Industry Study Tours: Philippines
I want to strive to make an impact in social structures. I believe social enterprise is where I will find flow. I very much admire and emulate the same values such as Jarryd Burns, Justine and Daniel Flynn’s Thank you, Simon, Jehan and Danny’s Who Gives A Crap, Sam Prince’s Zambrero, and Blake Mycoskie’s Tom’s.
I grew up terribly embarrassed that I was the poor kid, the kid from the broken family, though the broken bit was true as far as the poor conception went, I was far from the truth. I’m more grateful these days and relish the rich supportive family that I have. We were not well off, (we were five kids living under a single parent income), and I did struggle with my family structure but I think now how lucky I was to even have the time to feel embarrassed when there are so many kids out there who are preoccupied with fulfilling their basic human needs of warmth, food, water and shelter. Everyone should have the resources to not only survive but thrive. These children (and adults), who do not have the luxury of fresh clean drinking water flowing at the twist of a wrist, or enough food let alone a choice of an abundant variety of foods that I enjoy, they all play an important factor in my motivation. They have been on my mind for a very long time. Everyday we make choices, and if those choices can go on to impact people positively we strengthen and nourish not just ourselves but our world.
Thriving economies need you within them to look after those around you, your circle. I also believe it is important for that circle to move and look after other circles. I admire and I am humbled by a lot of people. Two of these people also have ties to the Philippines, after travelling there some time ago. My friends Callum and Josephine are completely committing to each other for life in January, mid study tour in the Philippines. I was upfront enough to question the possibility of using days in lieu to do both and astonished and filled with possibility when Dr Rachael accepted my request.
Another Filipino wedding last year found me very well looked after, and it left me curious to learn about how the Filipino leaders are positively impacting and looking after people and the environment. I love what GK enchanted farms have created, turning what was once a wasteland into a thriving hub for conscious, adaptable and aware people. I would love to see it first hand and share with those seeking to do the same, my enthusiastic, facilitating and active nature. I know the business summit will have vital nutrients to build, sustain, and grow.
High expectations that I hold are of meeting and being surrounded by positive, forthright people wanting to construct, cultivate and sustain our world and I want to know if I am one of those people that can be a source of inspiration, comfort or support. I also want to know whether I have the fortitude to follow through on the many bright ideas this trip is sure to give me, and how I can hold myself accountable to do just that.
Written by Claire Cherie Dowling (2017)