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Culture encompasses the past, the present and the future. Culture includes heritage and tradition, as well as creativity and innovation. To endure, be sustainable, and remain relevant, culture is dynamic and ever-changing. Around the globe, there are people in all walks of life who are making vital contributions on how to preserve, expand and share our cultural resources. We invite you to meet some of these visionaries, tap into their imagination and wisdom, and expand your own cultural consciousness.
From UN heads to inspirational founders and entrepreneurs, this series of articles gets to the bottom of what is important in culture. BCD’s World Visionaries collection includes interviews with leaders from around the world; leaders in sustainability, and many more inspiring figures who share their stories of success and inspiration (as well as some of their darker moments) with us. Some are leaders in cultural heritage preservation, eco-tourism, others are groundbreaking museum curators and educators; some have created “accidental” revolutions. What they all have in common are the qualities of leadership and a story to share about their journey. Although these figures might seem quite separate, they are all connected by the shared challenge of making a difference in a world that is as complex as it is fast-changing.
We hope that these stories inspire you as much as they have us in the never-ending quest to be our highest selves.
Marie Lou Papazion is the founding CEO of the TUMO Center Armenia, a free after-school learning program that serves 14,000 teens. This conversation with Marie Lou offers insight into Armenian culture
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
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.
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
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.
In 2005, Ronna developed Clark's RAISE program at the Clark Art Institute, which has served more than 175 boys and girls ages 12 to 17 from Berkshire County, a rural area in western Massachusetts
Jesús Fernández Fernández of Villanueva, Spain, is a social entrepreneur and director of La Ponte-Ecomuseum, an archaeological-museological community project in Asturias, a region in the
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.
Ajay Reddy of Bangalore India is founder of GoUNESCO, a UNESCO-supported umbrella of initiatives that seeks to promote heritage tourism and understanding. GoUnesco is now a global project
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.
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.
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.
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.