This article is part of a series I launched at Social Change Nation – I interview Purpose Driven entrepreneurs from around the world for my podcast, and now you’re getting the inside scoop on the lessons they are teaching me…I’m sharing these with you so that we can learn together from these change agents. So, whether you’re a purpose driven entrepreneur, want to be one, or hope to learn more about cause based entrepreneurship, stay tuned. I’ll publish a new one of these every weekday for at least a month – and even longer if you all love it & comment on it. Want to keep up? Then follow me on umano.me, subscribe to my podcast, or just link up with us at socialchangenation.com. Either way, sit back and join in as we learn about the stories of world changing entrepreneurs.
Today I’m highlighting Olivier Kamanda the founder of Ideal Impact. Ideal Impact is a community oriented tech company designed to bridge the gap between those who want to serve and organizations that vitally need support. Basically, the app matches people with opportunities to volunteer, donate, support, and advocate for various causes based on the news stories they follow. Olivier developed this algorithm to categorize 97 percent of all news websites to find link the article you read with causes that relate to them.
Let me give you an example: Olivier was inspired to create this app when he, like many thousands of others, read the NY Times Invisible Child Series – this series profiled the plight of a 12 year old homeless child in NYC. Problem was, many thousands of people may have been affected by that article, but very few chose to take action. Ideal Impact bridges the gap between inspiration and action by giving you an easy way to get involved right as you read that article. With the Ideal Impact app, a reader of the Invisible Child Series would have instantly been able to click through the article to see a host of organizations in their area serving the homeless along with specific ways to volunteer, donate, or advocate.
My conversation with Olivier taught me some powerful things that I want to share with you:
First – this wasn’t just some ‘opportunity’ Olivier saw, rather this was near and dear to his heart. Olivier has volunteered to serve the homeless for years – specifically, the dude’s a tremendously awesome chef, like we’re talking gourmet, and he chooses to donate this highly valuable skill by creating and serving meals to people in dire need. Olivier believes passionately in his cause and that is what fuels his entrepreneurial drive. You’ve gotta find this same passion if you want to be a purpose driven entrepreneur.
Secondly – Olivier created something truly revolutionary. How many times have you read a news article on some kind of social problem, felt compelled to act, but quickly gotten overwhelmed by not knowing how? Ideal Impact solves that for you. It senses the patterns of news you’re reading to understand the causes you care about, and then matches you with service opportunities that fit you like a glove. Olivier happens to be tech savvy, but there are plenty of revolutionary opportunities outside the tech space. If you want to be a purpose driven entrepreneur, ask yourself how you’re going to create a social revolution?
Thirdly – Olivier is one of the most humble leaders I’ve spoken with, and I believe humility is a common trait in purpose driven entrepreneurs. We realize that social challenges are much larger than any one of us – so we have to create things that create movements. We have to create something larger than ourselves. Olivier is creating an app that will unite tens of thousands of people in service to others because he realizes that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens, rather than an ego driven entrepreneur, is what sparks change.
Olivier and Ideal Impact are set to spark a revolution in the way we read and respond to news, and I cannot wait for the launch of the app. Want to get involved? They have an Indiegogo campaign you can join in on by clicking here – check out the campaign video and see if you don’t get inspired about purpose driven entrepreneurship.
Want more stories of purpose-driven entrepreneurs? This story originally appeared in our Social Good Guide – 50 businesses. 50 causes. 50 ways to change the world. You can find them all at socialgoodshopping.com.