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Social Change Champion: Tom Cronin

Tom Cronin spent 26 years in finance markets as one of Sydney’s leading bond and swap brokers. He discovered meditation in the early stages of his career, when the anxiety and chaos he was experiencing had hit a crisis point, and it completely transformed his world, both personally and professionally.

Founder of The Stillness Project, a global movement to inspire one billion people to sit in stillness daily, Tom is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives. His ongoing work in transformational leadership and cultivating inner peace through meditation takes him around the world hosting retreats, mentoring, presenting keynote talks, teaching and creating The Portal film-book experience, all part of his commitment to the current planetary shift.

Tom is the author of six previous books for adults:, Insights, The Path To Peace: A Guide To Living With Ease In a Rapidly Changing World, Spirit & Soul: Exploring The Seven States Of Consciousness, Faster Deeper Sleep: The Ultimate Guide To A Daily Recharge, Faster Deeper Calm: How To Live Without Anxiety and Panic. He is also the author of the children’s book Missy Moo Meditates.

We sat down with this incredible human to hear more about his work and The Portal!

What is your social enterprise elevator pitch?

I am the producer of a film and co-writer of a book that is the basis for a global movement in shifting consciousness. As Einstein once said, we cant solve the problems with the same state of mind that created them. To change the planet, we need a shift in mind, before it’s too late. The Portal is the engine to drive this shift.

What are your biggest personal and/or professional challenges as a social entrepreneur in Australia?

Our biggest challenge right now is having the funds to have the impact that we intend to create. The roll-out of our programs, film and book require funds to get awareness and change lives.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received so far since starting your own social enterprise?

Think big, believe in your vision and work hard.

If you were to start over, is there anything you would do differently?

Yes, many things. Listen to my intuition more and not all the outside noise.

Where do you see the future of social enterprise in Australia?

Growing rapidly. Australian’s are innately caring people and I feel this area will continue to grow.

What appeals to you most about Social Change Central?

I think Social Change Central is an amazing platform that I have only just discovered. The fact that you’ve brought together a central hub for people who have made a commitment to making the world a better place is awesome. Thank you so much for this.

The Social Change Central changemaker community is growing at a fast rate. How can our members learn more about you and help support your organisation?

We are seeking funding, marketing support and PR.

And finally, what would you do if you found a lottery ticket that ended up winning $10 million?

Wow! I would allocate an amount to our marketing team to build awareness for our launch, we would map out a strategy for our impact so that we use these funds wisely. This would enable us to give access to the film, book and programs to schools, prisons, refugee centres and low socio-economic environments. Our goal is to reduce addiction, suicide, anxiety, depression and domestic abuse across the world.

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Jay Boolkin
Jay Boolkin

I'm passionate about positive social change and the power of social entrepreneurship to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. I believe that for-purpose business models can become part of the mainstream and I am enthusiastic about advocating for business models that are genuinely built around a social or environmental mission.

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