Today’s “7 Question – 7 Sentence Interview.” is with Steve Chitty, one of the founders of an extraordinary non profit called Life Cycle. If you would like to cycle for life through Cambodia then you should email Steve here for more info. You can also join them on Facebook right here.
1. You and your team run a non profit called Life Cycle… in one sentence what is the aim of Life Cycle?
Life Cycle’s aim is to help everyday people break the chains of poverty and slavery.
2. Could you give us a short story or an example that highlights the challenges that people you are currently helping face??
Extreme poverty leaves people with a very lousy menu of options whereas the essence of our work is helping people create new ‘menus’ full of life giving options for the future — Currently we are focusing on Cambodia and by breaking the poverty cycle there you also dramatically minimize the risk of someone being tricked into slavery on false promises of a better life.
3. What is your overarching big dream for Life Cycle?
We constantly aim to spark initiatives and ‘informed action’ in people so we really just need to keep getting smarter and smarter about how we engage and motivate people to act on ideas that have probably been bubbling away in their heart for some time.
4. What is the single biggest challenge that your organization faces?
Probably limited time as we are a handful of busy people, however, we are attracting a lot of interest and some smart people are offering us their time and expertise so that is hugely encouraging as we grow.
5. Instead of taking my typical holiday, you’ve suggested that I should take part in a nine day cycle journey through Cambodia that looks at ‘what’s working’ in the fight against poverty and slavery… why?
Aside from being a whole lot of fun, the Cycle for Life will allow anyone interested in breaking the poverty cycle a ‘behind the scenes’ look at what works so you’ll come away a lot smarter about how to follow up on what might already be bubbling away in your heart.
6. Starting anything with a “big purpose” is scary, what is your number 1 personal challenge and how do you overcome it?
To be honest I don’t really get scared when it comes to working on social initiatives I believe in and because I believe in what I’m doing I tend to become very focussed and a lot bolder than I would in everyday life.
7. What single piece of advice would you give any other young social entrepreneur?
I think the absolute keys to success are to build a team of talented people around an inspiring vision that is clearly articulated.
Again, if you would like to cycle for life through Cambodia then you should email Steve here for more info.