Smart Means Nothing: What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur | Entrepreneurs for Good

So many of us entrepreneurs think success depends on one critical factor in China: guanxi (relationship). The concept that “it’s not what you know, but who you know, that matters” is an international catchphrase, happily tossed around by business-minded go-getters with confidence that they do, in fact, know the “right people”. But the reality – no matter where you are in the world, but especi…

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Automation & Manufacturing: 3 Insights of China’s Migrant Workers

With an increased number of reports and discussions focused on the impact of automation on jobs, there is a clear (and growing) concern in many areas of the world. It is a concern that we first studied last year as part of our work with the ILO in creating the Future of Work report. This concern, at the time, was seen as misplaced in the minds of many of the executives and factory owners we spoke…

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Dare to Dream, Take the First Step – Entrepreneurs for Good

There are fewer questions more interesting to ask an entrepreneur than, “Why did you do it?” Through this latest installment in our "Entrepreneurs for Good" series, we had a powerful discussion with Sherry Poon, who revealed one of the most interesting insights of how entrepreneurs have to overcome their fear. Sherry Poon is the founder and CEO of wobabybasics, a Shanghai-based innovative app…

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Moving Towards Home: “Hope and Opportunity” Revisited

At the beginning of 2016, we interviewed more than 100 migrant workers in Shanghai. We listened to their bittersweet life stories. One of the stories, in particular, touched our hearts. Check out the video below, and the following article explaining China's unique migration phenomenon. This is a story about 200 yuan and a dream. "Chunyun" refers to the travel season for the Spring Fest…

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Entrepreneurs for Good: Brian Tam

Collective Responsibility has launched a new video series: Entrepreneurs for Good. In each interview, Collective Responsibility's founder, Rich Brubaker, asks entrepreneurs about their businesses, which solve regional social, environmental, or economic challenges. This week, we've released our full interview with Brian Tam. Brian Tam is the Founder and CEO of Let's Make Great!, a company that t…

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China’s Left-Behind Children Disappear

"There are more than 9 million left-behind children in rural China, according to the latest figure announced on Wednesday. But compared to the previous number, 52 million left-behind children have apparently disappeared." Migrants provide the lifeblood for many economies, and nowhere is this more true than in China. As China's industrial revolution took hold, millions of migrant workers floode…

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China’s Waste Collectors: A Profile of Mr. Lu

“Most people can make money from this. It’s pretty normal for waste collectors and people on tricycles to have over a couple million dollars in their bank accounts.”  — Mr. Lu, Manager at a large waste collection center Where is he from? Wenzhou, Zhejiang province What does he do? Mr. Lu is one of Shanghai’s most unique entrepreneurs. Like many large business owners, he has tracked commodi…

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Entrepreneurs for Good: A New Webseries

For the past several weeks, we at Collective Responsibility have been identifying and interviewing leading entrepreneurs who have created, implemented, and directed brands and innovations for the greater good. Each of these entrepreneurs has a story, so we sat down with them and let them tell it. Introducing our new webseries: Entrepreneurs for Good. Entrepreneurs for Good Through this…

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Taking on Takeaway Waste: The Tupperware Challenge

Where does your lunchtime waste go? Unfortunately, ‘landfill’ often answers this question. When consumers like us increasingly rely on plastic-wrapped takeaways to satisfy our lunchtime cravings after a morning's hard work, we contribute to a spreading, damaging plastic waste epidemic – especially here in China. A quick takeaway or delivery is a staple of workday lunches across the world,…

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Rebranding Waste: Refuse is a Resource

Smelly. Useless. Truck. Bin Man. Trash. Annoying. These are all words that popped into people’s heads when asked what they first thought upon hearing the word "waste". A quick Google search reveals other phrases like “worthless”, “no purpose”, “no longer useful or required”, “the unusable remains”. While I don't deny the legitimacy of the definition, it is striking to me how many items and pr…

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