Dear Fellow Entrepreneur,
Meet Huang Ming, a simple man that has become extraordinary because he’s an avid social entrepreneur that has built one of the most successful solar / renewable energy companies in the world.
His commitment is to have China and the entire world using solar / renewable energy.
We often have wonderful conversations… And when I am speaking with him, I think to myself… how often do we meet a “billionaire with heart”? I am always so interested in hearing his “patterns of thinking” — what drives a person to have the only (so far) Solar Valley in the world — and have a city with over 7 million people (Dezhou, China — 1 hr from Beijing in fast train) having 90% of the population using solar heating to heat their water? How did he go from being an engineer working for the Chinese government to enrolling Goldman Sachs to giving him US$ 100 million to create the Solar Valley?
Not only is he a great guy, his commitment, his vision is contagious — and he has the facts to back him up. He often travels around the world to promote his vision of a “Solar Everything” world that will no longer be oil-dependent — especially since China has such a shortage of oil.
He has shared his technology globally — more notably with South Africa and other African nations; Bangladesh, Brazil and now we are moving towards Pakistan and India. He has done over 100 projects internationally.
We are also keen to share with emerging, resource-poor countries what China has done to eradicate poverty with over 700 million people since 1992…
We have had great discussions about our shared vision of a world free of hunger and poverty — and he said something profound: “it’s a crime to take money from the poor — they don’t have any money” — that’s the very definition of poverty.
I personally like the definition that Lynne Twist shares in her The Soul of Money book: “there are no poor people, only resource-poor people.”
He didn’t know about R. Buckminster Fuller — our beloved mentor. If he had been born after July 1, 1983 (when Bucky left this world), I would have said that he was a reincarnation of Bucky. The architecture of the Solar Valley is so spectacular, we know Bucky would have lived there. Bucky dreamed — had drawings of buildings that are like the ones in the Solar Valley.
When I gave Huang Ming a book with many of Bucky’s drawings, models, and his vision of future architecture, Huang Ming was truly moved. He began to learn about his work — and was so moved that a person like Bucky had existed — and he didn’t even know his work, yet, some of it is so similar — and their visions identical.
Huang Ming also has a presence — a “beingness” about him — that is so touching. He will take the time to connect and speak to both poor and rich — he doesn’t discriminate. He’s present with all those he speaks to. I particularly love his “Sears” pants — aside from when he’s wearing a necessary suit to address certain audiences, he dresses like his workers. A Himin tee-shirt and simple worker’s pants. If you saw him walking down the street, you’d never know that he’s a billionaire, owner of a solar / renewable energy company that has had 35% of the Chinese solar market…