Harris Guevarra

Social Media and Storytelling for Social Entrepreneurs | Harris Guevarra, PH Drinks

In this episode of Entrepreneurs For Good, I speak with Harris Guevarra, Founder of PH Drinks, about building a marketing and communications agency that is specialized around issues of corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and social innovation.

Through the interview we speak about his entrepreneurial path, as well as how social entrepreneurs can better leverage social media.

Internally, there were two really cool things that I appreciated about how Harris is "living" his purpose.  The first is that while he runs a for profit business that works with large brands to communicate their stories, he provides probono services to mission driven organizations.  The second is that he allows for his employees to remain off projects that are not aligned to their own values.

For me, those are both signs of an entrepreneur who has a high degree of self-awareness, and commitment to his values.

About The Entrepreneurs For Good Series:
Through this series, we speak with Asia based entrepreneurs whose mission it is to bring solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges that are faced within the region to learn more about their vision, the opportunities they see, and challenges that they have had to overcome.

It is a series that we hope will not only engage and inspire you, but catalyze you and your organizations into action.

To identify a challenge that is tangible, and build a business model (profit or non) that brings a solution to the market.

About Harris:

Harris Guevarra is the owner, President and CEO of Drink - a Manila-based communications and creative agency specialized on sustainability. The company has been helping top corporations, leading organizations and government agencies to use their sustainability stories in order to strengthen their brands and communicate their impacts to both internal and external stakeholders.

The company’s work has received numerous awards in the Philippines and Southeast Asia since being founded in 2014. Harris himself recently completed a certificate course on Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge‘s Institute of Sustainability Leadership.

Follow Harris:
Drink PH Website: http://drinkph.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harrisguevarra/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harris.guevarra/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisharris

About Rich:
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to take their first step.

Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, Brubaker works with government, corporate, academic and non-profit stakeholders to bring together knowledge, teams, and tools that develop and execute their business case for sustainability.

Follow Rich
Website: http://www.richbrubaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rich.brubaker
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richbrubaker
Instagram: https://instagram.com/richbrubaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/richbrubaker

Contact Rich
social@richbrubaker.com

#richbrubaker #SocialEntrepreneurship #socialmedia


Building Community

Building Community is Important | Behind the Grind, Episode 018

In this episode of Behind the Grind, Brian and I talk about the the vision, process, and tools for building community.

For both of us, connecting to people is one of the reasons why we are doing the work we are doing, and are excited to find new communities to build and interact with.

For Brian, his communities have been a source of inspiration, a testing ground for products, and is built one coffee (or beer) at a time.

For Rich, each platform is a bit different, and the tools that technology have supported the development of physical communities, but driving scale is a challenge that he continues to balance. Something made more challenging given the geographic range of activities, and communities, that he is building.

About the Behind The Grind Series:
Through this podcast series, Brian and I will speak about the realities (as we know them) of entrepreneurship.

Videos will be available every Saturday, and audience participation is HIGHLY encouraged!

About Rich
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, I've spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to understand their power to leverage innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to solve "the big" challenges cities face.

Currently, as the Managing Director of Collective Responsibility, Executive Director of HandsOn China, and a Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), I'm focused on building platforms that promote long term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental, and social hurdles that China faces as the country’s economic growth accelerates.

Follow Rich:
Website: http://www.richbrubaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rich.brubaker
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richbrubaker
Instagram: https://instagram.com/richbrubaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/richbrubaker

About Brian:
Brian Tam leads corporate teams through FIRST TIME EVER challenges. From new business models to fresh brands, as CEO of Let's Make Great! he guides multinational companies in China to systematically create the future and explore uncertainties.

He's the mind behind PROTO Innovation Cards and the author of Awrignawl Creativity.

Born in New York, and proudly raised in New Jersey - he has been in China since 2007, working to drive the fantastic change that is happening in China & the world. Let's Make Great!

Follow Brian:
Website: http://www.letsmakegreat.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brian.tam.56211
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamonline/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/letsmakegreat/

#BehindtheGrind #Entrepreneurship #podcast


Christine Goulay

Sustainable Fashion and Startups | Christine Goulay, Kering Group

In this episode of Entrepreneurs For Good, I speak with Christine Goulay about her work as Sustainability Innovation Manager at The Kering Group to work with entrepreneurs and innovators to solve the sustainability challenges their Group faces.

It is a fresh look at how brands seeing the opportunities to work with externals, and beyond speaking about the challenges of how that works internally, Christine gives some advice to entrepreneurs who are looking to work with them.

