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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Samaritan’s Feet Works to Put Shoes on 10 Million Children Worldwide

This is a guest post from Patrick Thean who is the CEO and co-founder of Rhythm Systems (http://www.rhythmsystems.com/), a cloud-based strategy execution software platform that facilitates airtight execution and measurability for mid-market CEOs.

More than 30 years ago in Lagos, Nigeria, a missionary approached a young boy and invited him to enter a contest where the prize was a pair of shoes. For many in Africa, owning shoes was a luxury. In fact, there are an estimated 1.2 billion children worldwide who go without shoes every day and more than one million that die each year from footborne diseases.

The young boy, Manny Ohonme, won the contest and earned his very first pair of shoes. What stayed with him however, was the missionary’s encouragement to keep reaching for his dreams. That’s why in 2003 during a trip home to Nigeria, Manny decided to help others the way he had been helped. Along with his wife, he began Samaritan’s Feet, a humanitarian aid organization that provides shoes to impoverished children around the world.

I first met Manny at a conference where he was volunteering. As soon as we engaged in conversation, I knew he was a hard worker, willing to go the extra mile. I hired him right out of college to work at my previous company. During his three years working for me, Manny developed his leadership skills and business acumen. It was very exciting for all of us when Manny felt called to start Samaritan’s Feet and help save children around the world.

Patrick Thean

When Manny started Samaritan’s Feet, he came to me for help. We talked about the need to establish a long-term goal that would inspire him and his team to stretch and be challenged to change the world. He worked on this and came back with his initial long-term goal to put 10 million pairs of shoes on the feet of 10 million children over the next 10 years.

Around this same time, I was coming up with the idea for a new company, Rhythm Systems, which I co-founded just a few years later as a strategy execution software platform that combines coaching, patented software and online tools to help businesses execute plans and strategies to reach their goals. With a lofty goal of 10 million shoes for 10 million kids, Manny and I held a strategy session to develop his long-term plan and map out how to execute that plan. Using the same “Think, Plan, Do” methodology we use to help companies achieve their dreams, Manny and I walked through his many ideas and picked the ones that would make the greatest impact, including a barefoot walk from Charlotte to Atlanta, a “Barefoot for Barefeet” awareness campaign in schools, and a global media campaign. We planned how we would get to his goal and set metrics along the way to help him determine if adjustments needed to be made weekly and/or quarterly to keep the plan on-track.

By successfully executing these strategies, Samaritan’s Feet was able to donate one million Crocs, one million shoes from Sears, and 1.1 million Sketchers to kids around the world. Samaritan’s Feet and its team of ambassadors and partners were able to surpass the initial goal of donating five million shoes to children in need in more than 60 nations, while also inspiring 18 other organizations to get involved.

“The Rhythm Systems methodology has helped keep us focused on going after our big goals, especially in our earlier days,” said Manny. “We’ve surpassed our goal of donating five million shoes, but more importantly, we have inspired 18 other organizations to start distributing shoes with a collective net global impact of 21 million people served with our vision.”

Manny was determined to make a different both in his homeland and worldwide. He has continued the legacy of hope and encouragement he got from that missionary so many years ago. Today, he is making a difference in the lives of millions of children all around the world.

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‘Nigeria Is Paving The Way For A Polio-free Africa’

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

“Nigeria is paving the way for a polio-free Africa,” according to John Vertefeuille, team lead for Nigeria at the Centers for Disease Control.

With the World Health Organization reporting no cases of polio in Nigeria since July 24, 2014 and the last in Africa reported in August, Vertefeuille’s enthusiasm is well-founded.

The infrastructure that supports polio immunizations was used early in the West African’Ebola epidemic to stop its spread in Nigeria, Vertefeueille notes. “The recent Ebola outbreak in Nigeria was successfully interrupted in part because the polio eradication response infrastructure was used; in particular, members of the Nigeria Polio Emergency Operations Center were deployed to coordinate the multi-agency Ebola response.”

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Vertefeueille adds cautiously, “Final steps toward polio eradication in Nigeria will require continued national program innovations and strategies to improve polio vaccine coverage for underserved and hard-to-reach communities.”

On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 5:00 Eastern, Vertefeueille will join me for a live discussion about ending polio in Africa once and for all. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about the Centers for Disease Control:

For more than 60 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has used its scientific expertise to help people throughout the world live healthier, safer, longer lives. CDC’s Center for Global Health coordinates and manages the agency’s resources and expertise to address global challenges such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, emergency and refugee health, non-communicable diseases, injuries, and more.

