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Jack Sim

1/3 of world population is still suffering from bad sanitation. "World Toilet Organization (WTO)" has push to improve sanitation by building and updating toilets. Through their use of humor, the importance of clean and safe toilets is recognized worldwide.

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There are people suffering from toilet sanitation problems. With ANA support, I can be free to work without the constraints to go when and where I am needed the most.

Jack Sim

STORY OF CHANGEMAKING

Life is short, and time is money. I like to spend rest of my life usefully and contribute to society

imageToilet is very important to our life, but people are shy to talk about it. I want to make good toilet culture for everyone both rich or poor. Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong once said, "We should measure our social graciousness against the cleanliness of our public toilets", and I realized that this is something I need to do. I decided to retire from business world. I sold my businesses, gave some away, close some and kept only one company to keep an income stream so that I can work for free for social work full-time.

I started Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) in 1998, and started talking about toilet and sanitation issues through out media. I created a humor to solve toilet problems. This generated massive media coverages on toilets issues. We need everybody to keep the agenda alive and growing until everyone have access to clean safe and enjoyable toilets everyday everywhere anytime.

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

imageWhen I founded World Toilet Organization (WTO), we played a pun to make our name resembles that of another famed global trade body. The global media loves our humor and they help us spread the good news which legitimized the toilet agenda.

On 19 November 2001, we hosted the first "World Toilet Summit". As a small NGO, I could not afford to pay the exhibition organizer. So I help him sell exhibition booths, and he gave us a conference for free. Once the space is ready, and I needed to have key person’s attendance.

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) Director understood that my passion for toilets is genuine, so he persuaded the Minister of Environment in Singapore to join the conference. At the end, we had not only Singaporean minister, but the government officials from 15 different countries. The summit took the global media by storm.

Since then, WTO and our activities have been recognized more and more. In 2013, all 193 countries of the UN General Assembly supported to adopt our founding day, the 19th of November, as UN World Toilet Day, and now World Toilet Day and WTO get about 3 billions outreach annually.

From taboo to attractive issue. Adding humor made this toilet issue sensational forever

imageIn 2005, I successfully lobbied to change the building codes for more cubicles in ladies restrooms in Singapore. This building code became the world standard so women and girls don't have to wait in long queues for the toilets.

Our official status and continuous media publicity created legitimacy for politicians to win elections by promising toilets to their people. India’s Prime Minister Modi won a landslide victory with toilet was one of the campaign promises and is now building 110 millions toilets in India.

It was a long journey that I've turned "toilets" from taboo, into humor, to media darling, to political legitimacy, to public policy, and to normal lifestyle agenda. I want to make everyone laugh about toilets and when they laugh, they listen and talk and take actions. Even Hollywood star, Matt Damon mentioned World Toilet Day for promoting his organization of water comically.

There are many agendas in the world competing for media attention. My job is keeping "toilet talk" alive and interesting so that people will forget about it. I have to continue this work hard to ensure good toilets culture and healthy, happy people.

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Portrait of Jack Sim

Jack Sim

Born in 1957 and grown up in the slum of Singapore, despite very little education, Jack achieved success through founding 16 small businesses by 40. When he lost 50% of his wealth during the recession in 90s, he started to choose measuring his life by relevance not money, and decided to contribute more to the society. Soon Jack founded Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS), and eventually started World Toilet Organization (WTO) to promote sanitation of public toilets and public health policies. He succeeded to change the building codes for public toilets in Singapore in 2005, soon this code became the world standard and created the UN World Toilet Day.

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2017.10.17
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What if the whole world was middle class? This is Jack’s vision for the future and it sounds like a good one. But not if it’s the same possession-obsessed, polluting middle class that exists today. “I still haven’t found the solution to this problem.”, explains Jack. “However, the spread of the sharing economy concept gives me hope. A society where people buy second hand instead of buying everything new, and pass things on to one another is one that ensures the same quality of life for all without the pollution that goes with it. I look forward to that day. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Jack cut the environmental cost of poverty reduction. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING #UrgentRun
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2017.10.01
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Jack's biggest business challenge Bureaucracy, especially from big organizations and governments, normally as a result of poor communication, narrowly-defined roles, and bribery. As Jack explains, it’s illogical. Logical is going from having a problem to solving it. Cases exist where without logic people just endlessly pass the responsibility, saying that they don’t need to do it or it’s too risky for them until everything comes to a stop and only a bribe can get things moving again. According to Jack, it’s an all too common problem in his line of work, but it goes without saying, that the World Toilet Organization find ethical ways to solve the challenge. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING #UrgentRun
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2017.09.16
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Better toilets make a better world On its 16th anniversary the World Toilet Organization can claim an impressive success: a 14% improvement in access to improved sanitation facilities worldwide, bringing the total to 2.1 billion happy toilet users! However, a third of the world still has no access to improved sanitation facilities. 892 million people still defecate in the open. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Jack Sim achieve even greater successes in the next 15 years to meet Sustainable Development Goal 6 by 2030. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING #UrgentRun
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2017.08.18
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Jack’s management style Jack simply trusts people by default. “Partners, managers, or colleagues, you trust everybody in your organization by default. That means you believe that they are all great guys, that they're all honest and trying their best. The alternative would be to suspect them, to think low of them, to think they are lazy or incompetent, but that makes everyone very upset. Even if they are very mediocre, if you expect them to be good because you trust them, they become much better than their mediocrity. When you expect them to be really good, they either live up to your expectation, or they give up and quit. Either way, you have quality control, and you always have good people. Win-win.” Like this post to support the Changemakers. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING #UrgentRun
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2017.08.14
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How does Jack nurture his staff? Jack treats people as humans and teaches them to have soft skills, how to trust, how to love, how to care, how to teach, how to empower. “These are the skills we need for the future. We have to go back to all these human qualities rather than rote learning and mechanical stuff, you know?” Like this post to support Jack if you agree with him! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING #UrgentRun

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