Action at Japan's Second Harvest | Charles McJilton | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

Social entrepreneur Charles McJilton discusses the concept of "starting with why" and how it can be applied in food banking to motivate change and address social issues.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How does Second Harvest Japan create value for donors and recipients?

Second Harvest Japan collects food that would otherwise be thrown away, allowing donors to engage in community work and CSR initiatives. By distributing this food to those in need, recipients are nourished and can use it as a tool for communication and connection within their families.

Q: How does Second Harvest Japan build trust and equality with food industry partners?

Second Harvest Japan focuses on creating equal relationships with food industry partners and emphasizes trust. Instead of soliciting donations, all 1,300 partner companies approached Second Harvest Japan and offered agreements. This approach ensures that the organization and its partners are on the same level, promoting equality.

Q: How does Second Harvest Japan approach the issue of food loss and waste?

Second Harvest Japan recognizes the importance of addressing the issue of food loss and waste but focuses on its core why, which is to provide food to those in need. By shifting the focus from criticizing movements and definitions to sharing personal stories and experiences, Second Harvest Japan aims to engage in the conversation in a way that reflects its values.

Q: What is Second Harvest Japan's vision for the future?

Second Harvest Japan aims to make food available to 100,000 people by 2020, with a long-term goal of ensuring that everybody has enough food. The organization envisions a safety net where food is seen as a public asset, and even those who don't currently experience food insecurity understand the value of providing meals to those in need.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Charles McJilton introduces himself as a social entrepreneur and discusses the concept of starting with why in his organization, Second Harvest Japan.

  • He explains how Second Harvest Japan collects food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to those in need, creating value for both the donors and recipients.

  • McJilton shares personal experiences that led to his shift in perspective from feeling responsible for the world's problems to choosing to respond and make a difference through food banking.

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