About the Speaker
“We should measure our graciousness according to the cleanliness of our public toilets”.
These words by then-PM Goh Chok Tong resonated deeply with Jack Sim. Currently, 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, and 1.5 million people die from sanitation-related causes per year.
As such, former businessman Jack Sim took it upon himself to flush out the problem, and founded the World Toilet Organisation (WTO) in 2001, which works with governments towards delivering sustainable sanitation and public health policies.
The WTO motioned for 19 November to be recognised as the official UN World Toilet Day. Today, World Toilet Day has an annual outreach of 3 billion annually. Recognised as Time magazine’s “Hero of the Environment” in 2008, Jack believes that there is greater satisfaction in helping others than fulfilling one’s material pleasures.
“On our last day of life, we do not say: I’ve got more money than you, hahaha… and die”. – Jack Sim
Join us on Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 7.30pm for an evening of inspiration and roaring laughter as Jack enthrals us with his unique blend of potty humour and hard facts. Sewer there!
About the In Search of Purpose Talk Series
In Jan 2015, Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) launched the In Search of Purpose Talk Series (ISOP), a TED-style inspirational talk series that seeks to help adults and youth discover their bigger role in society. Speakers, either local or overseas, are invited to share their personal stories and experiences about various topics that we hope will encourage the audience members to give back and be part of a more caring community in Singapore. The bimonthly talk is hosted by Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District.
Speakers featured in previous ISOP talks include:
Mr Lim Siong Guan, group president of GIC
Ms Ann Medlock and Mr John Graham, founders of Giraffe Heroes Project
Mr Benny Se Teo, CEO and founder of Eighteen Chefs
Mr Kenny Low, founder of City College and O School
Ms Eunice Olsen, founder of WomenTalkTV
Dr Tan Lai Yong, lecturer and director for outreach and community engagement at NUS College of Alice & Peter Tan
Mr Louis Ng, executive director and founder of Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)
Ms Chia Yong Yong and Ms Leslie Chia, special needs advocates
Dr Goh Wei Leong, chairman and co-founder of HealthServe
Ms Kuik Shiao-Yin, director and co-founder of The Thought Collective
Ms Belinda Lee, goodwill ambassador for World Vision Singapore
Mr Bob Lee, renowned photographer
Our previous ISOP sessions are available on our Youtube page here.
If you have any speaker or a particular topic that you will love to hear in our future talks, drop Jeremy an email at Jeremy_LOH_from.TP@pa.gov.sg.