Special-edition, Congolese-inspired TOMS Shoes
We're teaming up with Giving Partner Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an advocacy and grant-making organization founded by Ben Affleck, on two Congolese-inspired designs with an additional give. Read More >>
TOMS x charity: water - An Eyewer collaboration
TOMS and charity: water, an organization founded in 2006 (like TOMS!) that’s dedicated to to helping bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, join forces for the first-ever TOMS Eyewear collab! Read More >>
Giving TOMS Shoes in the DRC
Founded by Ben Affleck in 2010, ECI is an advocacy and grant-making organization that works with and for the people of DRC, the third most populous country in Africa, and one that struggled under a cycle of violence for nearly 20 years – particularly in the east. Read More >>
Start Something that Matters, a book by TOMS Chief Shoe Giver, Blake Mycoskie, challenges readers to make a positive change in the world and start a project that matters to them. David Burstein recently released his own book, Fast Future, about the Millennial generation. His book discusses the young generation and how we are a generation committed to making change. He cites Blake and TOMS as a standard for social entrepreneurship.
In 2010, David joined TOMS on a giving trip to Argentina. He was humbled by his experience and intrigued by the TOMS model. As he placed a shoe on a little girl’s foot, he saw the power of what purchasing a pair of shoes can do. David believed TOMS was an agent for change and a leader in social business. In Fast Future, David cites TOMS and other companies such as FEED Projects, as examples of Millennials leading the social business revolution.
David came up with the idea for his book after traveling the country during the 2008 election. He saw a younger generation committed to social change and was inspired by companies like TOMS. His book examines the individuals in his generation working towards social good and working to shape our fast-changing world.
David left us with the following advice to our friends wanting to make a social impact through business. “Determine the issue that you are most passionate about and find the best way that you use your unique abilities to make an impact on that issue. Don’t get hung up on figuring out the perfect business model…just find somewhere to start!”