“ROI + I” A Study Tour with a New Dimension

The Hunger Project… Changing Mindsets – Changing Lives

Hunger Project LogoThe Hunger Project is setting a whole new pace for charities.  They are one of the most financially efficient ‘Not-For-Profit’ organisations on the planet. They are committed to spending less than twenty percent on overheads, which includes fundraising and administration, while they go about the business of changing both the lives of the donor-investors and their recipients as equal partners in the process. [Read more...]

Making a Difference at Home and Abroad

Reho Travel LogoThe story of Reho Travel reads like a journey through the changing of the guard of business and society over the past thirty years. [Read more...]

G Adventures – Using Overseas Tourism as a Force for Positive Change

G Adventures - Bruce Poon TipAfter returning from a backpacking tour of Asia, in 1990, Canadian Bruce Poon Tip founded Gap Adventures (renamed G Adventures in 2012) with nothing more than two personal credit cards and a burning desire to create an authentic, sustainable travel experience like nothing the world had ever seen before. By offering adventure-craving travelers an alternative to the resorts, cruises and motor-coach tours they were accustomed to, he not only changed the way people looked at their holiday time, but changed the face of travel forever. What started off as a one-man show has since grown to become the world’s largest adventure travel company with over 1350 employees. [Read more...]

Why Protection in the Playground Robs Children of their Resilience

Children in the PlaygroundI sometimes wonder if we as parents and our schools have gone too far in over-protecting our children, pandering to their whims, and being hell-bent on saving them from accidents or disappointment in their young lives. Remember that old saying from the fairground… “Every Player Wins a Prize!” But should they? We all know that’s not the reality in the real world and we may be risking future emotional harm by trying too hard to smooth out the bumps in the road for our children during their formative years.

Political correctness gone mad and ‘safety first’ may be responsible for breeding a generation lacking in resilience who throw in the towel at the very first falter or knockback. I remember days of falling on the hard ground and skinning my knee; cutting my arm on a nail sticking out of the billycart I and my brother had built; breaking a collar bone in a football tackle; and discovering that what I thought was a ‘best in class’ composition only gaining me a B-.  Yet eventually the knee and the arm healed; the collarbone knitted together and I knuckled down and tried harder on my next classroom assignment.

And yes there was the occasional schoolyard falling out between friends when lunchtime games went awry, but ultimately we sorted things out and made up again the next day without the need for adults to come in and impose their ‘play fair’ rules upon us.

So if you like me, feel that protection pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction here is a wonderful story about a radical new move to back away from over protection in the schoolyard. It originates from my old home town in Auckland, New Zealand.

I read this story on Australia Day and it is sourced from ONE News in NZ. The headline reads “School Ditches Rules and Loses Bullies.” Now that piqued my interest. Here’s the gist of it… [Read more...]

The Ultimate Gesture in Staff Appreciation

Here is a wonderful story to kick off 2014 with regard to employer-employee relations. A Texas restaurant owner is selling his family business of 17 years to donate the money to his teenage waitress needing urgent treatment for a brain tumour. Brittany Mathis
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At Christmas Time – A Timely Reminder

My hope for you at Christmas is for your days to be filled with love and laughter in the company of those near and dear to you and a chance for you to rest and reflect on the many blessings in your life, as you look forward to a New Year of possibility and potential. The short message in this video is both timely and timeless.

Until next time… Let’s seek to understand more and judge less. Have a wonderful week and a safe New Year celebration. – Brian

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Mandela – the passing of a modern day giant

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela. The millions of lives he touched in his lifetime, whether they be leaders on the world stage or the humble children playing in the dusty streets of the Africa they call home, will forever be inspired by the legacy of this humble servant. So much has been written about him at this time of his passing and so much more will be written in the weeks and years to come I expect, so I would like to keep it simple by sharing a brief selection of his words here. There is so much to choose from, but these few are among my most treasured. For me they encapsulate the essence of the man and his legacy of love and compassion… [Read more...]

Welcome to a deep, lasting consumer trend that will probably outlast your lifetime

Water ProjectSociety is heading towards a more sustainable, tolerant, progressive future. There are sweeping social and environmental changes that have been taking place this last decade that is being forced upon us by governments and consumers alike. And now it is taking shape as a business led movement driven by socially and globally aware employees; savvy investors for the future and inspired leaders of today. Just recently it was officially described as one of those deep-seated societal trends that we only see come our way every fifty or so years by the global trend tracking organisation Trendwatching in their September article “Demanding Brands.” So what is a demanding brand? [Read more...]

When Spreading Good Fun and Goodwill is the sustainable competitive advantage

Red Balloon Logo on TagWhen RedBalloon opened their doors in 2001, they didn’t just want to open an online gift retail shop, they opened their doors to start a happiness revolution… [Read more...]