Denver: We’re going to do Take 5 with Doug Galen, the CEO of Rippleworks. Are you ready, Doug?

Doug: Let’s do this.

Denver: What should we be worried about?

Doug Galen

Doug: Bringing the world back together.

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

Doug: Inconvenient Truth.

Denver: What is today’s most underreported story?

Doug: The plight of refugees.

Denver: What idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement?

Doug: Anything that relates to jargon.

Denver: Is there something really weird or unsettling that happens to you on a regular basis?

Doug: Anxiety that I need to be doing more.

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

Doug: That people are basically good.

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

Doug: President Obama.

Denver: What is a favorite part of your morning ritual?

Doug: Having breakfast with my daughter and wife.

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

Doug: Honesty, direct feedback, both positive and constructive.

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

Doug: That the world is much more global than I ever imagined.

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

Doug: An ice cream maker.

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

Doug: What they’re really thinking.

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?

Doug: Dave Brubeck is playing in the background, so Jazz musician.

Denver: What’s your super power?

Doug: I wish it was to be able to climb up the [:02:04.0 ] on my bike but it’s not.

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

Doug: Smile.

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

Doug: The potential of the entrepreneurs who will find innovative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges.

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

Doug: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s How to do a Great Workout.

Denver: Ware you currently reading?

Doug: I’m reading a magazine, Peleton II.

Denver: What do you think about when you’re driving in the car alone?

Doug: I wish my music was on the radio.

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

Doug: How the trumpet makes its sound.

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

Doug: I actually played my trumpet in Europe as a teenager in a Jazz band.

Denver: Given a choice of anyone famous in the world, dead or alive, that you can invite over as a dinner guest, who would that be?

Doug: Mohammad Ali.

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

Doug: Anything is possible.

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

Doug: I hate to give Nike the credit but, “Just do it.”

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