Tips on how to 'Take Action' from World Central Kitchen in Puerto Rico

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Stop planning and start doing – the value of flat organizations, responsibility and empowerment

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, chef José Andrés traveled to the devastated island with a simple idea: to feed the hungry. Millions of meals served later, José shares the remarkable story of creating the world's biggest restaurant. There are lessons there for all of us struggling to get things done and finding ourselves stymied by bureaucracy, focus groups, and hierarchies. I'm not promising a silver bullet but in José André's refreshingly candid approach there are certainly some ideas to take away. The next time you're faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem, take heart.

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