On Thursday afternoon, nonprofit leader Ned Breslin explained social entrepreneurship to Yale undergraduates through punk music. Breslin — the CEO of Water for People, an American-based nonprofit that works to establish long-lasting, safe drinking water resources in developing countries — came to campus as the first-ever speaker of InnovateHealth Yale, the School of Public Health’s new enterprise program. Breslin’s talk, which was entitled “The Fighter, the Skateboarder and the Punk: Unusual Clues on Social Entrepreneurism from the Edges,” focused on the habits of effective entrepreneurs, using himself, martial artist Cameron Conway and skateboarder Rodney Mullen as representative of entrepreneurial spirit.
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The Bansidhar & lla Panda Foundation in partnership with FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre of Excellence and FlCCl Odisha State Council, organized a Panel Discussion on “Water & Sanitation: Foundation for Improved Health” on Nov 28th at Bhubaneswar.
While many Americans take for granted that clean, drinking water is readily available in the United States, this is not a reality for many impoverished people throughout the world. Every day over 6,000 people die because they don’t have access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities. In response to this pressing issue, the Water for People Committee of the American Water Works Association New Jersey (AWWA NJ) Section raised money with two recent events.
Today, people around the world are observing World Toilet Day—a day designated to raise awareness about the global sanitation crisis. We know what you’re thinking—what is the sanitation crisis and why should I care? Imagine what it would be like if there wasn’t a bathroom in your house, your office, or in the coffee shop on the corner. Think about how that would affect not only your time but also your health, hygiene, and community environment.
Snicker at that if you must, but the next time you use the easily accessible flush toilets we’ve all come to expect, remember that there are plenty of our fellow humans that have to resort to squatting in the dirt to relieve themselves every single day of the year.
Charles Muhunuza is a sanitation entrepreneur. And while today is World Toilet Day, he likely won’t spend much time reflecting – he spends every day thinking about toilets and other sanitation solutions in urban Uganda. Today, like most days, he will spend time looking down a toilet and supporting his staff as they extract waste from latrines with a gulper
On November 19, the first official World Toilet Day will be celebrated at the United Nations in New York, with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Afterwards, WASH United, Toilet Hackers and the World Toilet Organization will organize a benefit for sanitation awareness at Mister H, a lounge in the Mondrian Hotel in Soho from 8pm – 11pm. Lets be thankful and come celebrate the toilets’ tireless service with us!
The United Nations has a longstanding tradition of commemorating political milestones – like the abolition of the slave trade – or sustaining day-long vigils on controversial issues such as a ban on nuclear tests.
Joe C. Stowe, Jr., senior management consultant with McKim & Creed, Inc., has been awarded the 2013 Robert W. Hite Outstanding Leadership Award by Water For People, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing safe water and sanitation services for people living in poverty.
Cobbers studying abroad this semester in India raised more than $3,000 to empower local women. Business majors Matt Gantz and Derek Algaard worked with a student from Gustavus to raise money for Water for People, an organization focused on providing sustainable wells in impoverished areas.
Mosh pits are standard fare at punk rock shows. They are swirling masses of fans carving out space in a crowd, erupting as music spills from the stage. From the outside mosh pits look scary — bodies flying and people falling, and no clear rules being followed.
Last week, The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina held their annual Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy. Hundreds of water professionals from around the world attended including myself and two Water For People colleagues—Sherina Munyana, Communications Manager with Sanitation as a Business, Uganda, and Claudio Cossio, Project Manager, Bolivia.
Here is a list of 10 CEOs that are changing the world in their everyday jobs. These 20 CEOs run companies that are developing their business/organizations to solve or prevent some of our worlds most pressing issues.
Ned Breslin joined the team at Water For People in 2006 after working on water and sanitation issues for 16 years in Africa. In 2011, thanks to his taking the lead on making innovative initiatives both scalable and sustainable, he was awarded the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Ned’s insights and experiences have been fundamentally enriched in partnership with his wife Lindsey, whose dedication to HIV/Aids, and women and children in difficult situations, has inspired him for over 2 decades. Ned is the proud father of two girls who were both born and raised in Africa and who, he told me, continue to guide him at least as much as he guides them.