Posts tagged Social Impact
The Impact of Our Travels (Part 5)

When it comes to the value of good intentions, there are a number of quotes illustrating the harm that can be wrought by those who mean well. The passion to make a difference, no matter how noble, is a raw and untapped energy whose power is about as limitless as its potential. Lightning without the guidance of a proper channel can be utterly destructive but, in the proper hands, the source of illumination.

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The Impact of Our Travels (Part 4)

An underlying concern that goes hand-in-hand with the issues of the Savior Complex is the lingering impact of a traveler's visit. Here, impermanence can often be dismissed as disregard. It's simple enough, with the perceived insincerity ascribed to the traditionally introspective tourist outlook, to breathe life into the perception that the average visitor cares little for the daily struggles and long-term issues faced by their hosts. They might even forget them altogether once they've returned home. This is a false assumption.

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The Impact of Our Travels (Part 3)

Voluntourism doesn’t come cheap. Beneath the gloss of service activities and good intentions, critics note, it’s still a vacation. Between transportation and lodging, the price tag attached to building a school or joining in local craft sessions grows steadily. For what these travelers are willing to pay, some critics ask, can't they just cut a check and leave the work to the professionals? Does the warm, fuzzy feeling that travelers carry back home with them justify routing inexperienced volunteers into projects that could be undertaken by local experts and craftsmen?

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The Impact of our Travels (Part 2)

"Voluntourism" isn't the only recent addition to the traveler's lexicon. The phrase "Savior Complex" has also become the subject of heated debates regarding the appropriate role of travelers in the communities they visit and the consequences left in their wake. Critics of voluntourism also ask, rightly so, whether or not the short-term benefits of such visits will amount to much in the long run. Good intentions aside, is it all really worth the hype?

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The Impact of Our Travels (Part 1)

From the way young entrepreneurs seek to do business and the approaches larger titans of the travel industry assess their footprints in the lands they connect, right down to the choices made by individual travelers in the course of their journeys, the generational mindset toward how and why we travel is changing. In the wake of such a shift it seems worthwhile to ask, will the outcome bring more harm than good?

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How I Found My Life Purpose

Many women begin to find out who we truly are―our values, our life purpose and what we stand for―after decades of living by the beliefs and values we grew up with. I know because I am one of these women. I now run the social enterprise Moeloco, which donates shoes to children in India through sales of flip flops (thongs in Australia), but it took many years to find my true calling.

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A Journey that Ignited a Passion for Compassion

About 3 years ago I decided to leave the corporate world and pursue my passion for connecting people and collectively changing the world for the greater good. This article is about that journey to not only finding my passion, but a way to honour it and use it to guide me through every day of my life. I hope it can inspire you to do the same.

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Know Your Value

When someone starts up a conversation with you by noting, "I've been around long enough to remember very well being bombed by Mr. Hitler", what can you do but listen in reverent awe? In one of those happy chance encounters that filled my commute with delightful conversation rather than the routine hum of my regular playlist, I got to thinking just how incredibly small this world really is. The wealth of experience that passes us by on the street, the subway, and even on the bus is truly astounding.

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Traveling Deeper

In Part 2 of his reflection on a recent "Cruise for the Caribbean" with Carnival's Fathom Travel and Princess Cruises, MJ relates a personal story to the meaning of Fathom's call to action: #TravelDeep

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A Return to the Sea

Fathom Travel returns to the seas this January to bring hope to communities impacted by this past year's historic hurricane season. As the next group of travelers looks forward to this "Cruise for the Caribbean", MSL looks back on our recent sailing with Fathom and the waves it's making in the travel industry.

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Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

In such a fast-paced and cutthroat world, it can be easy to lose sight of what is important. To pursue excellence and hedonism in a materialistic world, at the expense of focusing on becoming more well-rounded human beings. Too many of us, myself included, are guilty of running our lives in tunnel vision, oblivious to what is going on around us. As a result, too many of us are missing out on what is most important. 

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