Hacking Hunger: Episode 49 – Creating and Anti-Poverty Movement with Clint Borgen
When you ask nonprofit founders how their organization began, spending months on a fishing boat is rarely the answer. But that’s exactly where Clint Borgen developed his dream for The Borgen Project, a NGO that fights global poverty through advocacy and civic engagement. His ideas weren’t pulled completely from the sea, rather, they were inspired from unique global experiences that made him passionate about garnering more U.S. political attention on the issue of global poverty.
Nearly 20 years later, The Borgen Project has evolved from a sketchbook of plans, to a nationwide campaign with volunteers in 931 cities. It advocates, mobilizes and educates to improve the living conditions of people living on less than a dollar a day.
Intrigued by his organization and career, we caught up with Clint at his home in Seattle. We asked him more about that fishing boat and his prior experiences – and how The Borgen Project is currently working to change the world.