Benedict Allen - Exploring Cultures

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My guest in this episode is Benedict Allen, an English explorer, environmentalist, film-maker and author of a number of books, including “Mad White Giant”, “Into The Crocodile Nest” and “Hunting the Gugu.” Benedict has become famous for his immersive style of exploration, by disconnecting from technology and diving into the lives and cultures of indigenous communities, from whom he learns survival skills in challenging and often hostile environments. He has recorded six TV series for the BBC, both traveling solo and with camera crews, enabling armchair travelers to enjoy his remarkable adventures. In 2010, he was elected a Trustee of Royal Geographic Society.

Read the full article HERE. What Was Covered:
  • How to rely on traditional communities to fulfill our needs in what are often challenging environments
  • When change is good and when it is dangerous, and why individualism is regarded as a threat in many traditional cultures
  • The power of nurturing a resilience mindset, planning and mitigating risks both on remote expeditions and in day to day life
Key Takeaways and Learnings:
  • It is crucial to foster a sense of community and connection, and to be deeply in tune with those around us so as to overcome challenges, whether in the natural world or in business environments
  • The seeming lack of progress and innovation in traditional communities has resulted in durability, continuity and a perfect balance with the natural environment, which is what many of us are seeking in the fast-paced world we inhabit
  • The practice of disconnecting and seeking different perspectives may be a key survival skill for modern societies
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