Simon Griffiths

Simon is an engineer and economist turned social entrepreneur.

Driven by a passion to use business to give back, in 2010, Simon had the idea to start a toilet paper company that builds toilets in the developing world. In 2012, he launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign, agreeing to sit on a toilet on a live webfeed until he had pre-sold the first $50,000 of toilet rolls. The multi-award winning launch attracted global media attention and generated over $1 million of PR value.

The sole purpose and mission of Who Gives A Crap is doing good. And with so much more ‘good to do’ Simon is taking the company to the next level of global growth by scaling his global donations and sustainability initiatives, and finding more ways to make a positive impact on the world.

Simon is also well known as the co-founder and Director of Shebeen, a non-profit bar in Melbourne’s CBD. Shebeen sells exotic beer and wine from the developing world, with 100% of the profit from each sale going to a development project in that drink’s country of origin.

Simon is one of Australia’s most prominent social entrepreneurs, and his work has been covered by countless media outlets around the world, including The Huffington Post, MTV, The Standford Social Innovation Review and The New York Times.

Speaking topics

  • The Business of Making a Difference
  • Business: Failing leads to Success
  • Innovation: Everyone's doing it, but we're doing it different
  • Be Bold and Make it Happen
  • Lessons from Running a Purpose-led Business
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Simon Griffiths at TEDxBrisbane

Simon Griffiths at TEDxBrisbane

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