What’s your carbon imprint and social impact? Get inspired today with podcaster, author, and more… Devin Thorpe!
Devin is a bestselling author and new-media journalist. He calls himself a champion of social good. He travels extensively as a volunteer doing service, as a journalist finding heroes and as a speaker sharing what he’s learned. As a Forbes Contributor, he covers social entrepreneurship and impacts investing, reaching an audience of over 2 million people. He produced 1,200 episodes of his Your Mark on the World show featuring luminary change agents, including Bill Gates. A bestselling author, his books—read over 1 million times—help people use money for good. He has helped nonprofits raise millions of dollars via crowdfunding. He draws on his experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and U.S. Senate staffer. He earned an MBA at Cornell. Frequently finding himself on airplanes, Devin is grateful to be middle-seat-sized.
QUOTE: Money’s only real value is the good you can do with it.
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Mark Zuckerberg at Silicon Slopes Tech Summit:
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Troy Downes of Your Superior Self Podcast
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Timestamped Show Notes:
00:30 – Introduction
10:00 – We all had to do some basic things, we had to reduce our energy waste, we had to drive an electric vehicle, you know, there are some things that are fun and easy to do too.
14:30 – California 20 years ago required auto manufacturers to start selling to electric cars in California. So there was that pressure that catalyzed the beginning of electric cars.
20:00 – When I was in Grad School, I drove the family across the country and we had a blown head gasket. Wondering how far we could go on a blown head gasket. So it drove remarkably well. But every time we would get off the freeway it would start to overheat. Oh yeah on the freeway, it’s middle of wintertime, so you know, it’s zero degrees there.
30:00 – The long flight trips we can switch to biofuels, and we can be completely carbon neutral in the air in 20 or 30 years. No problem, that’s easy. We could do it in 10 if we did it right.
33:00 – When I was 11-years-old, there was a dam in southern Idaho near the town of Rexburg. That failed the first time they filled the dam and in the flood that resulted, left about 80% of the structures in Rexburg, Idaho damaged or destroyed. So people came from all around the western United States that summer to help dig muck and mud out of basements.
43:00 – I’m impressed that you have taken that energy in such a positive direction. I commend you for that. Many people have a choice, one way or another, they have taken the tragedy and gone in a positive direction. I sometimes see evidence of people going in less than positive directions, a complete right turn over to focusing on billions, vilifying entire populations, a lot of negativity, a lot.
50:00 – BlackRock has $7 trillion under management. They have shares in most public companies, thousands of private companies. When BlackRock says this is now required, you have to do environmental reporting, and we’re going to hold you to making environmental progress as well based on that reporting, that’s exciting! That matters because if you are a portfolio company, you have to do it and if you want to be a BlackRock portfolio company, if you want an investment from BlackRock, you’ve got to now know this standard and that is exciting. I mean, we’re going to have every country in the world, every company in the world now have to get serious about this because they will miss the opportunity to be eligible for investment. If they’re not meeting these simple environmental reporting standards, and from once you start to measure it, it’s so much easier to modify it, improve it. So this is a huge game-changer.
01:07:00 – Final Words
Our Final Words of the Show:
I would want to encourage everyone to find a way to do good. There are a lot of people in the world who don’t share any of my politics whom I have learned to love deeply. I see the value they bring to the world and the good that they’re doing. So however you choose to do good, do good, I’m with you.
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