Israel Cooper has a clear sense of identity and purpose and we talk about what led to his co-founding the building company, Home, which has a real focus on people and community and is an impact driven company. From his earliest years as a child growing up in the cult his Grandfather founded (now called Gloriavale) to time in the United States and Australia, working at PWC and co-founding IT companies, working in the movie industry, we talk about that and more along the way.
What shines through in this interview is a clear sense of identity and resulting purpose which places an emphasis on people and community over profits. For me, having worked with many social enterprises and other companies what home is doing is significant as it foreshadows the future I think more companies will embrace – including time frames that allow for 100 year business plans, a focus on employment and care for people who work at a company and a desire to actually do some good through the business of the company itself – in this case, providing homes (not just houses) to many in New Zealand. This is one of my favourite interviews so far out of the 163 so that is saying something.