005, Rick Hooper, Barefoot Power | Clean Energy in Developing Countries

005, Rick Hooper, Barefoot Power | Clean Energy in Developing Countries

Rick Hooper, Barefoot Power

Rick Hooper, Barefoot Power

As a Vice President for Philips Electronics, Rick Hooper was actively involved in Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR. While in Thailand, he and his wife supported a local school and charity. There, he began to see the difference that for-profit companies can make.

Today, Rick is the CEO of Barefoot Power, a for-profit social enterprise that assists people in developing countries to access affordable renewable energy while reducing poverty and creating new markets. Today, Barefoot Power has revenues in the tens of millions of dollars.

In this episode of the podcast, we talk about:

  • The trend toward and the challenges of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
  • The ambition of the developing countries.
  • Barefoot Power’s business model.
  • The economic ecosystem required for Barefoot Power to do its work.
  • The role of the micro-entrepreneur and microfinance in lifting people out of poverty.
  • New, innovative approaches to lighting up the rural country side.

Rick also has advice to offer more experienced business leaders who are considering an encore career in a social enterprise.

Resources:

Barefoot Power on the Web: http://barefootpower.com/

Barefoot Power on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/1280445

Barefoot Power on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarefootPower/

24 Hours of Reality: https://www.climaterealityproject.org/24hoursofreality

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About the Author
Tony Loyd is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and coach. He facilitates the growth of purpose-driven changemakers so that they can thrive and increase their impact. Tony has been personally trained in the science of climate change by former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of the Climate Reality Project. The Climate Reality Project is a grassroots network of more than 20,000 trained leaders who live and work all over the world. Tony is the Executive Producer of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where he shares positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions. Social Entrepreneur is downloaded more than half a million times in over 180 countries. He is a TEDx speaker and the best-selling author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with companies such as John Deere, Medtronic, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development.

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