Charles-Antoine Bodson is the founder and CEO of The Skateroom and the person behind our philosophy of using an engaged business model to effect positive change in the world. With a growing environmental, humanitarian, and economical crisis, we believe for-profit companies share a moral obligation to address these challenges as a united front.
The Skateroom is a vision that challenges the modern definition of a successful business. It is a countermovement to society’s insatiable consumption and a commitment to creating a better world for all.
Charles’ idea grew from a chance encounter with Oliver Percovich, founder of award-winning NGO Skateistan. At the time, Charles owned an art gallery and Oliver was looking for funds to build Skateistan’s second Skate School. It just so happened that Charles also owned a private collection of rare and limited-edition skateboards. Though he had no clue what he was getting into, Charles sold a part of his collection and raised $50,000 to support the project.
When he attended the inauguration of the Skate Park in Cambodia, Charles discovered a reality that was completely foreign to his own – a disadvantaged community living in one of Asia’s poorest countries – a far cry from his own world. Yet, these people were brimming with hope and excitement at the sight of the Skate School. They were empowered to pursue a better future.
The humbling significance of that moment remained with Charles.
Set on the path to social entrepreneurship, Charles conceived a business model that would allow him to donate a part of the company’s profits to keep supporting social projects in disfavored environments. Despite initial reluctance and doubt from artists and retailers alike, Charles launched the production of his own art editions on skateboards and gave birth to The Skateroom.
Since its beginnings, The Skateroom has donated over $500,000 to social projects around the world and continues to expand its network of partners and impact across borders. For Charles and his passionate team, every moment is a reminder that businesses and individuals have the power to change the world.
With more people believing in our vision everyday, our mission has only just started.