Josh Littlejohn – Paying it Forward
Our September Book of the Month is “Paying it Forward: How to be a Social Entrepreneur” by the co-founder of Social Bite and Inspirational Speaker Josh Littlejohn MBE.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Josh Littlejohn started a small sandwich shop in his home city of Edinburgh, he would never have thought that, within ten years’ time, it would be frequented by Hollywood megastars, that he would have opened a string of successful cafés across the UK, and that he would be honoured with an MBE by the Queen. Not to mention raising over £25 million to combat homelessness around the world. And all set in motion by a Big Issue seller, named Pete, walking into his café one day and sheepishly asking for a job.
Paying It Forward is part memoir, part manifesto for social entrepreneurship, and part manual for putting purpose ahead of profit. It reveals what social entrepreneurship is and how it can make a difference. How if only one in five entrepreneurs became social entrepreneurs our world would be in a much better state. How we can ‘Calculate Risks’; why we should ‘Help Just One Person’ every day; and that ‘If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get’. The book brilliantly guides readers towards the path of becoming a social entrepreneur and to making a difference in the world.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Social Bite to help combat homelessness.
‘Throughout this book, you will be taken on a remarkable journey—a journey that encapsulates the power of entrepreneurship and the indomitable spirit of the human heart.’ Sir Bob Geldof
Josh Littlejohn MBE is a leading social entrepreneur and campaigner who is tackling homelessness and displacement around the world. Josh began working on the homelessness issue when he co-founded Social Bite, a social enterprise in Scotland, UK, with a mission to eradicate homelessness. In 2018, Josh and his team launched the Social Bite Village, offering homes to almost one thousand vulnerable people and rough sleepers. In 2019, Josh launched ‘The World’s Big Sleepout’, with events in over 52 cities around the globe, and 60,000 people sleeping out in the world’s largest-ever display of solidarity for homeless and displaced people.
Josh has so far helped raise over £25 million for charitable and homelessness causes and received an MBE from the Queen. He has received a Pride of Britain Award, a Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, and five honorary doctorates and he has also been included in Debrett’s list of the most influential people in the UK.
Josh’s story from both a personal and professional perspective is a true inspiration to audiences of all generations.
Over the past decade, Josh has spoken at many events throughout the world and has become a choice keynote, expanding on a variety of topics in social impact, entrepreneurship, and beyond. Josh has the power to motivate, inspire and teach individuals on how we can all make a difference.
Key areas of focus:
- Entrepreneurship and start-ups
- Making a difference
- Tackling Homelessness and Poverty
- Starting a global movement
- Manifesting your goals into reality
- Work/Life Balance
- Challenges in employing people from excluded backgrounds