The First All-Inclusive Hawker School for the Disadvantaged, Koh Seng Choon

“Success is a satisfying state of the mind, failure is when you stop trying.”
– Koh Seng Choon

Koh Seng Choon is the founder and managing director of Dignity Kitchen, Singapore’s first hawker training centre for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged. Dignity Kitchen has trained over 400 individuals and successfully given job placements to all of them.

Project Dignity’s mission is to build and return dignity to the disadvantaged and people with disabilities through vocation with passion. Under Project Dignity, it runs several other programs which including Dignity Mama Stall, Dignity Cottage, Lunch Treat for the Elderly and more.

Koh Seng Choon is also the author of 3 books – Elements of Success: Business, Elements of Success: Education and Elements of Success: Living. Elements of Success: Business is a best-seller in India.

Koh Seng Choon is the owner and management consultant of Christopher Benjamin Consultancy Services. 

On the side, he is a professor at SP Jain School of Global Management. 

In this conversation, we spoke about:

  • How Koh Seng Choon negotiated a scholarship with William Cook PLC
  • How Koh Seng Choon built a network in India in a record time
  • The difference of teaching entrepreneurship at Changi Prison and SP Jain school of management
  • and lots more

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Adrian Pang – The Singaporean Actor who Waltzed into Hollywood

Adrian Pang is an artistic director, actor and host. He is also the co-founder of Pangdemonium Theatre Company with his wife, Tracie Pang.

He has won “Best Actor” award at the national Life! Theatre Awards and the 14th Asian Television Awards (ATA).

Adrian has appeared in numerous local and international films including Forever FeverThe Carrot Cake ConversationsUnlucky Plaza and Blackhat.

He also co-wrote, produced and starred in Six Weeks, which aired on MediaWorks in 2004.

Pangdemonium is currently putting on a play, The Pillowman” till March 2017.

“A writer of short stories is being questioned by the police regarding a series of child murders. What do his stories have to do with the gruesome deaths? Why is his brother, a gentle man-child with special needs, being locked up in the next room? Exactly who, or what, is “The Pillowman”? And “what’s in the box?”…”

I hope you enjoy this episode with Adrian Pang.

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Bjorn Shen: Singapore’s Most Rebellious Chef

“Chefs need arrogance, business that wants to build a brand needs arrogance”
– Bjorn Shen

Bjorn Shen (IG: @bjornshen) is the chef-owner of Artichoke, Bird Bird and an ice-cream brand, Neh Neh Pop – their Instagram feed make my stomach growl.

Bjorn Shen is also the author of the Artichoke cookbook and writes a monthly column titled “Bjorn says” for Time Out Magazine.

On the side, he also is a lecturer at Culinary Institute of America.

In this conversation, we spoke about:

  • Story of Bjorn getting robbed while working in a 7/11 store
  • Advice on structuring rental agreement
  • How Bjorn lost $230,000 in 3 months with OverDough
  • Why does Bjorn insist taking his staff on oversea trips and lots more

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This is an interview I will hold close to my heart. Hope you enjoy it!

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How to Live Thoughtfully with Passion, Kuik Shiao-Yin

“Who cares if I get you the ‘A’… and then you come out and have a fake idea of the world.” – Kuik Shiao-Yin

Kuik Shiao-Yin is the co-founder and creative director of The Thought CollectiveIt is comprised of various companiesSchool of Thought, which offers tuition for General Paper and Language Arts; Food for Thought, a socially ethical restaurant chain and Think Tank, a branding and content curation agency.

She is also a two-term Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP).

All at the same time! Where does she find an extra 6 hours in her day?

School of Thought is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary and is opening up limited slots for the general public to attend it’s school lectures. They are also offering free trial classes for students so parents can take advantage of that offer. Apply here.

In this conversation, we spoke about:

  • Caveats to the advice on “following your passion”
  • A good teacher vs a great teacher
  • Experiences as a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP)
  • and much more…

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I hope you enjoy this conversation with Shiao-Yin as much as I did recording it.

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The Sh*t that Put Him on the United Nation Map, Jack Sim

Jack Sim is the founder of the World Toilet Organization (WTO), Base of Pyramid Hub (BoP Hub), World Toilet College (WTC) and the Restroom Association of Singapore.

At the age of 40, he attained financial independence after creating a series of 16 successful businesses. Thereafter, he decided to retire and devote his life to social work.

Jack has been named the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur and is an Ashoka Global fellow. Jack also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship.

Time Magazine named him Hero of the Environment in 2008.

WTO declared November 19 as World Toilet Day which is now been recognised as UN World Toilet Day.

In 2013, at the age of 56, he graduated with Master’s in Public Administration at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. At 59, he graduated from a Silicon Valley think-tank – Singularity University. He is now Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore and Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence INSEAD.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Using the power of leverage in the world of social enterprise
  • The pitfall of having a “definition”
  • What Jack learned in Singularity University
  • And much, much more

Please enjoy this episode with Jack Sim!

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