The Center for Global Health leads the execution of CDC’s global health approach, working in partnership to assist Ministries of Health to plan, manage effectively, and evaluate health programs; achieve U.S. Government program and international organization goals to improve health, including disease eradication and elimination targets; expand CDC’s global health programs that focus on the leading causes of mortality, morbidity and disability, especially chronic disease and injuries; generate and apply new knowledge to achieve health goals; and strengthen health systems and their impact. CDC remains committed to ensuring that every dollar spent achieves maximum public health impact.

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Boy with polio with his mom in front of their home in, Nigeria. Photo credit Stacey Hoffman, CDC

Vertefeuille’s bio:

John F. Vertefeuille, Ph.D., M.H.S., is the team lead for Nigeria in the CDC Polio Response. He oversees all CDC’s polio eradication work in Nigeria and supervises a large staff both in Nigeria and at CDC HQ in Atlanta.

Dr. Vertefeuille has served as the CDC Country Director in Haiti, Tanzania and Nigeria where he led CDC efforts working in partnership with other U.S. government agencies and national health agencies on public health programs such as HIV, tuberculosis, cholera, vaccine preventable diseases, emergency obstetrics care, malaria, and lymphatic filariasis.

In Haiti, he worked to expand access to HIV services and rebuild the public health infrastructure following the devastating earthquake of January 2010 and the cholera outbreak that began in October of the same year.

In Tanzania, Dr. Vertefeuille managed public health investments primarily focused on HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

In Nigeria, Dr. Vertefeuille oversaw the growth of the CDC program from eight people to a 65-person country office. During this time, he strategically designed interventions to increase access to quality life-saving HIV services, to greatly improve laboratory diagnostics in the country, and guided the outbreak response and the diagnosis of the first human case of H5N1 avian influenza in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Cancer Research Institute Suggests Cancer Cure Could Come

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

Jill O’Donnell-Tormey is the CEO and director of scientific affairs for the Cancer Research Institute, which focuses its research budget on promising cancer immunotherapy research.

In recent years, new drugs like Yervoy, Opdivo and Keytruda have some people talking about “curing” cancer–and it isn’t just the patients.

“As a scientist, I have been reluctant in the past to use the word “cure” when it comes to cancer, but the durable remissions we are now seeing in some previously untreatable patients gives me and many others great hope that we will, in fact, one day eliminate cancer deaths and effectively cure this disease,” O’Donnell-Tormey says.

“The immune system plays an important role in cancer development and control, and we’re learning through scientific research how the two are related, with the end result being new ways to treat and in some cases prevent cancer with drugs that augment and direct the body’s inherent defenses,” she concludes.

On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 4:00 Eastern, O’Donnell-Tormey will join me for a live discussion about this promising field of research that could lead to a cancer cure. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about the Cancer Research Institute:

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), established in 1953, is the world’s only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to transforming cancer patient care by advancing scientific efforts to develop new and effective immune system-based strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and eventually cure all cancers. Guided by a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Council that includes three Nobel laureates and 26 members of the National Academy of Sciences, CRI has invested $282 million in support of research conducted by immunologists and tumor immunologists at the world’s leading medical centers and universities, and has contributed to many of the key scientific advances that demonstrate the potential for immunotherapy to change the face of cancer treatment.

CRI is currently seeking riders to participate in its 150+ mile Ride to Conquer Cancer, taking place next June in the New York City metro area. The Ride promises to be an important source of renewable funding to support CRI’s research and education programs. Interested riders can register at www.ridetovictory.org/ny.

O’Donnell-Tormey’s bio:

Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., is chief executive officer and director of scientific affairs of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization founded in 1953 that is today the global leader in supporting and coordinating research aimed at harnessing the immune system’s power to conquer all cancers. She joined the organization in 1987 as director of scientific affairs, and has been chief executive since 1993.

Prior to joining CRI, she served as a research associate in the department of medicine at Cornell University Medical College and as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of cellular physiology and immunology at The Rockefeller University.

