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Big Changes Happen On Purpose

1 September 2014: posted by BigChange

This week, Tom Rippin, the CEO of On Purpose, was with us as we hiked the Haute Route across the Alps. Tom was amazing on the hike – he kept up well and always had a word of encouragement for his fellow participants.

“Prior to founding On Purpose, I studied for and received a PHD in Cancer Research and then consulted with McKinsey for five years. Originally wanting to work in International Development, I discovered the power of commercial markets and decided to use those to do good in society. I spent some time working for Comic Relief and (RED) and decided to go out on my own when  friends and former colleagues started asking for advice on how to switch into the Social Enterprise space. I found that social enterprises also needed help recruiting talent, and that’s how I came up with the idea for On Purpose.

On Purpose participants, two thirds of whom have had corporate careers so far, have had the common realisation that they can do something more useful with their lives than the corporate grind. Disillusioned with the traditional charity approach, they want to harness their commercial backgrounds for social good.

The idea of life skills, which STRIVE is all about, is a key one and I think that any entrepreneur needs emotional resilience in spades.

The idea of life skills, which STRIVE is all about, is a key one and I think that any entrepreneur needs emotional resilience in spades. Whether you are starting a new business, social enterprise or charity, every day is a roller coaster and you need to be able to take the rough with the smooth. You have to be able to adjust and adapt when there are setbacks.

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What advice would I give to a young person who wants to change the world? Go out and get skills and experience. Whether it be through volunteering with a charity or approaching a business for an apprenticeship, those opportunities are out there and experiential learning is at least as important as classroom learning.”

Go out and get skills and experience. Whether it be through volunteering with a charity or approaching a business for an apprenticeship, those opportunities are out there and experiential learning is at least as important as classroom learning.

Does this sound like something you might be interested in? On Purpose is recruiting early-career professionals interested in a career in social enterprise! Check out their website for more details.