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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Marketplace Feature: Melody Murray, Founder of JOYN

July 28th, 2014 by TOMS

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What compelled you and your husband to travel to Uganda your first summer as newlyweds?

We were crazy – crazy in love and crazy dreamers. We had big dreams from the day we met. David and I grew up in amazing families with opportunities to travel, receive a good education, expand our world view at young ages. We both had a desire to give others who were less fortunate the opportunities that we had been gifted our entire lives. This is one of the main things that drew us to each other initially and still drives us closer to each other today. We wanted to start our marriage doing exactly what we’d dreamt of doing from the day we met, so we dove right in. It was an incredible experience that has shaped the next 15 years of our marriage.

When did India first come into the picture for you? How did you decide India would be the home for JOYN?

David and I had been working for a development-based business in Tibet for the past 7 years. We were based mainly in the US and traveled back and forth to Tibet multiple times a year. We never felt compelled to move to Tibet, but knew we wanted to eventually live overseas and work among struggling artisan groups. In the fall of 2009, we were contacted by politicians in Washington DC who wanted to help a small community in northern India in which they had connections with via the Dali Lama. They had heard about our work with Tibetans and asked us to consult with them to start businesses. When we heard of the opportunity, we very quickly knew it was made for us and we moved our family and our lives to the Himalayas in northern India in June 2010.

You partner with a nonprofit, JoyCrops, can you tell us a little bit about them and how you work with them?

David and I really believe that small business development is one of the best ways to pull people out of the poverty cycle long term. However, starting a business in the middle of a struggling community is nearly impossible without some help. For a community to pull itself out of poverty and begin to thrive, it will need more than just jobs. It needs to get healthy. This is where a non-profit, community development focused organization comes in. We helped create JoyCorps (like peacecorps) in order to support Development Entrepreneurs and their community thrive. One of my closest friends, Rachel Meisel, runs the organization and her Board are close friends of ours. JoyCorps works hard to support community development efforts in our town to help our artisans thrive – from educating our artisans children, to providing medical funds, furthering education and english training, they are behind us each step of the way.

Each handmade piece goes through a 12 step process -“a model of purposeful inefficiency -” you’ve called it. Can you explain this model and walk us through the production process?

We value people and we value the work of their hands. One way to increase opportunity amongst those most marginalized in society is to value what is made by hand vs. machine. When we started JOYN, we purposefully chose processes that used as many hands as possible, no machines, no electricity. Our cotton is grown locally, harvested, washed, carded, spun, woven, block printed and stitched without the use of any machines, rather the use of many, many pairs of hands. This creates more jobs, which is why JOYN was started.

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What is the creative process like when designing new products? Do you pull a lot of inspiration from your environment in India and Indian culture?

I have grown to love design. I used to say that I wasn’t a Designer, but I realize now that my life and my experiences have made me into one. Everything has the ability to inspire. I eat, breath, dream designs. So many of my ideas come to me in my sleep – while I’m dreaming, or just waking in the morning. India is definitely an inspiration. Just today, I was walking down my lane and seeing ideas popping out at me on every corner. India is bursting with life, color, diversity, noise, JOY! We have a team of local designers – Indian, American, South African – all living here, that pull lines together quarterly. Between the 3 of us, we collaborate and come up with our designs. We are happy and proud to be doing this in-house and in India.

How do you measure your success? (personally and/or as a team, company)

Personal success for me is whether I grow and thrive as a wife, mother and leader more each year. “To whom much is given, much is required.” To me, success means that I’m sharing my blessings, talents, time and opportunities with those who God brings into my life. First with my husband, then my children, then the community that I’m thankful to be a part of. Success for us as a company is to create JOY, lasting JOY, in the lives of those around us and to continue to expand and increase our influence with as many as we can.

When you founded JOYN, what was is that you wanted to achieve back then? Has that vision changed/ evolved as you have grown?

Thankfully, my vision hasn’t changed in the past 15 years of my life – it just continues to grow. I dream bigger every day. My vision – to share my life, experiences, blessings, opportunities and skills with those who have not had what I’ve been handed my whole life. To create as many jobs as possible, bringing sustainable joy and opportunity.

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The most successful people are the ones who take big risks, which often can lead to spectacular failures.  Can you describe a time when you overcame a major failure and can you explain how you coped?

I fail daily. Its part of learning. I’m so thankful for my failures – I’ve definitely had my share of spectacular ones. My husband and I were a part of a similar venture in Tibet for over 7 years and its difficult to admit that it failed, but in many ways it did. We put all of our eggs in one basket, grew increasingly in debt, had very little experience in understanding our market and failed miserably with “team”. All in all, we learned a lot of “what not to do”. However, I believe that God can redeem any failure. You cope by believing that everything is redeemable. Nothing is accidental. We also experienced bankruptcy as a young couple, due to a Realestate partnership that went downhill quickly during the housing bubble and following recession in 2007. You live and you learn and I’m better and stronger because of it. I’m sure I’ll have many, many more to come!

What’s next for JOYN? Where do you see the company in 5 years?

I have so much in store for JOYN and I dream daily about all that might come of it. When you experience something this transformational – lives being changed for the good – it becomes addictive. I feel like the most privileged girl in the world; to see change in my own life and in those around me. We have begun to replicate JOYN in multiple cities in India and my desire would be for our model to infect thousands with lasting JOY, sustainable work, and thriving communities.

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To learn more about JOYN and to shop JOYN on TOMS Marketplace click here.

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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