Denver: We’re going to do Take Five with Martin Whittaker, the president and CEO of JUST Capital. Are you ready, Martin?

Martin: I’m ready.

Denver: What idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement?

Martin: Boy, that’s a hard one.

Denver: You can pass.

Martin: No, I don’t like to pass. We’ll come back to it.

Denver: What should we be worried about?

Martin: Division, anger, resentment.

Denver: What is one of your favorite documentaries or movies?

Martin: Well I love Star Wars. I love the whole series, I have to say. I like the Dark Side versus the Force. I like the tension, and I like that the good guys win.

Denver: What’s today’s most underreported story?

Martin: The health crisis in America.

Denver: What is something you believe that other people think is just insane?

Martin: That’s a complicated question. I’ll pass on that one.

Denver: Name some organization or person that you have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for.

Martin: Paul Tudor Jones with Robin Hood Foundation.

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Denver: What is the most important thing that makes for a health organizational culture?

Martin: Empathy.

Denver: What did you change your mind about in the last 10 years and why?

Martin: Denver, really. These are soul-searching questions.

Denver: They’re good questions.

Martin: What did I change my mind about? I’ve changed my mind about my priorities in life because I’ve gotten 10 years older. That’s what happens when you get older.

Denver: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

Martin: I want to be a knife.

Denver: What do you wish people were more open and honest about?

Martin: Their true motivations and feelings.

Denver: If you were to start your career all over again and do something completely different and away from this field, what would that be?

Martin: I would be a writer.

Denver: What is your super power?

Martin: I just get on with people.

Denver: If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?

Martin: Be nice. Do good.

Denver: What is something whether this is related to your work or not, that you are exceptionally excited about right now.

Martin: I’m very excited about the direction that Manchester United is going in in English soccer.

Denver: What are you currently reading?

Martin: The Ian Rankin detective series about Inspector Rebus in Edinburgh.

Denver: What is the one book you would give as a gift?

Martin: Great Expectations.

Denver: What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a TED Talk on something outside of your main area of expertise?

Martin: How to survive as a parent when one of your children having leukemia.

Denver: What is something about you that very few other people know?

Martin: I have a black belt 2nd dan in taekwondo.

Denver: Given the choice of anyone famous in the world dead or alive that you could invite over for dinner, who would you invite?

Martin: That is really hard. There are so many people. I’d probably invite William Shakespeare.

Denver: What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?

Martin: Do things faster.

Denver: Finally, do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?

Martin: I do, it’s a quote by Teddy Roosevelt. It says, “It’s not the critic who counts…” That’s how it begins. It’s a long quote. But that’s the one that I try to live my life by.

Denver: And we’ll just go back to this, what idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement?

Martin: That giving out more money faster is the best way to do things. It’s about outcomes, not inputs.

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