This year, G Adventures and the Planeterra Foundation launched the G Project, an open call for great ideas from regular people to move our world forward. We asked, and the world answered—over 10,000 changemakers from 120 countries cast votes to select just four finalists from a pool of over 350 world-changing ideas!
If you’ve been following along since the beginning, you know that it’s been an intense, epic, heartwarming journey from start to finish. Since its inception, we’ve been blown away by the ideas, the pitches, the creativity and the inspiration shown by the G Project participants.
Back in June, the Looptail introduced you to the four finalists of the G Project (meet Rita, Tracey, Jodie and Lee-Ann), and just last week, we brought you live updates from the ‘Summit in the Jungle‘, where we brought together our finalists to hone their ideas and pitch them to G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip.
Along with a panel consisting of Planeterra’s Paula Vlamings, the UN’s Oliver Hillel and responsible tourism advocate Jamie Sweeting, Bruce faced the difficult task of choosing the idea with the greatest potential to make our planet just a little more perfect.
Today, it’s time to introduce to you the winner of the inaugural G Project.
All four ideas were worthy of winning the $25,000 funding prize, but this particular concept—and the impassioned pitch by its creator—left very few dry eyes in the house. G Adventures and Planeterra are thrilled to announce that Lee-Ann Gibbs is the first-ever G Project winner. With $25,000 in start-up funding, Planeterra can now bring Lee-Ann’s idea to life. Check out her winning entry.
Meet Lee-Ann Gibbs—your 2013 G Project winner
Lee-Ann is an adventure seeker, world traveller, aspiring humanitarian and proud Canadian—all wrapped up in a corporate lawyer package. Lee-Ann has a long and impressive resume as an advocate and volunteers for groups including Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE), a Nepalese organization that trains female survivors of physical and sexual violence to be certified paralegals — and the focus of Lee-Ann’s idea for the G Project. The $25,000 G Project prize will no doubt help her garner more attention and support for SASANE’s worthy cause.
Cheers to our sponsors
We are extremely grateful to all our generous sponsors who made the G Project possible and wish to extend a very special thank you to Deloitte, Air New Zealand and the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity. After all, we’re all in this together!
A huge thank you to everyone who planned, judged, and otherwise contributed to the G Project. Without your hard work and participation, this very worthy project would not exist. But before we turn off the lights on this year’s G Project, we want to let you all know that we’ll be back again in 2014. Start dreaming up your ideas now! Together, we really can make this world of ours a little more perfect.
Thank you, and we’ll see you all next year.