She serves on the boards of CT Atlantic AG, a Swiss biotechnology company focused on the research and development of novel, human-derived antibodies for the treatment of cancer; Richmond University Medical Center; and the Staten Island Foundation. In 1998, she was named one of Irish America magazine’s “Top 100” Irish Americans, and in 2002 she received the Fairleigh Dickinson University Pinnacle Award, the highest honor bestowed on its alumni. She received the Cancer Research Institute’s 2013 Frederick W. Alt Award for New Discoveries in Immunology, which the Institute awards to formerly funded postdoctoral fellows who make significant contributions to immunology research.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a doctor of philosophy in cell biology from The State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center.

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How Syria Beat Its Polio Outbreak

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

The battle to eradicate polio from planet is at once entirely global and at the same time a very individual process–every single child must be immunized.

Between those two extremes are regional battles to control outbreaks and prevent children from being paralyzed. On October 29, 2013, the first case of polio was reported in Syria after an absence of 14 years. The conflict in Syria was devastating to public health, reducing routine immunizations from 99 percent to 52 percent.

By the end of April of 2014, 36 children in Syria and two in Iraq were paralyzed, but the outbreak appears to have been controlled due to massive efforts on the ground.

On Friday, January 9, 2014 at 2:00 Eastern, Chris Maher, Manager for Polio Eradication and Emergency Support for the World Health Organization in Syria will join me for a live discussion about the efforts to manage polio through the conflicts and displacements that have impacted millions of people. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about the World Health Organization:

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the public health arm of the United Nations (UN). Mr Maher works with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the largest public health initiative aimed at eradicating polio. The Initiative is a partnership between national governments and spearheading partners, namely, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, and Rotary International. Other important partners have also joined the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, including regional partners

Maher’s bio:

Chris Maher has worked in the public health sector for the past three decades and specifically in polio eradication for 21 years. He joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1993 working on immunization. Maher spent the first eight years working in the Western Pacific Region, based in Manila, and his position had him covering over 30 countries. He has been involved in polio eradication at every level from organizing local vaccination campaigns, investigating cases of paralysis, through to running the technical elements of the global program.

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Impact Investor Shares Lessons Of Over 100 Investments

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

John Goldstein of Imprint Capital is one of the rare breed of impact investors who has logged some real miles on this path and has some lessons to share as a result.

“In impact investing, people often find themselves stuck at the drawing board – asking broad, sweeping questions as a prelude to determining what to do. In our experience, the drawing board is a great place to ask questions, but a lousy place to answer them. The right question is not whether to do it (or any of the related sub-questions), but what to do and how to do it well,” he says.

He goes on to say, “People perpetually want to make sweeping generalizations about impact investing – does it have good returns or lousy returns? Lots of impact or no impact? In my experience the answer to most of these questions is the much more reasonable (albeit less satisfying) ‘it depends.’”

On Friday, January 9 at noon Eastern, we’ll have an opportunity to explore Goldstein’s insights further during a live discussion about his experience making impact investments. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about Imprint Capital:

Imprint Capital creates custom impact investing programs and portfolios for leading foundations (have worked with 10 of the US’s largest 25 foundations), family offices, and financial institutions. We have made over 100 impact investments across mission areas and asset classes and have over $500 MM under advisement as of September 30, 2014.

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Goldstein’s bio:

Mr. Goldstein co-founded Imprint Capital in June 2007. He leads the firm’s business development initiatives, works closely with many of Imprint’s clients particularly on strategy formation, and directs continuous improvement of impact monitoring and reporting. Previously, Mr. Goldstein was a co-founder of Medley Capital Management (MCM), a private investment firm that invests in corporate and asset-based financing opportunities globally. Prior to forming MCM, Mr. Goldstein served as Senior Managing Director of Medley Global Advisors, a leading independent policy intelligence firm for the world’s largest financial institutions that was sold to private equity firms in December of 2005. During that time, Mr. Goldstein co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the Medley Institute, where he worked with a variety of development actors globally as a board member, senior advisor or team member, including Global Giving, Distributed Capital, the International Interfaith Investment Group (3iG), Keystone/Access, the Sustainable Food Lab, Synergos/Generon/Monitor’s Social Capital Market Accelerator, Aquaya, Triple Bottom Line Institute, the Global Exchange for Social Investment, and the United Nations Capital Development Fund. Additionally, in that capacity, Mr. Goldstein has been a presenter at a range of conferences and events in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Goldstein was a management consultant in the strategy practice of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), working with senior executives around the world in a number of industries on issues such as brand strategy, “buyer values” market research, global M&A, scenario planning, and new product development. Mr. Goldstein was an honors graduate of Yale University where he was awarded the Richter Fellowship and the Townsend Prize.

