Ned Breslin kicks off the series by telling us where he draws his inspiration from and where he gets his perspective on social change from–punk rock. With a disregard for tradition and a fierce desire to challenge the norm, the punk rock ethos is the heartbeat of a story of social entrepreneurship. To the rise of social entrepreneurship, punk rock offers a narrative by breaking sideways in a world that tends to go straight ahead. With the immensity of today’s global challenges, Ned argues that the story arc of punk, its relentless push for change, offers important insights into how social entrepreneurs operate everywhere, whether they like punk rock or not.
Host Ned Breslin is the CEO of Water For People. Ned found himself working on a water project in northern Kenya in 1987 and never looked back. Twenty years later he moved back to the US to join Water For People as its Director of International Programs, eventually becoming CEO in 2009. He is a recipient of the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.