In this episode I give you Joe Merlino.
Joe has a fascinating background. We discuss growing up with a politician for a father, his time at Harvard, what it was like to travel in China during the Tiananmen Square events in 1989, the coup in Cote D’Ivoire in 1999, and consulting with Sean “Diddy” Combs. And, finally, we get into Joe’s current project of creating a power plant.
Give it a listen and please let me know what you think.
- The current power plant project [1:30]
- Growing up a politician’s son [3:10]
- Public policy and the non-profit sector [5:30]
- Developing an early model for welfare reform [6:20]
- Learning from international travel [9:50]
- Reasons to run for political office [13:00]
- Harvard – education, utility, and relationships [15:50]
- On teens’ decision of college versus no college [18:40]
- The benefits of a liberal arts education [21:00]
- China, Tiananmen Square, and escaping to Hong Kong [23:40]
- The coup in Cote D’Ivoire [45:50]
- The relationship between a government and its people [52:10]
- Citizen Change “Vote or Die” and working with Sean “Diddy” Combs [55:53]
- Blowing off Senator Barack Obama [1:01:00]
- Moving to Santa Fe for lifestyle [1:03:30]
- Life as a consultant [1:08:15]
- The shift to owner operator [1:09:20]
- How to create a power plant [1:12:45]
- Creating and growing a world-class network [1:24:00]
- LinkedIn [1:26:35]
- Prediction – a shift for the US to 100% renewables power system [1:29:45]
- Skiing in Santa Fe [1:32:25]
SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Learn more about Joe’s father – Joseph Merlino
- Learn more about Tiananmen Square
- Learn more about Cote D’Ivoire or Ivory Coast
- Learn more about Citizen Change
CONNECT WITH JOE MERLINO
- LinkedIn – Joseph Merlino
- Twitter – @josephmerlino
- Instagram – @josephmmerlino
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