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Celebrity Dentist Focuses On Giving Back

Celebrity Dentist Bill Dorfman is a real philanthropist at heart.

His LEAP Foundation helps middle-school students from around the world prepare to for successful careers. By bringing students from diverse backgrounds onto the UCLA campus and providing them with motivational content from top speakers.

He’s also worked to support Smiles for Life, Tomorrow Trust and the Los Angeles Battered Women’s Shelter and Safe Passages.

On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM Eastern, Bill will join me for a live discussion about his work. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. 

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about the LEAP Foundation:

LEAP is a non-profit education foundation that annually organizes a youth leadership program held at UCLA.  Each year, hundreds of students travel from across the globe to attend LEAP’s week-long program dedicated to helping young adults uncover the “real-life” skills needed to achieve great success.

LEAP’s goal is to help young people from around the world find professional and personal success by teaching them real-life keys to success such goal-setting, mentorship, self-motivation, professionalism, and effective communication skills.  All of these skills are vital to success, yet omitted from traditional educational system.

LEAP hosts two programs which run concurrently during the week-long LEAP Leadership Seminar: The LEAP High School Program (grades 9–12) and The LEAP Young Adult Program (18-24 year olds). Each program has the same core-curriculum. Students learn social and business etiquette, effective communication, how to find a mentor, how to acquire confidence, to set goals, make the most of their high school and college experience, study smarter, identify and create a career plans, network professionally, manage money, and maintain a healthy body and mind.  

What makes LEAP impactful is not just the curriculum, but the the way that it is presented.  LEAP teaches these skills with the help of the nation’s top success and motivational speakers. Speakers share their life experiences, which are weaved into the curriculum. By having exciting and high-profile speakers, LEAP teaches Systems for Success in a unique way and gives life to otherwise “dull” topics. 

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Bill’s bio:

He has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and dedicated his life to helping others. Dr. Bill has been featured on TV shows like ABC’s Extreme Makeover and CBS’s The Doctors, and has helped thousands of patients smile.

Dr. Bill has been a highly sought after motivational leader for young adults and is the Co-Founder of Discus Dental – one of the world’s leading dental companies who’s products BriteSmile, Zoom!, Nite White & BreathRx have become household names worldwide. At its peak sales were in excess of $176 million dollars a year and in December 2010 Discus Dental was was acquired by Philips, makers of Sonicare. He is the author of the NY Times Best Seller, Billion Dollar Smile, and is frequently featured on TV shows such as Larry King Live, The Tyra Banks Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, E! and more.

Dr. Bill is a loving father of three daughters and recipient of 14 Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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New Center For Homeless Youth To Provide Housing

The Volunteers of America, Utah new Homeless Youth Resource Center is beginning to take shape. With just $1 million in funding lacking for the $6 million center, homeless youth in Utah can take heart.

The new center will provide youth not only with a safe place to visit during the day, but for the first time it will provide a place to spend the night for up to 30 homeless youth.

Zach Bale, Chief Development Officer for VOA-Utah, says, “Investing now in youth who are on the street can prevent years of trauma, and homelessness that often continues into adulthood. At Volunteers of America, Utah, we’re looking to help youth find a better life, and our Homeless Youth Resource Center is the way to do it.”

Zach puts services in context, noting, “Meeting youth’s most basic needs of hunger, safety, and cleanliness is fundamental; while creating a path to education, employment and housing is what truly transforms.”

“Social issues such as youth homelessness, if seen as a sort of litmus test, can tell us a lot about our current economy, state of family life, and general community well-being.”

On January 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM Eastern, Zach will join me for a live discussion about the effort to build the new center for homeless youth. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. 

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More about Volunteers of America, Utah

Volunteers of America, Utah is a human services nonprofit organization with more than 130 paid staff who serve more than 10,000 people across the state each year through programs addressing homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. Thousands of volunteers and partners join with us to accomplish our mission to reach and uplift those in greatest need.

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Zach’s bio:

Zach Bale serves as the Chief Development Officer for Volunteers of America, Utah. He is responsible for oversight of fundraising, resource development, marketing, and public relations for the organization. Mr. Bale is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Fifteen years of experience in social enterprise both domestic and abroad, non-profit evaluation, consultation, and administration. He received his MSW from the University of Utah and his MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Zach is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Honduras) and enjoys every minute he can spend outside in the mountains, desert, or ocean.

