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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Jason Drew to talk about his book
Jason is a serial entrepreneur, passionate environmentalist and futurist who argues that industrial revolution is over, and the sustainability revolution has begun. Based on this he has developed a clear vision and blueprint for business in the 21st century. Jason is an inspirational business leader of this nascent revolution. He has started and invested in some remarkable 21st-century business, from the world’s largest insect farms to an empowering and profitable toilet business in the slums of Africa as well as a company that is set to replace the pesticide industry.
Jason has received notable acclaim as the Honorary Consul General for Pakistan in South Africa, and also awarded the 2013 United Nations Innovation Prize for Africa. Jason takes business thinking, vision and action into the 21st century – he looks for profitable game-changing solutions to the new business paradigms we face. Turning accepted business concepts and models upside down as he looks at business today from the perspective of the future. He explores concepts and frameworks that will define business in the 21st century. His closed systems thinking approach to his own business makes his companies profitable yet simple and brilliant.
When did you start writing?
We began researching the history of the fly in 2008 at the same time as our entomologists were developing the research for our fly farms. From first notes, we started turning it into a book in 2011. The idea is that as old business models implode, new ways of doing business are emerging that will be more disruptive than the internet. Peer to peer markets, product sharing platforms and CLIP printing will change the business world in the next decade. Whole new global industries are also being created that could not be foreseen five years ago. These closed loop business are driving a wave of innovation and creativity whilst changing business strategy, risk and governance.
As an Author, What Influences You the Most?
Humans need to get back to understanding the natural world around us and the opportunities it holds for business and repairing the damage we have inflicted on our planet. Getting the message out to a wider public that being an ardent environmentalist, fun loving and a business person can be compatible is important to us.
Where did the idea for this book originate?
We started developing our fly business in the tractor shed or my farm. Now a multinational business growing billions of flies we became fascinated by how misunderstood the fly had been and how humans had interacted with and used flies throughout history.
The People’s Book Prize nominees are voted for by the readers, how important are your readers to you?
Our readers are helping spread the word about the sustainable future we can create using the fly. We have had readers from over 40 countries contact us and already help us develop our fly farms on five continents!
We like to think there’s a voice for everyone in Publishing – what is your opinion?
It is an interesting and fascinating world that is changing and will change more – as we go through that change we need to listen to the voices of everyone!
Change Agent publishes a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?
Inspiring and exciting. I’ve been described by Forbes Magazine as ‘Lord of the Flies’ and Leadership Magazine as one of ‘Africa’s most inspiring green leaders’, he is sharp, witty and above all a realist with a no-nonsense motivational and business focused approach to fixing our problems.
What book influenced you most as a writer and what are you reading at the moment?
Probably Alexander McCall Smith – currently reading Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall which is a refreshing new look at the world we live in, truly fascinating.
What can we expect from you in the future? What are you writing at the moment?
I’m currently editing The Environmental Capitalist my third book – due out later this year.
Find Jason at: jasonjdrew.com
The People’s Book Prize is the unique literary competition that is judged by the nation and open to all UK publishing companies.