Co-founder of TEDxCinemaNairobi, TEDxUSIU & TEDxBraeburnSchools.
Co-founder of Karibu Homes Initiative, an affordable housing social enterprise which enables low income families to own homes.
Co-founder of Honey Care Africa (www.honeycareafrica.com) and Galu Beach Retreat (www.destination-adventures.com).
Advisor to the Hawkers Market Girls Centre (www.girlscentre.com).
Director of the White Rose Group (www.whiterose.co.ke)
Academic: B.SC.Eng. in Environmental Engineering from Queen's University, Canada 1994; Masters in Business (MBA) from University of Oxford 1998; Advanced Management Programme at University of Oxford (Colin Mayer Award Scholarship) 2008
Areas of Expertise
Social enterprise, Retail, Franchising
An idea worth spreading
There is a hidden long term value in aiming at a target profit that works WITH consumers, rather than a super-normal profit at the EXPENSE of the consumer (substitute 'consumers' in this sentence with environment, earth, community or any thing you want). The obvious questions is what is a fair profit? For that matter, what is a fair salary? Hard to answer, but should we be thinking of how to approach these questions. Business used to work for us, now we work for it. We used to work for the earth, now the earth works for us. We continue this trajectory because we've stopped thinking.
Knowing what is "enough" is liberating. Money, like food, is a means and not an end in itself. If one has an understanding of what amount of money is enough, it frees them from dedicating their lives to accumulation, and allows them to be givers to society rather than takers from society. We can get to the moon, but can't feed, house or clothe all our people... that is a shameful situation
I'm passionate about
Social enterprise, creating opportunity and choice at the bottom of the pyramid, affordable housing, human dignity, shifting value add to the grassroots, exploring new ways of thinking - TED!
Talk to me about
Affordable housing, building communities, beekeeping and beehives, BoP, community ownership, ways to shift value-add to the grassroots, humour, biking, spiritual retreats.
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
My wife and I started a weekly event called TEDxCinemaNairobi, and a monthly event called TEDxKilimani. Why? We need to intelligently reassess our systems of governance, education, and cultural narratives, and creatively think about the roles of morality, technology, human behaviour and collaborative civil society in our world. This event creates a space for open, exploratory dialogue to understand these issues, to ensure the diversity of our peoples and their thoughts are a source of intelligent constructive creativity rather than conflict.
I met Jacqueline Novogratz in Nairobi... she said something that made me realize even though we commonly measure poverty in terms of income, what's more important is poverty of choice, hope, opportunity, and I suppose ethics, morality and more... it features at all levels of a society.