In this episode, I speak with Robert Egger who’s the founder of the iconic DC Central Kitchen and more recently, L.A. Kitchen.
Robert was inspired at a young age by people including Dr Martin Luther King and Gloria Steinem who challenged the status quo.
With ingenuity and tenacity, he pioneered a social enterprise which became the country’s first “community kitchen” that relied upon food donated by hospitality businesses and farms.
Food that in the past was thrown away.
Robert speaks about volunteering and questioning better ways of alleviating poverty and disadvantage.
He outlines the importance of being brave as a non-profit leader and taking risks without being reckless.
Robert is the author of “Begging for Change” which is a compelling read for non-profit leaders who are responsible for fundraising.
In our discussion, he touches upon a number of areas covered in the book including the notion of “chasing money” and how non-profits can become more efficient, effective and less wasteful.
Listen To The Podcast
Listen to the podcast as Jodie speaks with Robert about his journey.
Highlights From The Episode
- No one wakes up in the morning and says I want to be a boring bureaucrat and stifle innovation [07:17]
- A consistent evaluation of my own leadership [08:00]
- Innovation brings with it a sense of excitement [08:33]
- We are in the bravery business [09:25]
- Now we need a level of bravery, we must stand together or we will fall apart [22:40]
Innovation in non-profits brings a sense of excitement #InsightfulDirector https://ctt.ec/7h7_9+
It’s important that we don’t become complacent and get addicted to accolades #InsightfulDirector https://ctt.ec/0hyU8+
Resources Mentioned In This Episode
- Learn about Robert
- L.A. Kitchen
- L.A. Kitchen Volunteer Bill of Rights
- Begging for Change, The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding for All
- Surfing the Silver Tsunami, Robert Egger at TEDxVeniceBeach
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