At Tribewanted we have crowdfunded, built and operated three off-grid community-led tourism projects in Fiji (2006), Sierra Leone (2010) and Italy (2013). Our successful and pioneering approach to sustainable tourism has built a well known and respected brand. We've had success in promoting our projects including a 5-hour award-winning BBC Documentary, a published book, National Geographic cover story and coverage across many international media networks. I lead Tribewanted online, in Sierra Leone and with our team on future development opportunities.
Escape the City is a global community for people who want to 'do something different' with their careers, helping talented people escape or avoid corporate jobs. Since speaking at the Escape launch party in 2010 (where I met my wife!) I've stuck close to this brilliant start-up which now has over 150,000 members.
I've led workshops on how to build a career around your passions and led 'escape trips' to Umbria and the first ever career-change microfestival: Escape to the Woods. I'm delighted to be part of the faculty at the newly established Escape School in London.
I'm a business advisor at Virgin StartUp, a not-for-profit organisation that helps entrepreneurs with the funding, resources and advice they need to make their business idea a reality.
Having learnt about the ups and downs of getting a business off the ground and the importance of securing the right kind of funding I jumped at the chance to help others kickstart their ideas.
Over the last three years I've been part of an exciting new creative leadership school in Amsterdam - THNK. This has given me access and insight beyond start-ups into the push and pull world of big brands and Governments who want to engage in the innovation impact space. I've discovered there is a healthy appetite to make a difference but a lack of good ideas (what do we do with big data?) As a founding participant I play a part in the school's international development as well as frequent returns to Amsterdam.
Instead of focusing on the traditional development model of a small impact on a lot of people, Right to Dream's mission is to unleash a new generation of role models for Africa. It does this by offering young talent the opportunity of a world-class sporting, academic and leadership education.
I've been lucky to work with Right to Dream in Ghana and Sierra Leone, developing new academies and programmes (Craig Bellamy Foundation, Parasports). I'm proud to be a Trustee of the UK charity.
"If you doubt whether a website could be socially relevant to the real world, this story offers an account of how it can and was brought about."
"Ben has something of Richard Branson's boundless, relentless enthusiasm." The Guardian
Ben is the founder of Tribewanted and was behind the success of building an online and on-island community on Vorovoro, Fiji. Ben wrote a book about building Tribewanted which was also filmed for an award winning BBC documentary series: Paradise or Bust. Ben went on to open John Obey Beach in Sierra Leone and Monestevole in Umbria with Filippo Bozotti.
Ben has also worked with Right to Dream (leadership development through sport in West Africa) and Escape the City (Unleashing frustrated corporates into fulfilling careers), hosting the first career-change 'Escape Festival' in 2014. Ben is a regular speaker and host on startups, travel and social enterprise, a mentor to escapees and first-time entrepreneurs, a Founding Participant at THNK: The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, and a business advisor at Virgin Startup.