Jack Sim – World Toilet Organization
Jack Sim founded the World Toilet Organization ("the other WTO!") in 2001 when he realized that 40% of the world population had no toilets: "Sometimes they have TV, but no toilets!"
He later founded the World Toilet College with Singapore Polytechnic and won the Schwab Foundation Award For Social Entrepreneurship in 2006.
In this short interview with Global X, he recalls his youth in poor Singapore of the 60′s and makes the unavoidable scatological jokes.
He then explains why he launched the WTO. The day he turned 40, he realized that he was half-way done with his life and decided to do something important: "A person’s life is finite, it doesn’t go beyond 80. If you want a full life, you shouldn’t focus only on making money. You should find a greater meaning and use this time allocated to you in a useful way and help other people."
In case you are ready to follow in his footsteps, Jack Sim mentions that the WTO needs volunteers, so if you are an expert in your field, the organization may even customize a program just for you!
And don’t forget that November 19 is World Toilet Day and that the World Toilet Summit & Expo 2008 will take place in Macao November 4-6.
After watching Jack Sim, watch Isaac Durojaiye’s X-Interview. The founder of Lagos-based DMT Toilets explains how he is improving sanitation and public health while creating new jobs.