In the last 10 or so years many entrepreneurs and businesses have been asking if there is a way to do well as an organization while genuinely doing good in the world?

Our guest on this episode is Peter Samuelson. Peter is the Co-Founder and President of First Star and CEO of PhilmCo Media, llc. He is a serial pro-social entrepreneur. In 1982, he co-founded the Starlight Children’s Foundation. By 1990, the positive psychological impact of Starlight seeded his next pro-social endeavor, Starbright World, which he co-founded with Steven Spielberg. 1999 saw the formation of First Star, 2005 EDAR, “Everyone Deserves a Roof”, and 2013 saw him launch ASPIRE, the Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment. In the midst of all this, Peter has produced 26 films and raised four children. Educated at Cambridge and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Peter and his wife, Saryl, continue to fight every day for those less fortunate, chiefly among them are America’s abused and neglected children.

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Starlight Children’s Foundation—an international charity dedicated to granting wishes for seriously ill children

Starbright World

First Star, a separate national 501(c)(3) charity that works to improve the public health, safety, and family life of America’s abused and neglected children

EDAR “Everyone Deserves A Roof” and ASPIRE, the Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Education, whose undergraduate courses have been successfully piloted at UCLA

Part 1) Pro-Social Entrepreneurship

Reconsidering the False Binary System of Profit and Loss
The Business of Doing Good
The Problem with “Non-Profits” and How to Fix Them
What is a Pro-Social Entrepreneur
New Solutions for Old Problems
Partnering with Steven Spielberg
Changing Foster Kids lives at 87% Rate
The Old Lady Living in a Box who Sparked an Invention