We’re so proud to have these brilliant guest bloggers on board to share new and interesting perspectives on the subject of Doing What You Love. Our guest bloggers are all experts in their field and you can see all their posts on our blog here.
Louise is driven by a curiosity focused on understand our evolving cultures and what it means to be human in the 21st century. She loves creating creative spaces for people to think differently in order to connect, explore, stop and question the world around them. She does this through her work at Forum for the Future, bringing people together to help navigate and collaborate in a world in flux. Louise also catalyses new experiments from art exhibitions like Focus Out, a crowd-funded letterpress magazine The Luddite to developing a community led urban park in her local area.
Frances is an author, journalist and blogger, whose influential first book, The Distraction Trap: How to Focus in a Digital World has been translated into six languages. She is a thought leader in the fields of digital distraction and digital detox. Frances has been featured in many publications including Wired, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Psychologies Magazine and The Sunday Telegraph and she has appeared on air for Sky and the BBC. Frances also blogs regularly for Forbes and has written for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph for over 10 years. She is the founder of Here are some words. Frances collaborated with us on our free Winter Writing Workshop, which you can join here (start anytime!).
Alastair is an adventurer, blogger, author and motivational speaker. As well as expeditions such as cycling round the world, walking across India and rowing the Atlantic, Alastair was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of micro adventures. Alastair has written five books about his adventures. He is very well-regarded as a motivational speaker for corporate events and schools. He produces a monthly newsletter with the highlights of the blog and important expedition news. Find out more about him here.
Ben is passionate about building experiences and communities that inspire positive change. He is the founder of Tribewanted (off-grid experiences) and was behind the success of building an online and on-island community on Vorovoro, Fiji. He wrote a book about this which was also filmed for the award winning BBC series: Paradise or Bust. Ben has worked with Right to Dream (leadership development through sport in West Africa) and Escape the City, which unleashes frustrated corporates into fulfilling careers. Ben is a regular speaker and host on startups, travel and social enterprise, a mentor to escapees and first-time entrepreneurs. Find out more here.
Claire Le Hur
This September, classics teacher Claire is cycling to China with her fiancé, Stuart. Despite being a cycling novice she will ride a bamboo bike made by a social enterprise in Uganda. Stuart plans to ride a tandem with the back seat free for anyone they meet en route. The couple will cycle the ‘New Silk Road’ through Africa and Asia following the journey of key natural resources, like copper and gold. They will explore the shifting balance of power in the world economy and other geographical, historical, anthropological and linguistic themes in an educational project aimed at students worldwide. They are raising money and awareness for great educational charities in Africa and Asia. Find out more at: www.beyondthebike.org
Lara is the Founder of 42 Acres, a modern rustic farmhouse retreat center, set deep in the hills of Somerset, England. 42 Acres curates retreats focused on transformation, healing and social change. Before the inception of 42 Acres, Lara founded the Bertha Foundation. Bertha supports activists, storytellers, and entrepreneurs who are creating change in the world. Through her experience working for non-profit organizations, Lara realized she wanted to create something bigger than herself that would help change lives. Lara’s passion for holistic change was deepened while traveling through India, Nepal, Southeast Asia and Australia. Lara hopes that 42 Acres will become a new model for change, combining both the inner and outer work.
We’ll be introducing more new guest bloggers in the coming months so watch this space! In the meantime we’d love to hear which posts you’re enjoying or if there are any subjects that you’d like to learn more about in the future so please do leave a comment.
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