By Nina Bahadur. Originally published in The Huffington Post on March 19th, 2014.
What does it take to get to the top — without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the “hows” of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.
Cindy Gallop began our interview by telling me she liked to “blow sh*t up.”
The 54-year-old former chairman of the advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) left the corporate world in 2005 and currently juggles a number of titles including consultant, public speaker, and founder and CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv and If We Ran The World.
Make Love Not Porn, a phrase introduced in Gallop’s 2009 TED Talk, first took the form of a website that “lists the myths of hardcore porn and balances them with the reality.” In 2012 Gallop launched an accompanying video-sharing website,MakeLoveNotPorn.tv, aimed at making “#realworldsex socially acceptable and shareable.” Couples can upload their own pornographic videos to the site (earning 50 percent of the profit from paying viewers), and rent or purchase other couples’ videos. “The core value proposition of MakeLoveNotPornTV resides in the fact that everybody wants to know what everybody else is really doing in bed and nobody does,” Gallop said in a February 2013 interview with HuffPost.
Gallop’s second startup, If We Ran The World, is a web platform designed to turn human and corporate “good intentions” into actions by allowing users to brainstorm and carry out various steps or “microactions” related to their common goal.
I met with Gallop recently at The Huffington Post’s Manhattan office. She was sporting both a Facebook “like” pendant and a silver necklace that read “@CindyGallop.”
Why do you do the work that you do?
Nothing in my life has ever been planned, and I never set out to do anything that I’m currently doing . I’m naturally a very action-oriented person. When I come across something I feel strongly about, I do something about it. That’s what drove both my startups. Everything I do is fundamentally geared towards the same two goals: to help redefine the future of business, and to help redefine the future of sex.