Insights from tech leaders having a positive social impact

Amongst the hustling and bustling, clinking wine glasses, Spotify kitchen swagger playlist and kids running around, a couple of things stuck out from our community event last week.

 
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1. Change is beneficial – Hear The Conscience Organisation's exclusive interview with Nate Hurst, HP's Chief Sustainability Officer, on how HP saw $1 billion of revenue tied to it's social impact programs...

 
 

2. Being an entrepreneur is challenging and rewarding

While taking us through his professional journey from serving in the Australian Army for over 19 years to co-founding Sonder, Chris Marr shared his insights on the challenges and incredible rewards associated with leading and growing a team.  The most critical part being, running fast and always keeping ahead of the forces against you.  Using his military training and extensive communication skills, Chris explained how he co-created a technology with three former colleagues which provides assistance to Australians needing help by connecting off duty emergency professionals in under 20 minutes all around Australia.

 

 
  Chris Marr and Clive Burcham

Chris Marr and Clive Burcham

 

3. Profit and purpose go hand in hand

To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.  90% of shoppers worldwide are more likely to switch to brands that support a good cause, given similar price and quality.  Nate Hurst demonstrated that HP's $1 billion USD financial growth is tied to sustainability programs including a program educating over 15 million children in India via solar powered buses.

4. Impact is not ephemeral

Change does not just impact the here and now; it can have a far wider reaching consequences for future generations.  President Clinton's former environmental quality advisor and HP's current Chief Sustainability Officer, Nate Hurst gave an insight into how HP's program in Haiti, which sees discarded plastics recycled into ink cartridges following the devastating 2010 earthquake, has not only helped women like Rosette earn a living but also ensured her children get an education and have a better quality of life.  The initiative is also helping to rebuild the country's infrastructure, aiding its long-term recovery.

 

 
 

5. There is more to come...

David Ohana will be the main guest speaker for our next community event in July.

  David Ohana with Ban Ki-moon, eigth Secretary General of the United Nations at the Polar Ice Rim.  Standing on rapidly melting polar ice.  Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the world for urgent measure to be taken to combat climate change.

David Ohana with Ban Ki-moon, eigth Secretary General of the United Nations at the Polar Ice Rim.  Standing on rapidly melting polar ice.  Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the world for urgent measure to be taken to combat climate change.

  David Ohana with Beyoncé and Ban Ki-moon in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, New York.    

David Ohana with Beyoncé and Ban Ki-moon in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, New York.

 

We also wanted to thank everyone who attended for helping us spread the good vibes.  We hope to see you soon.

To watch Nate Hurst's full interview click here

Tom Murray