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Conscious Capitalism: Start Something That Matters

In conversation with Kai Ryssdal
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Episode Summary
Mycoskie, the man behind TOMS Shoes and Goldhirsh, founder of GOOD, discuss alternatives for creating work that simultaneously fulfills our hunger for material success, philanthropic impact, and personal meaning.

Participant(s) Bio
Blake Mycoskie is the Founder of TOMS. Upon learning that most children in developing countries grow up barefoot, he created TOMS Shoes with a simple promise: to give a pair of new shoes to children in need with every pair sold. The One for One business model harnesses the power of consumers for good and has become the hallmark of social enterprise. TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children through giving partners around the world in 28 countries. This June, TOMS launched its second One for One product, TOMS Eyewear, to help save and restore sight to people in need. On September 6th, Blake launches his first book, Start Something That Matters. With every book purchased, a new children's book will be provided to a child in need. One for One.T

Benjamin Goldhirsh is the co-founder and chairman of GOOD, an editorially led, member-driven community of people, NGOs, and corporations committed to pushing our world forward. Active in both regional and international philanthropic endeavors, Goldhirsh is the Chair of The Goldhirsh Foundation, which supports dynamic social programs, environmental initiatives, and innovative medical research. Goldhirsh serves on the Board of Millennium Promise, an organization guided by the UN's Millennium Development goals to end global poverty, as well as the Los Angeles Board of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the board of City Year Los Angeles.

Kai Ryssdal is the host of Marketplace on American Public Media. Before joining Marketplace, Kai was a reporter and substitute host for The California Report, a news and information program distributed to public radio stations throughout California. His radio work has won first place awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Association. Before his career in public radio, Kai served in the United States Navy, was a Pentagon staff officer, and was a member of the United States Foreign Service.