International Director of Food For Life Global, Paul Turner, recently had the opportunity to talk to editor-in-chief of Farm Soho, Bianca Polizzi.
The two talked about Paul’s backstory as a monk and the beginnings of Food For Life Global:
“My humanitarian story started way back when I was 19. At that time, I decided to be a monk, which was pretty radical for a boy that age, who’s from the western suburbs of Sydney. It’s the last thing you would imagine. I was a bit of a philosopher.
It really appealed to me. The idea of cultivating self-awareness, purifying my mind, controlling my senses, and so on. For the next 14 years, I practiced as a celibate monk. I lived very simply, slept on the floor. I used my hands as a pillow, pretty much, or just rolled up piece of cloth. I never had a bed, just a sleeping bag. I took cool showers, had a regulated diet, and we worked very hard during the day. My first service just happened to be preparing food and feeding homeless people in Sydney.
I became really fascinated by that service and its ability to make connections with people on a deep level – and we all have this experience. When we sit around the dinner table to share food, all of the conflict, misunderstandings, and divisions that keep us apart during the day just melt away. I thought, “This is pretty powerful!”. Food has this amazing power to communicate, to break through barriers, to unite people.” -Paul Turner
They also discussed the OM Guarantee and Kindly Coin, which is the world’s first social impact cryptocurrency coin, wallet, and exchange.
“My natural inclination was to connect my business with my charity so I became a social entrepreneur. Through that experience, I have come to the point now where I‘ve developed one project which is called the OM Guarantee certification. We basically offer a way for companies to certify their social good. We measure that in the blockchain, we give them an actual, measurable social impact. So for donating X amount of dollars, they feed X number of children, they plant X number of trees, or feed X number of rescued animals.
That social enterprise, the OM Guarantee certification project, has now merged into a new cryptocurrency project called the Kindly Ecosystem where we’re basically developing all these financial products embedded with social impact as a way to make it easy for anyone to be kind. So just by doing your normal financial activities, you’ll actually be making a measurable social impact. Our goal is to revolutionize the financial industry by making it easy for anybody in the world to be kind.” Paul Turner
You can check out the full interview at thefarmsoho.com
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