Conscious Travel is a movement and an e-learning community designed to help travel suppliers become Conscious Hosts so that they can can attract, engage and support Conscious Travelers and develop a viable alternative to mass industrialized tourism. The end goal is to create and enact a vision for a tourism economy that doesn’t cost the earth.
Who better then to inspire and recruit but the next generation of leaders – those energetic, connected and free-thinking members of Gen Y and Gen Z who will be responsible for stewarding tourism towards a more prosperous and stable future?
To raise awareness of the issues affecting humanity and to encourage future hosts to become active change agents in their community, the founder of Conscious Travel, Anna Pollock, is teaming up with Project Change, LinkBC and the Be The Change Earth Alliance to host the symposium known as Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream. The symposium is a transformative educational experience that empowers participants to respond to humanity’s current situation with action and informed, grounded optimism about our future.
Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information, and inspiring multimedia, participants in this half-day event are inspired to reconnect with their deep concern for our world, and are empowered to make a difference.
The Symposium was developed by The Pachamama Allliance. Designed with the collaboration of some of the finest scientific, indigenous and activist minds in the world, the Symposium explores the current state of our planet from a new perspective, and connects participants with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future.
It is an exploration of four questions:
- Where Are We? An examination of the state of environmental, social and personal well-being
- How did We Get Here? Tracing the root causes that lead to our current imbalance
- What’s Possible for the Future? Discovering new ways of relating with each other, with the Earth and looking at the emerging Movement for change
- Where Do We Go from Here? Considering the stand we want to be in the world and our personal and collective impact
A youth version of the Symposium – Generation Waking Up – is currently being developed. We hope one outcome would be for tourism students in British Columbia to take this version back into their communities. The individuals behind this project, Valerie Love and Esteban Duarte, recently raised over $20,000 in crowdsourced funding to complete the development of materials that will make this symposium partucularly appealing and relevant to the younger generation. You can see their appeal on Kickstarter here. With commitment and creativity like this, humanity is in good hands. Breakthrough rather than breakdown might just be possible.