Cindy Gallop is the founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld.com, a marketing platform that turns human and corporate good intentions into collective action. The platform launched in beta at TED 2010 and was subsequently taught as a Harvard Business School case study. She is also the founder of makelovenotporn.com, launched at TED 2009.
Gallop acts as board advisor to a number of tech startups and consults for companies around the world. She has a reputation as a highly compelling and inspirational speaker, and presents at conferences and events on a variety of topics. She published Make Love Not Porn: Technology's Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior as one of TED's line of TEDBooks, and is currently writing a book on her philosophy of life and business. She started her career the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 1998, and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.
Meet Cindy Gallop
Expertise: Entrepreneur, consultant, brand and business innovator
Location: New York City
Background: Hybrid, global.
Why did you curate Bea Arthur's online therapy platform Pretty Padded Room?
What I love about Pretty Padded Room is that it makes therapy an easily accessible, non-threatening, non-stigmatized choice for anyone in need of it. And what I love about Bea is that she had this terrific vision and she made it happen.
Why did you curate the Jimmy Jane vibrators?
Does that question really have to be asked?! I have to admit that on first appearance, this whole new take on the 'Rabbit' vibrator looked a wee bit unnerving, and it needed some practice to get it operating as it's intended. As my co-founder on IfWeRanTheWorld, Oonie Chase, sagely observed, 'Trust a vibrator designed by two men to involve a bit too much whammy on the jammy.' But once I'd sorted that out, well, all I can say is there's a reason rabbits have the reputation they do. Happy Year of the Rabbit!
Favorite meal: Steak - so rare a really good vet could get it back on its feet in five minutes - accompanied by a Grey Goose martini, straight up with a twist.
Recent purchase: Online porn. It turned out not to be worth it. :)
Hidden talent: I speed-read.
Book/film recommendation: Book: Anything by William Gibson (his latest one, as brilliant as all the others, is Zero History). Film: Bull Durham.
Restaurant recommendation: Eleven Madison Park, New York City
If I had $20...: Save it.
Transformative travel experience: I'm lucky enough to have travelled a great deal. So I would say my most transformative travel experiences are my visits to those countries where someone has reached out and said they'd love to help make my venture www.ifwerantheworld.com happen there, and the amazing people, stories and responses I've encountered accordingly: Ireland, China, New Zealand, and coming up, South Africa.
Favorite neighborhood: Chelsea, Manhattan, where I live.
Dream holiday: A combination of Japan and Bali.
If I could solve one problem, it would be: To turn every single good intention in the world into action (the problem I'm trying to solve with IfWeRanTheWorld).
I wish people cared more about: Thinking the best of each other. My personal philosophy is: Always assume positive intent. I might be disappointed once in a while, but life's a whole lot more fun when you go through it always assuming positive intent. I believe you find what you look for. If you look for the bad in people you will find it; if you look for the good in people you will find it.
Recent big aha!: Realizing those people who say it can't be done should just get out of the way of those of us doing it.
The world would be a better place if: We acted on every single good intention.