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Rob Holzer Helps Corporations Put Their Good On

Rob Holzer is a kind of a big deal. 

As the CEO of and Founder of Matter Unlimited, Rob helps organizations rebrand themselves with greater social impact at the heart of the new image.

Plotting a long-term plan for reorienting a company around social purpose can seem daunting, particularly for large established companies, but is quite possible if approached strategically as long-term change management and brand evolution rather than through a lens of a traditional advertising or marketing campaign,” he says.

Making the case for making the change, Rob says, “Creating a plan for social responsibility does more than help the communities in which you operate; it becomes a snowball effect within the entire organization. It begins to improve the quality of employee’s work, their purpose for being there, the consumer outlook on the company and draws in fresh talent who is eager to be a part of the culture of good you have created.”

The idea of “Pragmatic Idealism” is something we strongly believe in, and something we try to drive into the core of each company we work with. Businesses need to act like businesses but they need to move from a singular drive for profit to a more integrated balance of profit and positive social impact,” he concludes.

On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 3:00 Eastern, Rob will join me for a live discussion about his strategies for helping companies genuinely become more socially engaged. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

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More about Matter Unlimited:

Matter Unlimited is an organization that that challenges clients to orient their business, brand, and products through a lens of social impact. Inspired by the prescient idea that social responsibility creates a long-term competitive advantage, Matter Unlimited takes an elevated approach to corporate social responsibility by strategizing short and long-term social good plans that mutually benefit company and consumer. Founded in 2011 by advertising/digital agency veteran, Rob Holzer, Matter Unlimited works to galvanize a spirit of selflessness within companies, non-profits, and foundations, increasing social consciousness within successful companies and creating more positive impact on the world.

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Rob’s bio:

Over the past 20 years, Rob has been on the front line of innovation in advertising, digital marketing, and branding. His groundbreaking work for GE’s “Ecomagination” campaign and Obama’s HopeActChange.com site created a new barometer for success in the industry and set the stage for a new form of strategic partnership between agency and client.

Prior to creating Matter Unlimited, Rob was founder and CEO of Syrup which he created in 1998. In 2007, he successfully navigated Syrup through their acquisition by LBi (now part of Publicis). Rob’s client roster includes TED, Clinton Global Initiative, NBCUniversal, Hilton, HP, PUMA, GE, MTV/Viacom, Gucci Group, Christian Dior, Google, and AOL among others.

Rob serves as an industry expert for Hyper Island, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Sustainable Brands Conference, AIGA, The Art Director’s Club, The One Club, NYU, and the League of Advertisers, and is often asked to appear as guest speaker on digital strategy and integrated advertising. He is a certified Shared Value Initiative Affiliate and is a mentor for Brazil-based technology accelerator 21212. Rob volunteers as a mentor for global entrepreneurial non-profit organization Endeavor.org and is the board chair for the non-profit Lineage Project.

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Former Stockbroker Circumnavigates Globe On Motorcycle, Kindness

Leon Logothetis has written a book, The Kidness Diaries, about his unique travels around the world on a motorcycle.

A rare look at human kindness, the book chronicles the kindness of strangers to him as he sought to travel the world relying only on the generosity of others for food, fuel and shelter. Remarkably, the strategy worked and the outcome is his remarkable story.

On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1:00 Eastern, Leon will join me for a live discussion about his travels and his book. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about the Kindness Diaries:

The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.

Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he’s won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life.

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Leon’s bio:

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.

The days of living and working behind his ‘slab of wood’ (or desk to the layman) are well and truly over. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.

The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. And. Doing it all with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!

Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. He is the host of the TV series Amazing Adventures Of A Nobody, which is broadcast across the world by National Geographic International and, over the course of three seasons, sees Leon cross America, the United Kingdom and Europe on just 5 dollars, 5 pounds, and 5 euros a day, respectively.

He recently returned from filming his new TV show The Kind Way Around, in which he circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike Kindness One, giving life changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers.

Leon is no stranger to adventure. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across America, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America.

Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.

His book, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, is in stores now. His new book The Kindness Diaries, published by Readers Digest, will hit bookshelves in December 2014 and chronicles Leon’s circumnavigation of the globe on kindness.

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