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The Day Mr. Toilet Changed My Life

If you follow us then you’ll know we’re in Bangkok for IFC. The first International Fundraising Congress in Asia. My first IFC, full stop. Now I’m not what you’d consider your typical fundraiser, in fact, there were many moments I felt a bit of a fraud as I don’t work at a ‘charity’. But if I take one thing away from this conference, it was that this wasn’t about fundraising or the third sector.

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It was actually about social impact. And at this precise moment when the penny dropped, it was when I no longer felt like a fraud, but where I felt I was actually empowered. I felt like I could actually make a difference because I already was. IMPACT is what 3 SIDED CUBE is all about. Not profit. Not competitiveness. But building the best technology to change the World. Together as a team.

IFC presentation

I’ve just come out of the closing plenary where I was fortunate enough to hear Jack Sim, aka Mr Toilet, talk sh*t. Yep. He talked about sh*t for a good 45 minutes, and I can honestly say it was for me one of the best talks I have ever attended. His refreshing approach to what he refers to as quite frankly a “sh*t subject” has kept him feeling so fresh about sh*t even though he’s been talking about it for 17 years.

Bouncing onto the stage to discuss the ‘taboo’ subject of poop and how 2.5 billion people have unsafe sanitation he beamed ‘I’m so glad you like shit!”

Jack closed the congress with what he calls a ‘constipated issue’. It was jam packed with substance, puns, reality, inspirational guidance, everything that sums this conference up. But he touched upon a subject very topical for me right now; one I want to call out.

Jack identified that there was a growing trend in this sector, and that trend is ‘a masculine approach to social impact’. What he meant by that was there are no winners here in this sector. If there are winners, there must be losers, and we cannot sustain this movement of social impact long term if there are losers. People will only become disillusioned and not participate thus making social impact harder and harder.


The only way we’ll be able to achieve and sustain great social impact is through a family approach. Simply translated: together. Your peers are not your competitors, and you certainly can’t save the World alone. We can achieve more together than we can alone. Something is more than the sum of its parts.

We’re on this planet together; we’re in this together, so let’s work together.

Predictably Mr Toilet was the most in demand person in the room, but I wasn’t leaving without a picture!

Puff with Mr toilet

PS. Jack Sim is the Founder of the World Toilet Organization (WTO). If you haven’t come across him or his work before I URGE you to research him. Because today he changed my life.

Published on May 7, 2021, last updated on September 19, 2023

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