If you have been following the create meaning journey you noticed that I have posted updates on twitter and Facebook, but I didn't publish any new interviews in a while. So I thought I give you guys a little heads up on what is happening at the moment and what keeps me so busy here in Asia.
The reason is that besides some inspiring interview partners, I've also met two very innovative companies that caused me to change my travel plans. Even though they operate in different (very different) sectors they have a lot in common. Both are founded by the motivation to make a difference in the world and led by visionary entrepreneurs to make it happen. But there was another thing they shared - both are at a critical stage in the development of their businesses and could use some assistance taking things to the next level. So instead of interviewing them I decided to take these opportunities and use what I have learned over the last 10 years in my career to contribute to their causes.
So I didn't continue my journey as planned to explore China and Japan but took the plane from Hong Kong to Manila to work with BASE, a company that has the mission solve the housing crisis and build a better future for the poor. From the first meeting with the founders I was fascinated with their passion and dedication. They have developed an innovative housing concept that works with local materials (Bamboo), is disaster-resilient (Crucial for countries like the Philippines) and still affordable for the people who need it the most.
They had the technology, a solid business plan and a dedicated team, but they could use some support to bring int all together in a solid strategy. So we did a three day workshop where we nailed down the company purpose, build an inspiring vision and developed the foundation of their brand.
It was an intense workshop, but the week I have spent with them was so rewarding. We are now in the process of bringing the vision to life and I will keep you posted on the progress.