but through the lessons of success, and failure, have born out some of the truths that I share during this vid…

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Why I Bet on Social Entrepreneurship over Corporate Sustainability | Rich Brubaker – Episode 004

In this episode, I speak to the fact that while corporate social responsibility, and corporate sustainability, have been hot topics that have produced a lot of really interesting programs, the biggest opportunities for fixing the problems we face will be landed by social entrepreneurs. Individuals, and organizations, who have a mission for change, can build a platform that actually delivers a s…

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