About #EntrepreneursForGood Series:
Through this series, we speak with Asia based entrepreneurs whose mission it is to bring solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges that are faced within the region to learn more about their vision, the opportunities they see, and challenges that they have had to overcome.

It is a series that we hope will not only engage and inspire you, but catalyze you and your organizations into action.

To identify a challenge that is tangible, and build a business model (profit or non) that brings a solution to the market.

About Christine
Christine is a corporate sustainability and innovation expert with more than 10 years of professional experience as a venture capital corporate lawyer, running a start-up business, teaching and researching triple bottom line companies, and working for a corporate leader in sustainability in the apparel sector.

Follow Charlene:
Kering Website: https://www.kering.com
Kering Sustainability Website: https://www.kering.com/en/sustainability/
Kering on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMDZYZibcyrf99iEa4CQJkA

About Rich:
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to take their first step.

Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, Brubaker works with government, corporate, academic and non-profit stakeholders to bring together knowledge, teams, and tools that develop and execute their business case for sustainability.

Follow Rich
Website: http://www.richbrubaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rich.brubaker
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richbrubaker
Instagram: https://instagram.com/richbrubaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/richbrubaker

Contact Rich
social@richbrubaker.com

#richbrubaker #SocialInnovation


Celebrating Success

Defining, Measuring, & Celebrating Success | Behind the Grind, Episode 017

In this episode of Behind the Grind, Brian and I speak about the defining, measuring, and celebrating success as entrepreneurs.

Processes that have in many ways have changed a lot over the years.  None more important than recognizing that we need to be better at all three, however maintaining a constant struggle with the later.

About the Behind The Grind Series:

Through this podcast series, Brian and I will speak about the realities (as we know them) of entrepreneurship.

Videos will be available every Saturday, and audience participation is HIGHLY encouraged!

About Rich

Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, I've spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to understand their power to leverage innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to solve "the big" challenges cities face.

Currently, as the Managing Director of Collective Responsibility, Executive Director of HandsOn China, and a Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), I'm focused on building platforms that promote long term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental, and social hurdles that China faces as the country’s economic growth accelerates.

Follow Rich:

Website: http://www.richbrubaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rich.brubaker
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richbrubaker
Instagram: https://instagram.com/richbrubaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/richbrubaker

About Brian:

Brian Tam leads corporate teams through FIRST TIME EVER challenges. From new business models to fresh brands, as CEO of Let's Make Great! he guides multinational companies in China to systematically create the future and explore uncertainties.

He's the mind behind PROTO Innovation Cards and the author of Awrignawl Creativity.

Born in New York, and proudly raised in New Jersey - he has been in China since 2007, working to drive the fantastic change that is happening in China & the world. Let's Make Great!

Follow Brian:

Website: http://www.letsmakegreat.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brian.tam.56211
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamonline/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/letsmakegreat/


Cyrille Filott

Investing in Sustainable Food & Agriculture | Cyrille Filott, Rabobank

In this episode of Entrepreneurs For Good, I speak with Cyrille Filott, Global Strategist for Consumer Foods at Rabobank.

For me, this was a really interesting discussion as I have been working hard to develop an understanding for the interplay between finance and sustainability, and took away a much better understanding for how Rabobank sees sustainability in the food & agricultural space, the role of consumers, and how they are putting their money to work.

About #EntrepreneursForGood Series:
Through this series, we speak with Asia based entrepreneurs whose mission it is to bring solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges that are faced within the region to learn more about their vision, the opportunities they see, and challenges that they have had to overcome.

It is a series that we hope will not only engage and inspire you, but catalyze you and your organizations into action.

To identify a challenge that is tangible, and build a business model (profit or non) that brings a solution to the market.

About Cyrille Filott:
Cyrille Filott is global strategist for Consumer Foods. Within the sector he is focusing on the baked goods chain and various other topics. He is based in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Cyrille is a business economist with a great deal of experience in fund management and equity research. He joined the research team at RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness in 2008. Since the beginning of 2014 he is strategist for the Consumer Foods sector.

Cyrille earned a Master’s degree in Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He also holds a VBA designation.

Follow: Cyrille:
LinkedIn: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/cyrille-filott-16b4586
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cyrille_filott

Follow Rabobank:
Rabobank Website: http://www.goodfoodcommunity.com/

Rabobank Consumer Research: https://research.rabobank.com/far/en/sectors/consumer-foods/index.html

About Rich:
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to take their first step.

Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, Brubaker works with government, corporate, academic and non-profit stakeholders to bring together knowledge, teams, and tools that develop and execute their business case for sustainability.

