International Changemaker DAVID KATZ on Planet Stewardship and Empowering the Poor

In this episode of the thinkspace podcast, Joss sits down with a man that has rubbed shoulders with some of the worlds most influential people at the Vatican, Buckingham Palace, on Wall St. and most importantly, the slums of India, Haiti and many other of the poorest countries in the world. David Katz. Known to most in the world as the Founder and CEO of Plastic Bank, the world’s largest chain of stores for the poor in the world. With only a high school education - David has a commanding grasp of human psychology as well as business and entrepreneurship.

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“Preventing ocean plastic could be humanity’s richest opportunity”
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David Katz
Plastic Bank Founder & CEO

the substance.

  • Learn the cause and the solution of plastic pollution in our oceans.
  • Learn how Plastic Bank is using garbage to abolish poverty and clean the oceans.
  • David talks about about how the 0.1% of the world perceives life and deals with obstacles.
  • David shares his personal story of tragedy and triumph.
  • Learn how you can start affecting change in the world.
  • And so much more…

show notes.


guest bio.

David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs by Salt magazine. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse award for Planetary Health, recipient of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia community award, recipient of the Earnst and Young Lifetime Achievement award, is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and named the Entrepreneur Organizations, Global Citizen.

David is the founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank, an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. The Plastic Bank is a global network of micro recycling markets that empower the poor to transcend poverty by cleaning the environment. The Plastic Bank is an eco-system that provides an opportunity for the world to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. Global partners include IBM, Shell Energy, SC Johnson, Aldi, Henkel and more.

His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. David has been featured in hundreds of international news and investigative articles, including Forbes, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, and National Geographic. David can be found at TED.com, is featured in an award-winning documentary and starred in an international reality television show.

David is a steward of the earth and a champion for the poor. 


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