Interview with Oskar Brandt (@oskar_brandt__)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Oskar Brandt was born in 2002. Oskar Brandt first attended the Rückert Gymnasium in Berlin and then, until 2019, the Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium. There he organized several political and social events as a student representative in cooperation with Amnesty International, UNICEF, and ZDF. In 2019 he won the world-famous International Physics Olympiad and travelled to the finals in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Oskar Brandt began taking photographs at the age of nine. In 2013 he was discovered by the photographer Anja Hitzenberger. With her help, Oskar managed to get an exhibition space at CO Berlin in 2014. In addition, at the age of ten, he developed an interest in computers and began to work with programming languages. At the age of twelve, he developed the video game Bike Race: Free Racing Games in cooperation with Top Free Games. EXOGREEN is an online CSR consulting company founded in 2018 by Oskar Brandt.

EXOGREEN’s mission is to create sustainable profits for all economic actors and to ensure that companies, governments, employees, shareholders, and stakeholders make sustainable, fair, and environmentally conscious profits. To achieve its sustainability goals, EXOGREEN uses software for assessing sustainability risks, The Seven Toolkit, and works with a leading CSR consultancy, The CSR Company International, which specialises in strategic CSR, business ethics, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement. The Seven Toolkit is a one-stop-shop sustainability risk assessment solution that can help organizations, their supply chains and subsidiaries of any size, sector, and industry assess and improve their performance in terms of sustainability and corporate responsibility and manage the associated risks. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I’d like to think that I started believing in my ability to achieve more than the norm from a very young age when I wanted to make money and build a great career without working for the government or anybody else. I was determined to make it work no matter what, so this was the beginning of me believing in my ability to achieve more than the average. 

The journey that we all need to take is inside, not outside. You wanna create an extraordinary life? Become an extraordinary person! 

My sense of what was possible with my life shifted when I took the time to travel through Europe for 4 weeks. We’ve all heard about someone taking a trip that changed their life in some way. But here’s why it changed mine:

I realized that I wasn’t my thoughts!

Up until then, I identified “who I was” by “what I thought.” But being alone in a new environment for that amount of time allowed me to realize that my thoughts are just habits – habits of my mind! And if they’re habits, I can change them! 

Whoa! If I could change my thoughts, I could change myself. And if I could change myself, I could change my life.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

The greatest and most important adventure of our lives is discovering who we really are. Yet, so many of us walk around either not really knowing or listening to an awful inner critic that gives us all the wrong ideas about ourselves. We mistakenly think of self-understanding as self-indulgence, and we carry on without asking the most important question we’ll ever ask: Who am I really? As Mary Oliver put it, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

Knowing how to love oneself is a mindset and nothing more. However, your mindset can affect a number of different things about you. It can hurt your posture, your outlook, and even your tone of voice. The key is to do things that make you feel good. Remember your talents and develop them to the best of your ability. Focus on the attributes that make you special, and avoid obsessing about the ones that don’t.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My family is my main support and incentive for my success. Good grades and academic success, first of all, I had to be responsible for my responsibilities. And the desire to see the results of your work and achieving dreams helps to overcome difficulties on the way to your dreams. If there is such a desire, then a person stubbornly and tirelessly goes to his goal.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

EXOGREEN wants to accelerate global problem solving using their technology and expertise to benefit people, society, and the planet. 

The past decade has been the warmest in recorded history. Deadly wildfires including those affecting Australia, hurricanes, extreme weather events, and climate-influenced migration and hunger in many parts of the world are now regular occurrences. Ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, and the very survival of island nations is being threatened. Indeed, our entire ecosystem is at risk: 1 million animal and plant species may be extinct within years, the largest-scale ecological loss humans have seen. And a mounting global movement of youth impatient for change is pushing climate protection into the global consciousness like never before.

 As the impact of climate change is increasingly felt, the environmental part of CSR is becoming increasingly important. With each day that passes, it’s clearer that simply reducing carbon emissions is no longer enough: we need emergency measures that go much further. Increasingly, the idea is to help build a carbon economy capable of eliminating more carbon dioxide than is emitted. An economy that, according to some calculations and taking into account the difficulties involved, could contribute $26 trillion to the global economy. EXOGREEn will get this planet green!

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram: @oskar_brandt__

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