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To Save the World, Let's Be More Selfish | Hassan Ahmad | TEDxUNSW
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Added Sep 26, 2016
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To save the world, we need to be more selfish. You heard right. In fact, Hassan Ahmad consider it the ‘paradox’ of the millennial generation. He explains how desire for status is hardwired and unshakeable, even for the most altruistic amongst us. But what we can do is channel our selfish motivation into meaningful jobs – you might be surprised how far it can take you!

Hassan Ahmad is a doctor by day and social entrepreneur by night. After graduating with an MD from UNSW in 2013, he co-founded Conscious Step, a company which makes socks. Each pair is uniquely designed and ethically manufactured, with proceeds go towards achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Conscious Step was dubbed one of Business Insider’s 8 coolest startups in New York City, partnering with development organisations like Matt Damon's and UNAIDS. Hassan firmly believes that doing good not only benefits the planet and the business but perhaps most importantly, the best thing for you.

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