Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of charity: water, and the New York Times Bestselling author of Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World. In 13 years, with the help of more than 1 million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised more than $400 million and funded more than 44,000 water projects in 28 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 10 million people with clean, safe drinking water. If you would like to help bring clean water to the world, consider joining charity:water’s monthly donation program, The Spring at thespring.com. If you sign up, forward your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a free, personalized, and autographed copy of my forthcoming book Think Like a Rocket Scientist. In this episode Scott and I discuss: How Scott transformed himself from hard-partying nightclub promoter with substance abuse problems to a global humanitarian organization founder How Scott’s first humanitarian mission in war-torn Liberia inspired the creation of charity: water Why being a philanthropic outsider was an advantage for Scott when he started charity: water Scott’s three key elements to great storytelling Why Scott celebrated the workers who crashed a million-dollar well drilling rig What Scott would say to his younger self who founded charity: water Resources mentioned The Spring Video about charity:water’s work in India My book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life, is now available for pre-order (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound). I’ve been ecstatic about the early reviews. The book was named a “must read” by Susan Cain (NYT Bestselling Author of Quiet), “endlessly fascinating” by Daniel Pink (NYT Bestselling Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind), and “bursting with practical insights” by Adam Grant (NYT Bestselling Author of Originals). If you pre-order the book, you’ll get digital access to the book to read on your favorite device within seven days of your pre-order. That means you can start reading it months before the book is released to the public. You’ll also get pre-order bonuses worth at least 10 times the cost of the book. You can check out the bonuses at rocketsciencebook.com. I’m personally donating my royalties from the pre-order sales of the book (up to $10,000) to charity: water. Every 10 pre-orders will bring clean water to 1 person in need.
You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water. A master storyteller, Scott built his nonprofit on 3 radical principles: (1) 100% of donations would go to water projects (not overhead) (2) Progress reports would be utterly transparent, sharing victories, defeats and even GPS coordinates of water wells (3) The brand’s storytelling would lead with hope instead of guilt, inspiring joyful participation without sacrificing honesty. Cameo appearance: Jonathan Gottschall (fellow at Washington & Jefferson College & author).
In this episode, Charity: water CEO Scott Harrison discusses his journey from nightclub promoter to philanthropist, his work to bring clean water to underserved communities around the world, and how he is disrupting the way nonprofits recruit talent. The interview is moderated by Goldman Sachs' Dane Holmes.Date: April 26, 2019 This podcast should not be copied, distributed, published or reproduced, in whole or in part, or disclosed by any recipient to any other person. The information contained in this podcast does not constitute a recommendation from any Goldman Sachs entity to the recipient. Neither Goldman Sachs nor any of its affiliates makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in this podcast and any liability therefore (including in respect of direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage) is expressly disclaimed. The views expressed in this podcast are not necessarily those of Goldman Sachs, and Goldman Sachs is not providing any financial, economic, legal, accounting or tax advice or recommendations in this podcast. In addition, the receipt of this podcast by any recipient is not to be taken as constituting the giving of investment advice by Goldman Sachs to that recipient, nor to constitute such person a client of any Goldman Sachs entity.Copyright 2019 Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC. All rights reserved.
Scott Harrison is the founder of Charity: Water and the author of NY Times Best-seller, "Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World." Scott sits down with Mike to talk about the death of his mother this year and how to find optimism in the midst of suffering. He shares about how he uniquely processed his grief and the pressures of balancing family and the mission to bring clean water to over 1 billion people.
Scott's New Book: "Thirst"
(All proceeds from Scott's book goes to support clean water projects)
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