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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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2019.04.19
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Jack in Okinawa: Guest Speaker at Innovation Island Symposium 2019 On Feb 8th, Jack visited Okinawa to participate as a guest speaker at “Innovation Island Symposium 2019”, an event organized by Singularity University, together with Ryukyu University of Japan. Jack has been invited as one of the inspiring people to challenge and innovate the society; the toilets for the poor. The speech was given by the title “Social Innovation for 100 million people with Toilet”. Singularity University, based on California, United States, is working on with " exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all", hosts a community for entrepreneurs, corporations, global nonprofits, governments, investors, and academic institutions in more than 127 countries. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.04.17
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Sanitation Workshop in India Jack Sim aka "Mr. Toilet", Founder of the World Toilet Organization, hosted a workshop focused on sanitation in India at the 17th Clean India Show. His presence is a huge inspiration for regular attendees. The workshop dove into what it takes to design a good public toilet, the problems faced with toilet design, usage and treatment, and what is desired and aspirational for the customers, users, and community. Jack, delighted with recent development, has commented; "Indian government is currently building 110 million toilets for its poor. This is the biggest toilets construction project in the history of Mankind. I am glad to be able to contribute constructively to this historic moment. With proper toilets, women, men and children will enjoy health, safety and dignity for their lives ". https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.04.15
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Jack’s Poem Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization, is also a Poet! Below is one of his poems shared last month on Facebook:   Essentials of Life: Something to do. Something to love. Something to look forward to. Miseries of Life: Nothing to do. Nothing to love. Nothing to look forward to. Retirement is not for me.   https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.02.01
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More People in the World Have Access to a Mobile Phone Than a Toilet. World Toilet Day has been raising awareness about the taboo topic of sanitation which impacts more than 1/3rd of our population. This year, numerous publications picked up on the problem with eye-opening facts and compelling initiatives such as: NHK World Japan which addressed "Blueprints of the toilets to be used at the venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games were introduced at a symposium observing World Toilet Day," Time Magazine on the "Crisis That Potentially Puts Millions of Lives at Risk" citing "an estimated 4.5 billion people across the world lack access to proper sanitation," and BBC on how "The United Nations has set a goal of making sure everyone in the world has a safe toilet by 2030." https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.01.29
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Report from the World Toilet Summit 2018 in Mumbai. World Toilet Day was founded in part to raise awareness about a historically taboo topic despite major sanitation problems affecting nearly 1/3rd of the world's population. This year’s event hosted in Mumbai raised awareness about how sanitation is affecting the Indian population with astounding facts such as, “it is estimated that almost 23% of adolescent girls in India drop out from schools due to lack of separate toilet facilities." Addressing issues such as these, the event set out to provide a special focus on the evolution and journey of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and a foundation in motivating the successful completion of reaching 100% WASH coverage in households and schools in India. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
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2019.01.18
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Humanity Is the Most Important Thing for Jack Sim As a 'Changemaker', Jack strives to make a difference in the lives of others - particularly those affected by impoverished situations. Several efforts he has spearheaded include the founding of the World Toilet Organization to help the 1/3rd of the population that suffers from bad sanitation and serving as the president of Think Equal Singapore a program dedicated to creating a more caring and thoughtful generation of future leaders. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING

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