Follow Rich
Website: http://www.richbrubaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rich.brubaker
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richbrubaker
Instagram: https://instagram.com/richbrubaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/richbrubaker

Contact Rich
social@richbrubaker.com

#richbrubaker #entrepreneurs4good #SocialEntrepreneurship


Entrepreneurs Should Not Be Artists | Behind The Grind, Episode 016

In this episode of Behind the Grind, Brian and I talk about the balance between artistry and practicality.  That, as entrepreneurs, we often start off with a vision for where we can add value, and do everything we can to deliver the "perfect product", but at different stages of the process, this need to be artists can get in the way of achieving our vision.

We need to build teams, build process, and make investments that are at times practical, and for the artists in us that can be very difficult.

To see just how difficult, watch this episode as I speak with Brian about how this nearly cost me everything... and what I have learned as part of the rebuild process.

About the Behind The Grind Series:

Through this podcast series, Brian and I will speak about the realities (as we know them) of entrepreneurship.

Videos will be available every Saturday, and audience participation is HIGHLY encouraged!

About Rich

Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, I've spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to understand their power to leverage innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to solve "the big" challenges cities face.

Currently, as the Managing Director of Collective Responsibility, Executive Director of HandsOn China, and a Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), I'm focused on building platforms that promote long term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental, and social hurdles that China faces as the country’s economic growth accelerates.

Follow Rich:

Website: http://www.richbrubaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rich.brubaker
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richbrubaker
Instagram: https://instagram.com/richbrubaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/richbrubaker

About Brian:

Brian Tam leads corporate teams through FIRST TIME EVER challenges. From new business models to fresh brands, as CEO of Let's Make Great! he guides multinational companies in China to systematically create the future and explore uncertainties.

He's the mind behind PROTO Innovation Cards and the author of Awrignawl Creativity.

Born in New York, and proudly raised in New Jersey - he has been in China since 2007, working to drive the fantastic change that is happening in China & the world. Let's Make Great!

Follow Brian:

Website: http://www.letsmakegreat.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brian.tam.56211
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamonline/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/letsmakegreat/


Monique Maisson

Recycling Plastic Waste into Textiles | Monique Maisson, Waste2Wear

Extremely excited to be kicking off this year's Entrepreneurs For Good series with my conversation with Monique Maissan.

Monique has been a good friend for a number of years, and over the last 2 decades she has an amazing company, Waste2Wear, to upcycle plastics into new products.

Our conversation starts with a bit of her background, and the size and scale of the plastic problem we face, but quickly jumps into the process of building her company, the many lessons she has learned, and some of the innovations and collaborations she is working on to take her mission to the next level.
She is a true leader in the space, and you will learn a lot from this interview.

About The Entrepreneurs For Good Series:
Through this series, we speak with Asia based entrepreneurs whose mission it is to bring solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges that are faced within the region to learn more about their vision, the opportunities they see, and challenges that they have had to overcome.

It is a series that we hope will not only engage and inspire you, but catalyze you and your organizations into action.

To identify a challenge that is tangible, and build a business model (profit or non) that brings a solution to the market.

About Monique
Monique Maissan is a Dutch entrepreneur and textile engineer specialized in Circular Economic solutions for the textile industry.

As CEO and founder of Waste2Wear, she leads a committed team towards sustainable innovation using textile products made from recycled plastic to create a positive environmental impact. The innovations in her company, have been acknowledged through the Entrepreneur the Year award 2012, in the USA from Enterprising Women; the Sustainability Award from the European Economic and Sustainability Committee in 2014; the Women Economic Forum’s Outstanding Women for the Advance of Sustainability award in 2017; The #1 Business Women Of Middle East award in Egypt in 2018; and the She Rockers MyEO Women SDG Award 2019 from EO (Entrepreneur Organization). She is currently nominated for the EY (Ernst & Young) Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 award.

Monique has also founded various social programs, including Waste2Weave, designed to improve the livelihood of Indian women working on hand-looms, while taking plastic out of the environment. She continuously strives to create collaborations with a broad diversity of stakeholders to help to create awareness and to find solutions to protect the environment. This includes collaborations with the Jane Goodall Institute, National Geographic and many more.

Follow Monique:
Waste2Wear Website: https://www.waste2wear.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/monique-maissan-96b2b41/

About Rich:
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to take their first step.

Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, Brubaker works with government, corporate, academic and non-profit stakeholders to bring together knowledge, teams, and tools that develop and execute their business case for sustainability.

Follow Rich
Website: http://www.richbrubaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rich.brubaker
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richbrubaker
Instagram: https://instagram.com/richbrubaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/richbrubaker

Contact Rich
social@richbrubaker.com

#richbrubaker #entrepreneurs4good #SocialEntrepreneurship