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#10 How a former Peace Corps volunteer shipped 147,000+ used bicycles around the world--with CNN Hero David Schweidenback: CNN Hero & Founder of Pedals for Progress, David Schweidenback

#10 How a former Peace Corps volunteer shipped 147,000+ used bicycles around the world--with CNN Hero David Schweidenback: CNN Hero & Founder of Pedals for Progress, David Schweidenback

A partir deThe Shin Fujiyama Podcast | Social Entrepreneurship | Nonprofit Organizations | International Development Aid | NGOs


#10 How a former Peace Corps volunteer shipped 147,000+ used bicycles around the world--with CNN Hero David Schweidenback: CNN Hero & Founder of Pedals for Progress, David Schweidenback

A partir deThe Shin Fujiyama Podcast | Social Entrepreneurship | Nonprofit Organizations | International Development Aid | NGOs

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Aug 8, 2016
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Social entrepreneur David Schweidenback is the founder of Pedals for Progress, an NGO that collects used bicycles in the US, shipping them out to 38 developing countries including war-torn Nicaragua, Honduras, Africa, and Eastern Europe. In 25 years, this nonprofit organization has delivered 147,830 bicycles around the world. David Schweidenback is a CNN Hero, and his NGO has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and the Skoll Foundation, among many others. Learn how bicycles can help spin forward a city's economy. Check out the show notes and links at www.shinfujiyama.com   Show Notes & Summary Why so many bicycles get throw into the landfills David's first bicycle as a child David's experience with the Peace Corps in Ecuador The most productive man David met in the Ecuadorian town In the 1970s, very few people owned bicycles in Ecuador Without wheels, a society cannot succeed in its modern sense David's life after the Peace Corps David's vision to ship 12 bicycles to Ecuador turned into 147,000+ bicycles Speeding up the movement of goods and services is the key to economic growth What David's first collection drive looked like Why the Ecuadorian consulate did not allow David to ship bicycles to Ecuador One-country-itis The first shipment of biycles was through a church group that was helping war-torn Nicaragua Each container shipment can fit 500 bicycles 25,000+ bicycles have been shipped to Rivas, Nicaragua "I thought everything was going to be so simple." Some countries make it very difficult for bicycles to be imported, so David focuses his work where bicycles are welcomed Very few countries manufacture bicycles, so importing used bicycles does not disrupt internal market Imported bicycles are heavily taxed in certain countries In many parts of eastern Europe, bicycles do not exist David focuses on equity when it comes to distribution Some institutions wanted to discriminate when it came to distribution Pedals for Progress sells each bike for around $50-$60 Deciding prices is a complicated task based on the local market David's goal is to create a more vibrant economy. Giving goods out for free does not do that. A documentary is coming out about Rivas, Nicaragua, now known as Bicycle City. How the local shops that sell the bicycles break even and/or make a profit What Pedals for Progress does with the super expensive racing bicycles Payments in installments The shops also repair the bicycles They spend $7,000 to ship 500 bicycles, which usually results in $15,000-$20,000 in revenue at the shops More than 70 organizations have used David's business plan to ship used bicycles overseas What makes the bicycle shop in Rivas more successful than the other shops Many shops use their profit to benefit the community What happened to the five containers of bicycles David shipped to Haiti Why David was ashamed when he shipped a container to Ecuador How Pedals for Progress shipped bicycles to El Progreso, Honduras Pedals for Progress's lean staff of three people What the Pedals for Progress warehouse looks like Why David collects $10 with each bicycle donated Why the logistics of moving things overseas is incredibly frustrating How Pedals for Progress gets testimonial stories from his partner shops overseas Why Pedals for Progress is now shipping sewing machines How David gets funding from the Clif Bar Foundation How Pedals for Progress is building their mailing list David needs to raise $250,000 each year The part of the job that David enjoys most Why Eastern Europe is so poor and without infrastructure What life is like in Albania A bike collection takes up about 3 hours Why sewing machines are so useful in developing countries
Lançado em:
Aug 8, 2016
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