Shifting our mindset on money to embrace the social good it can be used to support
When money is often associated with corruption and greed, how can we shift our money mindset to be unafraid to work with it so that we can better use it for good? Additionally, how do the issues of disease, poverty, and climate change relate to one another, and what can we do to have the most positive impact to begin to address them all together?
Sharing his wisdom here is Devin Thorpe, an author, speaker, and Founder of Your Mark on the World Center. You'll hear about why having the right money mindset is important for making a positive impact; why corporations aren't going away (and what we can do about it); the interconnected relationship between poverty, disease, and climate change; and more. Let's dive in!
[2:30] What first inspired Devin's passion for the environment.
[3:53] What solidified Devin's dedication to his three primary focuses: poverty, disease, and climate change.
[5:18] How Devin found himself in a career in finance, and then what eventually led him out of it.
[6:59] Kaméa: "What's something you learned from the finance world that you feel like we could use to support our progress for sustainability today?"
[7:20] Devin: "I think all of us in the sustainability world on some level resent the influence of money, but the fact is–money is what makes the world go round."
[8:38] Shifting our mindset on money to embrace the good that it can be used for.
[8:47] Devin: "Money's only real value is the good you can do with it."
[11:47] Why corporations are a necessity in our world today, and what we can do to require more responsibility from them.
[12:39] The fundamentally flawed idea that a corporation's sole reason for being should be to create shareholder value.
[16:20] Kaméa: "What do you think is the best way to influence a large corporation?"
[17:28] Devin's biggest challenge in getting his message out there.
[19:06] Kaméa: "What have you found to be the most effective way to get these topics to resonate with your readers?"
[20:58] How poverty, disease, and climate change are all interrelated on a national and global scale.
[24:22] The role of politics in climate change and poverty and how these are nonpartisan concerns.
[27:04] Devin: "I really think we need to take personal responsibility and never ever, ever forget the astounding need for us to be politically active—we must do both."
[27:28] One easy way individuals can make a positive impact on the environment starting today.
About our Guest
As an author, educator, speaker, and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, Devin Thorpe has established himself as a champion of social good. Having spoken twice at the United Nations and contributed to Forbes with 500 bylines and almost two million unique readers, he's become a recognized name in the social impact arena. His Your Mark on the World show, featuring over 1000 celebrities, CEOs, billionaires, entrepreneurs and others who are out to change the world, has given him a recognizable face as well. His books provide roadmaps to audiences on how to use money for good and have been read over one million times.
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Inspiration: The New York Times' Fixes Column
Note to self: "I remind myself every day that I make a difference."
Health practice: "I run."
Sustainability practice: Devin is working on bringing plastic straw alternatives with him wherever he goes.
Element of hope: "[What makes me hopeful is] you personally and the rising generation of people."
Closing words: "Be politically active and take personal responsibility."