In his work as co-founder of Braille Without Borders and the Indian social enterprise kanthari, Paul and his team use technology to initiate change, whilst creating access to skill-sets for those who want to make a difference in their societies. Leadership training is provided for people who have overcome the most gruesome and unbelievable life challenges, yet who still have the strength to become forces of good instead of victims of circumstance. They are survivors of poverty, discrimination, war, exclusion or disability who, because of that, start impactful social ventures.
For Paul, real, lasting social change depends above all on people. In a world of finite resources where we need a paradigm shift about the way we live and consume, it is the people who drive it that determine the success and sustainability of social change.
His work is rooted very much in his own experience. As a teenager who for six years had no skin on his back, he hit rock bottom, but as he got older and earned respect for his engineering skills, his self-confidence grew. This became the catalyst, or what Paul calls ‘the pinching point’, that ultimately pushed him to help others to do the same.
An understated but dynamic visionary, Paul understands the power of technology to effect and support lasting social change, but fundamentally he believes in the power of people to use their experiences, no matter how awful, as the catalyst for positive action leading to wider societal change.