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A Journey with Journey Arts

You may remember that October 2016 saw my wife and me leading a group of creatives from Journey Arts Collective to Europe. It was by all accounts a successful partnership. The Journey Arts leader, Brett Mabury, did a wonderful job of leading the group on a sort of reflective pilgrimage as we experienced some of […]

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An Unforgettable Journey

It was our privilege at World to the Wise Cultural Tours to partner recently with Journey Arts Collective in Brentwood, Tennessee to create a very special experience for a group of ten creatives from the greater Nashville area. Led by Australian Brett Mabury, whose home town of Perth is where I started school as a […]

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Announcing the 2017 World to the Wise Cultural Tour

My wife, Becky, and I started a company around 2010 called World to the Wise. The mission statement of the organization is to promote and foster cultural curiosity by exposing people to other cultures and perspectives. This includes not only telling compelling stories, but taking people to other places! Summer of 2010 saw our first World […]

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Summing Up the Summer

In this episode, I give a brief wrap-up of the six-week discovery trip in Europe that my wife and I undertook in order to better understand some big issues. Some of these issues we are also dealing with here in the US; others are perhaps particular to Europe, but there is an interesting dynamic often […]

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A Tide of Nationalism

Very few saw it coming. We were in France when it happened. We had spoken to a number of Brits from multiple generations before the day of the referendum, and they were unanimously in favor of #remaINing in the European Union. So it was as much a surprise to us as to anyone that Brexit […]

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The Jungle, Part II

(For Part I, click here.) Once we had been waved through, we had to decide which of two dirt roads was the more passable in order to get to the small cluster of makeshift buildings marked by a couple of signs saying “Ecole” or “School” on the edge of the camp. There were a few other […]

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A Day in the Life of the Jungle

We didn’t really know what to expect. We had been following an organization called “l’Auberge des migrants” on Facebook for several weeks. It is a UK-based nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers — largely from the UK, but from other countries as well, including a few Americans — to sort clothes, cook and deliver meals, teach English […]

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Postcard from Switzerland

(Note: see below for a correction of an error in this week’s episode.) This episode comes to you from beautiful Switzerland, where I am currently doing a short series of concerts with my old friends and partners in crime, François and Christine Reymond. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the primary purpose of this trip to Europe, […]

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