World Visionaries

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Marie Lou Papazion is the founding CEO of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Armenia, a free after-school learning program that serves 14,000 teens. TUMO offers self-learning activities, workshops and project labs in 14 disciplines that include animation, game development, film-making, web design, music, writing and robotics among other areas.This conversation with Marie Lou offers insight into Armenian culture of today, as well as the back story to an intriguing educational approach that has implications for all of us in terms of how we see the world.

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Michael Krauss: Linguist & Director, Alaska Native Language Center

Did you know that if less than one million people speak a language that it is on its way to becoming extinct? We spoke with linguist Michael Krauss, director of the Alaska Native Language Center from its inception in 1972 until his retirement in June 2000. In this thought-provoking interview, talking with

Michael Krauss: Linguist & Director, Alaska Native Language Center

Arn Chorn Pond, Founder of Cambodian Living Arts

Arn Chorn Pond is the founder of Cambodian Living Arts, an organization he established in 1998 to support the revival of traditional Khmer performing arts and to inspire contemporary artistic expression.

Arn Chorn Pond, Founder of Cambodian Living Arts

Ireland's 'Fertile Rock', the Burren: Q & A with Burrenbeo Trust Co-Founder Brendan Dunford

Travel to the Burren, Ireland. The Burren is a national park of outstanding natural beauty and landscapes: in this interview we talk to Brendan Dunford, founder of the the Burrenbeo Trust, a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them.

Ireland's 'Fertile Rock', the Burren: Q & A with Burrenbeo Trust Co-Founder Brendan Dunford

Joe Pine, Author of "The Experience Economy" & Principal, Strategic Horizons LLP

Joe Pine is a noted international business thought leader who pioneered the idea of the "Experience Economy" in the late 1990s with the best-selling book The Experience Economy: Work is a Theatre & Every Business a Stage." That breakthrough book demonstrates

Joe Pine, Author of "The Experience Economy" & Principal, Strategic Horizons LLP

Irina Bokova, Two-Term Director-General, UNESCO, on Cultural Heritage as “Smart Power” to Combat Intolerance

This Irina Bokova interview looks at the role of Cultural Heritage conservation and importance of UNESCO efforts around the world - not only in protecting ancient structures, but in protecting connections between cultures and modern day civilisations too.

Irina Bokova, Two-Term Director-General, UNESCO, on Cultural Heritage as “Smart Power” to Combat Intolerance

Jesús Fernández Fernández, Director of La Ponte-Ecomuseum: Honoring Collective Memory & Marginalized Heritage

Jesús Fernández Fernández of Villanueva, Spain, is a social entrepreneur and director of La Ponte-Ecomuseum, an archaeological-museological community project in Asturias.

Jesús Fernández Fernández, Director of La Ponte-Ecomuseum: Honoring Collective Memory & Marginalized Heritage

Ing-Marie Munktell, Chairman, Cultural Heritage without Borders: Peace-building through Heritage

Cultural Heritage without Borders is an independent organisation working for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflicts, natural catastrophes, neglect, poverty or political and social conflicts. Its work is a vital contribution to building democracy and supporting human rights around the world. 

Ing-Marie Munktell, Chairman, Cultural Heritage without Borders: Peace-building through Heritage

Stefano Dominioni, Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes, "Channels of Dialogue"

The European Institute of Cultural Routes oversees the continuity and development of a pan-European cultural routes program of the Council of Europe. The routes serve as channels for intercultural dialogue and promote a better knowledge and understanding of European history and cultural heritage. 

Stefano Dominioni, Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes, "Channels of Dialogue"

Sue Coppard, Founder of WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

Sue Coppard is founder of WWOOF, a worldwide network that links volunteers with organic farms. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer volunteers food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. WWOOF was borne out of Sue's desire to periodically escape her life as a London secretary and spend time in the countryside. Today WWOOF is a global movement, with over 50,000 volunteers helping out on 7,000-plus host farms in more than 100 countries.

Sue Coppard, Founder of WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

Kenyan Eco-Architect Hitesh Mehta & the Web of Life

Hitesh Mehta is the director of HM Design, one of the world’s leading authorities, practitioners and researchers on ecotourism physical planning, landscape architecture and architectural aspects of ecolodges. Interconnectedness is a theme that is reflected in Hitesh’s life work, and the Jain philosophy that is its foundation.

Kenyan Eco-Architect Hitesh Mehta & the Web of Life

Former Two-Term UNWTO Secretary-General: An Interview with Taleb Rifai on Cultural Tourism

In this Taleb Rifai interview we speak with the Secretary-General of UNWTO, the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.  UNWTO’s membership includes 157 countries, representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

Former Two-Term UNWTO Secretary-General: An Interview with Taleb Rifai on Cultural Tourism