BLUE WING -WINGS FOR CHANGE- 「Build toilets in developing countries to improve the quality of life there.」

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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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2018.06.21
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Be Honest, Courageous, and Admit Your Mistakes Early in his business career, Jack nearly blew it by seriously underestimating and underbidding for a contract. He says it was going to be lose-lose-lose: he'd go bust, his client's project wouldn't get finished; they'd have to re-tender and start all over again. This was pointless. Jack told them that they must have realized he'd tendered $1 million dollars below his costs, because it was obvious—it was just a stupid mistake. Jack told them that he'd made the mistake and it was his fault. They could punish him, but if he took the contract he would lose even more than their punishment. At the same time, they wanted Jack to do a good job, and therefore they not only allow him the $1 million, but threw in an extra $100,000 so that he would be rewarded and still make some profit. They accepted this! Honesty works. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2018.06.19
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The Power of Humor Jack tells jokes to get attention, and it works. He said there was nobody funny in his sector. The media ignores boring people: they're interested in sellable stories, their readership, and advertising income. Jack decided to stir the (toilet) pot, as it were, to take the risk and let other people get the benefit of grants and support. It's a role that nobody wants to play, but it's an important and meaningful one. Jack says he is very happy that ANA BLUE WING gives him support, because he says he is one of the few lucky whose role is understood as useful and important. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Jack's World Toilet Organization improve health through better sanitation. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2018.05.11
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Jack Sim’s Super Social Change Idea 6: It Is Not Magic! Jack says he is not going to invent new ideas, because there is no need: he's going to copy them from other social entrepreneurs who are already practicing them profitably in smaller local economies. Support ANA BLUE WING and be part of Jack's solution. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2018.05.10
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Jack Sim’s Super Social Change Idea 5: The Solution? Money Needs to Flow To solve poverty forever, Jack believes it's necessary to convert everything into a vibrant marketplace in which the poorer in society can do business, become entrepreneurs, generate employment, and the velocity of money in their own economy can churn so fast that the local growth becomes very high. He learned that lesson first hand when he was a child living in poverty in Singapore. Share this article and be part of the solution. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2018.05.09
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Jack Sim’s Super Social Change Idea 4: Aid Doesn’t Work Jack points out that every year there are 300 to 400 billion dollars of foreign aid donations, and yet despite receiving this money progress in eradicating poverty is slow, which suggests that the aid money is not being used effectively. Read about the solution in the next post! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING

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