Science in the Cafe – Toilet Museum


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Science Centre Singapore
The World Toilet Organization

cordially invite you
Friday, 3 August 2012 at 7:00pm
The Newton Room
Science Centre Singapore

Founder and President

The Making of the
World Toilet Museum
Please see the synopsis below.
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The Making of the World Toilet Museum

The history of Mankind is inseparable from the history, culture and technological journey of the toilet. Our survival, health, behaviour, dignity, education, productivity, food cycle, ecology, pollution, and even fashion is intricately linked to the our toilet habits. Yet, it is strange that we consider the subject impolite for discussion. In 2001, the World Toilet Organization broke the taboo on toilets through leveraging the global media with its unique mix of humour and serious facts. Join us for a hilarious evening with Jack Sim, Founder of WTO and discover for the first time many things about the toilet and you.

An average person visits the toilet 2500 times a year.
This works out to about 6-8 times a day.
We spend about 3 years of our lives in the toilet!
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… broke the global taboo of toilet and sanitation and legitimizes it for mainstream culture.

After attaining financial independence at the age of 40, he decided to devote the rest of his life to social work. He established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) in 1998 to bring the subject of the toilet to centre stage. In 2001, Jack created the World Toilet Organization (WTO) as a global network and service platform from which the various toilet associations, academia, governments, UN agencies and toilet stakeholders can learn from one another, and leverage media and corporate support that, in turn, influence governments to promote sound sanitation and public health policies.  Since its inception, WTO has organized 11 World Toilet Summits and 2 World Toilet Expo and Forum. Currently, WTO is a growing network of 400 organizations in 72 countries. In 2001, WTO declared 19 November as World Toilet Day which is now celebrated annually worldwide aimed at improving the state of toilets and sanitation globally.

In 2004, Jack was awarded the inaugural Singapore Green Plan Award 2012 by the National Environment Agency for contribution to Environment. In 2005, Jack founded the World Toilet College to provide high-quality training in Toilet Design, Maintenance, Cleanliness and Ecological Sanitation Technologies. The college is a joint-venture with Singapore Polytechnic. He also successfully lobbied the government to change the Building Code of Practice to double the number of cubicles for women so that they would not have to queue to use the restroom.

Jack holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Marketing from University of Strathclyde. For his social cause on sanitation, he studied in the Norway University of Life Science, the Stockholm Environment Institute, Harvard Business School as well as Harvard Kennedy School.

Jack won the Social Entrepreneur of the Year awarded by Schwab Foundation of Switzerland in 2006 and became a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum. In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance which comprises key players for sanitation such as UN-Habitat, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, The United Nations, The World Bank, World Sanitation Fund and several other international groups working together to improve sanitation for all. In the same year, he also became the first Singaporean to be elected as an Ashoka Global Fellow.  (Ashoka is the largest social entrepreneurship support group in the world.) In 2008, Jack was named “Hero of the Environment” by Time Magazine.

Jack is also guest-lecturer for social entrepreneurship as well as a student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy where he is studying for a Masters in Public Administration.

He is happily married with 4 children and only 1 wife. His motto is:

Time is the currency of Life. Use it well or waste it.


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