‘I’m not going to stop trying to change the world’: Founder on building a global movement to tackle climate change
Entrepreneur and activist, entrepreneur forum and founder of the I’m Not Going to Stop Trying to Change the World website, Stephen Cohen, has been an inspiration to many.
The man who once lived a simple life in a small town in the UK and then built a career out of creating social media platforms, has spent much of his time since moving to the US creating solutions to climate change, and has spent his time working with the US Government to build solutions to the global financial crisis.
In this interview, he speaks to TechRadars about what’s changed in his life since he left the UK to launch the I Am Not Going To Stop Trying To Change the Way We live and work.
“It’s been a huge journey,” Cohen said.
“I’ve travelled all over the world and built relationships, and I’m a big believer in people.
I’ve had people tell me how amazing I am and how much they appreciate the work I do.
I believe in people.”
“I was in a great situation in the US.
I had a good job, I was able to go to a great school, I could buy myself a house and I could pay for my own school fees.
I could afford it, but I couldn’t afford to be out of work and live in a tent in the desert.
I was at the top of my game.
So it was a huge leap for me.”
“Then I had to change.
I didn’t have the financial backing, and it wasn’t an easy one.
I couldn and didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of being a full-time entrepreneur.”
“It was tough.
I went through the tough times.
I felt really, really alone.”
Cohen said he wanted to help others to change their behaviour.
“In my own life I was struggling with being a vegan.
I knew that if I were to stop eating meat I would be a vegan, but that wasn’t something I felt I could do,” he said.
The former rugby league player found himself with an opportunity to do something about animal cruelty.
“After I realised that I could actually change people’s lives, I realised it wasn and would be much harder to change people than the world was,” he continued.
“So I went to work.
I got a job, and then I got into a vegan lifestyle.”
“The world is a cruel place, and as I said, I wanted to make a difference in it.”
Cohen went on to launch I Am The World to raise awareness of the plight of the world’s animals and was subsequently elected to the Green Party of England and Wales.
The entrepreneur said he has also been an active member of animal welfare groups and charities, such as Mercy For Animals, and founded the UK’s largest vegan food company, Baked Vegan, which has raised over £100 million for animal welfare charities.
“People have told me I’m the first vegan in the world to have had a job.
It’s been crazy.
“My wife, I’d say, is like a second mother to me, so it’s been great. “
This has been my greatest adventure,” he added.
“My wife, I’d say, is like a second mother to me, so it’s been great.
I know that’s going to take some time, but it’s made me a better person.”
“Being vegan has been really important to me.”
‘I have to change’ After launching the I AM THE WORLD website, Cohen began to focus more on building his company, the IAmTheWorld.com, which he said had helped him to become a much better entrepreneur.
“That was my job for a couple of years.
I would write articles and talk about what I was working on, and the first time I wrote an article was about a vegan food site,” Cohen explained.
“But then I realised I needed to change that.
I have to make changes now.
I am trying to create an online community where people can talk about my ideas, share them with each other and connect with people from all walks of life.”
“You have to realise that if you don’t have a network, you’re not going through the right time.”
“If you have a big business, it’s difficult.
It takes time to grow a business and build relationships and a network.
I started a vegan social media site and it’s taken off like a rocket, but if you haven’t got a big social media platform, you don and that can take some of the pressure off.
I think I am at the point where I have no other option.”
Cohen believes that veganism is a path to becoming a much happier person, and says the most important part of living a vegan life is “being honest about the cruelty that’s in the system”.
“It has to be about saying, ‘I want to change this, I’m not happy with it, I don’t want