I'm a co-founder of Umbo, an initiative to improve access to services for children in rural and remote communities. We're an online platform that connects them to allied health professionals for online therapy sessions, using proprietary video software.
I'm the founder of OIC Cambodia, established for the 600,000 Cambodians with communication and swallowing disabilities. We establish speech therapy university courses and jobs for Cambodians, raise awareness, and influence government policy.
I'm a co-founder of WhyDev, an initiative dedicated to getting development right. We provide professional, educational, and support services to individuals, communities and organisations committed to global development. I now sit on WhyDev's board.
A great supportive, inspired and strategic leader.
What really surprises me is his willingness and responsibility throughout, to continue supporting me and the team here in Cambodia, ensuring our work is effective. Thanks Weh, for bringing your uniqueness, professionalism, and kindheartedness to support OIC Cambodia and strengthening health equity in Cambodia.
I have had the pleasure of working with Weh on the development of OIC Cambodia. Weh is a man with a vision and the dedication, drive and skills to make it happen. He has the charisma to be a natural leader, but also recognises and values the skills of others around him. In this way he has what I can only describe as a collaborative leadership style.
"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." This quote of Margaret Mead illustrates perfectly what I think of Weh. I am amazed at Weh's constant commitment, perseverance against adversity and endless energy. There are few people I would recommend so warmly.
It’s time for a change.
The Copernican revolution in disability – where we put the needs, hopes and dreams of people with disabilities at the centre – is already underway.
The new model of therapy
Our goals at OIC are ambitious, and we’re setting ourselves up to do something that has never been done. It’s an entirely new way of looking at an old problem — how to execute something meaningful for a large population in need, and then getting out.
Never in the history of humankind have we had more potential to act. There are more charities than ever, more people volunteering overseas, more crowdfunding campaigns to support at a click of a button.
And yet, amongst all of this good work, there is the underlying paradox of the entire charity sector. It is a commonly held belief that for a charity to exist, someone must remain suffering.
Never, in the history of humankind, has there been such potential for unintended consequences of good intentions.
Aid work, once the domain of a select few, has been
democratised. It’s now the domain of many.
In 2006, I spent 6 months volunteering in an orphanage in Vietnam. To find out what kind of legacy I left, I went back after 12 years.
There are so many international projects in poorer countries. But what happens when this work ends? What legacy do they leave behind?
What is the purpose of international charity? Is it to perpetuate themselves, or leave a legacy behind, so that local people can solve their own problems?
Here’s my TEDx talk on the topic.
In a growth obsessed world, we fawn over leaders who maximise profits in the shortest possible time frame, those who achieve exponential growth against expectations.
But what if this form of leadership doesn’t help in the long term? What if we need leaders who are more tortoise than hare?
On 22nd October, 2018, I was invited to speak at my old school – Trinity Grammar School in Sydney, on the topic of leadership. Most talks of this nature set up adults as learned superiors. But given the lack of inspiring adult leaders, it got me thinking – maybe children intuitively know what leadership is?
Here’s a transcript of my speech.
Principles connect your values to action. If we truly value compassion, empathy, and respect, then the work that we do in other countries should reflect this. But often, the principles we base our work upon are either wrong or unclear.
So here are 3 basic principles which you can use to create more meaningful impact in the world around us.
It’s one thing to know your privilege. The scientific benefits of gratitude are well-documented. But as important as that is, that is still ultimately self-serving.
The question is then: Now that I am aware of my own privilege, what am I going to do next?