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Jack Sim

Worldwide, one-third of the world population suffers from bad sanitation. The founder of the "World Toilet Organization (WTO)," Jack Sim, wants to improve sanitation by building and updating toilets. Public relations strategy with a sense of humor has caught the attention of the world, and the media has recognized the importance of clean and safe toilets.

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STORY OF CHANGEMAKING

Life is short, time is money.
Spending time wisely to make life meaningful.

imageWhen I thought about what it means to make my life meaningful, I thought about what is important to society, and what no one else was working on. It was then the words by Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong struck me; “A clean public restroom is a sign of a refined society.” I decided to fold all but one of my businesses – kept one as a source of income - so I could concentrate on contributing to social change.

First, I put together the Restroom Association Singapore (RAS) in 1998. Through the media, I started speaking publicly about the importance of improving sanitation in restrooms. We needed a sense of humor to start talking about an issue that was considered to be taboo. Until all people could use clean and safe toilets anytime, any place, we continued our activities so everyone would keep paying attention to this issue.

World Toilet Summit takes the World Toilet Organization (WTO) to the next level

imageWhen I created the World Toilet Organization (WTO), I chose the name so it could be used in a joke, or become a conversation piece.

As a small NGO, we had to be creative in holding our first World Toilet Summit in 2011. I helped man booths at another exhibition and in turn, I asked to use the conference room for free – this plan benefited both parties.

Next, we needed to secure influential attendees at the summit. With the help of the Director of the National Environmental Agency (NEA), the Minister of Environment in Singapore joined the summit. We ended up having government officials from 15 countries attend. The media from around the globe covered the summit, as well as the World Toilet Organization.

Since then, the WTO, along with our activities, have gained more recognition. In 2013, all 193 countries in the UN recognized us, and World Toilet Day was officially recognized as one of the UN’s International Days.

The taboo, forever transformed into a hot topic.
A sense of humor, the booster.

imageIn 2005, I successfully lobbied to change the building codes to install more stalls in women’s restrooms in Singapore. After some time, this building code became the world standard.

When the law passed, the issue became a topic of choice for the politicians. In India, former Prime Minister Modi won by a landslide by offering to build 110 million new toilets as a campaign promise, and actually acting on his promise upon his victory.

A taboo was transformed to a joke, then to a hot media topic. And after the law passed, toilets became a regular topic of discussion. It sure was a long road to get to this point. Humor helps people laugh, and listen, and act on what they’ve heard. Even the Hollywood actor Matt Damon now uses World Toilet Day to promote his NPO using humor.

There will always be scandals and disasters and other issues troubling our world, but I will remain steadfast in continuing my ‘toilet talk’ to keep the public interested in the importance of sanitation.

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Portrait of Jack Sim

Jack Sim

Born 1957 in Singapore. Jack grew up in the slums, but achieved success as an entrepreneur. When he lost much of his wealth in the recession in the 90’s at 40 years old, Jack decided to contribute more to society. In 1998, Jack founded Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS), and started speaking publicly about the importance of sanitation of public restrooms, considered to be a taboo at the time. In 2001, he established the World Toilet Organization (WTO) and declared November 19th as World Toilet day. He succeeded to change the building codes for public toilets in Singapore in 2005, which soon became the world standard.

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2019.09.17
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Raising Money for New Toilet Film India has been a focal point for Jack's mission to impact the lives of many regarding toilet culture. In an article he wrote last year, he described details such as how "about 732 million people do not have access to proper toilets" and "as much as 90% of the river water is contaminated" in India. In an effort to raise awareness around such issues, Jack is calling for support of a new Bollywood romantic comedy called "Life With(out) Toilet" where this problem is a central part of the story. https://truththewriter.com/life-with-out-toilet/ *Photo: May 31, 2018 - Jack makes a courtesy call on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to advocate the importance of proper sanitation in the country.   For more information about Jack’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2k6DZ6G #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.09.16
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6 Skills to Survive the Anti-Job Future Jack shared his thoughts in a Facebook video on how we can thrive despite technology transforming job markets. "The things that are not changing will be the most important thing to learn," Jack explained. Jack’s 6 skills include: Curiosity - "You have to ask questions and imagine" Courage - "You need courage in order to imagine very brave things" Compassion - "If you are very intelligent, a good engineer, but you don't have compassion, you are not going to design things with the human being in mind" Commitment - "You can't give up" Collaboration - "You have to have humility, and the empathy to understand that other people are different from you but complementary" Calmness - "To not be too worked up when there is disagreement"   For more information about Jack’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2khhpbR #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.09.14
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Becoming a Billionaire Without Having $1 Billion Jack shared his thoughts in a video on Facebook regarding a new definition of what should be considered a "billionaire". Conventionally, billionaires are thought of as individuals who have a billion dollars or more. "A real billionaire should be one that improves the lives of a billion people," Jack explained. With an exponential mindset to think about how to create change in society, "what we want to do... is be a social billionaire and to be able to impact at a billion-level".   For more information about Jack’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2HqMrGl #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.09.02
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Jack Is a Storyteller "I think my role is a storyteller," Jack shared on Facebook. "The main work is [done] by others who are experts". BoP HUB is one such project for Jack where his goal is to "end global poverty for 4 billion people by building an efficient Base of Pyramid marketplace connected to our formal economy." For each challenge along the way, Jack has aligned with others and trained himself to begin to make a positive impact on the problems he is trying to solve. He is now building a 65,000 sq ft BoP Design Center in Singapore that will be completed by the end of September which will feature co-working space for social enterprises. http://www.bopworldconvention.com/about-bop-2/   For more information about Jack’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2Zvqjoo #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.09.01
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Issues Caused by Public Restrooms Jack's friend, Dr. Steven Soifer from the University of Mississippi gave a TED Talk regarding public restrooms that highlighting social issues that many of us never think about. The talk addressed how it is probable that 500 million people are affected by issues related to public restrooms that impact our lives on many levels including doing jobs well or at all, traveling, and having relationships. By raising public awareness about these issues, Dr.Steven Soifer wants to help bring the U.S. into the 21st century as “Asia and much of Europe are already there.”   For more information about Jack’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2ZdMtwe #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.08.31
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A Policy of Honesty First CNA Insider featured a detailed article on Jack's life from his early trials to becoming a millionaire at 29 through a policy of honesty first. "Few know that Singaporean toilet activist Jack Sim is a shrewd businessman, retired property developer and self-made millionaire who came from a poor family." the article noted. Upon reflecting on the ups and downs of his journey, Jack shared the following sage advice, “Keep a good reputation, stick to some principles. If you make a mistake, say so. If you’re honest, people tend to trust you,” he added. “These are the types of simple rules I think you have to know.”   For more information about Jack’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/30Biwmk #jacksim #ANABLUEWING

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