I first met today’s guest on the Art of AdventureÂ after a talk he gave at a PechaKucha night in Ubud, Bali. We ran into each other at the coworking space here, Hubud, and I decided I really had to get him on the podcast!
Ben Keene is the founder of TribeWanted, initially a project where he and 2000 of his closest friends rented an island in Fiji for five years, which became a book and the subject of a BBC series, and now is a global project with tribes of entrepreneurs in many different countries, including here in Bali.
We will hear about Ben’s rush to “crowdfund” the project to get it off the ground, back in 2006 before there were crowdfunding sites, and how TribeWanted has progressed into what it is today, and his vision of the future of “lean startup ecotourism”.
I really dig how cheerful and engaged Ben is, which is impressive, because he has a lot going on – besides Tribewanted, he has projects to find the best swimming holes and tree houses around the world, is an advisor for Virgin Startup, part of THNK – a creative leadership school in Amsterdam, he profiles “schools for life”, and works with Right to Dream. Ben is a big thinker and really good at bringing ideas down to your and my level.
“Adventure is not knowing whats going to happen, but if your mindset is positive, it will work out” – Ben Keene
“What do you want to do with your time?” – Ben Keene
“An island represents perfection” – Ben Keene
“People are craving community and nature” – Ben Keene
“I would teach empathy in every school on earth” – Ben Keene
“Work out as early as possible what you are really good at” – Ben Keene
“Don’t hesitate when it comes time to go for it” – Ben Keene
What you will learn in this episode:
-How to rent a private island
-The future of sustainable tourism and social enterprise
-How to create jobs and income through cultural experiments
-How to hack publicity for your project
-The difference in crowdfunding n America Vs. Europe
-How to figure out what you are really good at
-Why you should have an accountability group
Mentioned in this episode:
Ben’s Book: Tribe Wanted: My Adventure on Paradise or Bust
Thanks Ben Keene!
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What I love about Ben is his enthusiasm and optimism! Â He makes it seem that anything is possible. Â What tribe do you want to go build?