Discover the cultural, social & economic impact that comes from creating a compassionate livelihood, featuring young leaders at the forefront of a growing global movement.
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Mark Lakin is the co-founder of transformative travel design company, Epic Road. Epic Road designs custom travel to the far corners of the earth incorporating traditional luxury and adventure but punctuated by thought-provoking experiences meant to elevate consciouness - satellite collar a wild cheetah with a conservationist, go on a bow and arrow hunt with a click-speaking nomadic tribe, learn to ice climb with a climate change scientist, or bring the gift of light to a community living without electricity… all while on honeymoon or a family vacation. Mark was named Top Travel Specialist by Travel & Leisure. Mark is also a fine art photographer and gallery owner that uses his art to open eyes, hearts and minds. He is passionate about his non-profit work to educate Africa's youth and alleviate poverty and serves as Chairman of the Board of Yamba Malawi, a non-profit organization that seeds small businesses, creating employment, paying fair trade wages, and generating profits that over the past 10 years have been used to educate and care for 100,000 orphans in Malawi.
Lauren Singer popularized the Zero Waste movement through her blog Trash is for Tossers and is an expert on all things waste. All of the trash that she has produced over the past 5 years fits inside of a 16oz mason jar. She is also Founder and CEO of The Simply Co., an organic, vegan laundry detergent company. Lauren has given a TEDx talk and spoken at universities across the globe in addition to large companies and conferences such as MasterCard, Booking.com, Trivago, the Jeju Forum, UNICEF, and the United Nations with audiences ranging from private groups of 10 to arenas of 2,000.
Vinicius Vieira de Vieira is the founder of Brooklyn-based Incausa, an incense brand that can transform the energy of a space in a few seconds & transforms the way many indigenous tribes in Brazil are able to live. "Incausa is a study in progress, about consciousness and sacred trade." Incausa's offerings also include beautifully woven baskets created by the Xavantes people and woven purses created by the Krahô people, another indigenous people living in Brazil. Incausa only makes profit on the incense, which supports organizations like Raiz das Imagens; for all other goods, they return 100% back to the artisans. Vieira de Vieira perceives Incausa as a educational experiment that will continually evolve and one day effectively combat larger issues such as global poverty. "We hope to grow in respect to our motive of consciousness, learning new ways of understanding the reason for trade and capital," he says.
Moderated by Jay Shetty, an award winning storyteller & filmmaker, former monk & Forbes 30 Under 30.
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