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One for One: Blake Mycoskie

Newsflash: You Can Make Money and Do Good At The Same Time! Really!

Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS ShoesBlake Mycoskie

When someone buys a pair of TOMS Shoes, a pair is given to a child in need. Over 400,000 pairs of shoes have been given to children under the One for One movement since TOMS launched in 2006.

Welcome to a special Innovation Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio, with Peter Clayton reporting from the HCI Global Summit.

Can the purchasing power of individuals be used to foster the greater good? Can an entrepreneur succeed financially and make the world a better place? The amazing success of TOMS Shoes proves that the answer to both of these questions is a resounding "Yes!" Embodying the entrepreneurial spirit of a new generation, Mycoskie has created five businesses since college. In the Bill Gates Time magazine article, "How to Fix Capitalism," TOMS is cited, and Mycoskie caught the attention of AT&T, who has featured him in a major national ad campaign for the last several months.

Mycoskie is an avid reader and traveler. When not flying around the world participating in "shoe drops," he lives on a sailboat in Los Angeles.

Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS ShoesBlake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes

Over 400,000 pairs of shoes have been given to children under the One for One movement since TOMS launched in 2006. The canvas shoes have been given to children in the United States (Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Florida), Argentina, Ethiopia and South Africa. In collaboration with the Clinton Global Initiative, TOMS gave a one time donation of shoes to Haiti. TOMS Shoes are sold at more than 500 stores nationwide and internationally, including Nordstrom and Whole Foods, which features styles made from recycled materials.

Blake Mycoskie is hoping to expand the One for One model into other areas like housing, water and schoolbooks. Mycoskie would like to create partnerships with companies so his customers can buy what they need while the same things are given to those who need it across the globe.

Source: Wikipedia

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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