This summer, we challenged people all over the world by asking: “What will you do today, for tomorrow?”—and the response was incredible. After 60 days, 350 ideas and 35,000 votes from 10,000 registered change-makers, we enlisted the help of an esteemed group of online judges to help choose just four ideas that sought to make our world just a little more perfect.
The Summit in the Jungle
This week, we’re bringing these four visionaries together at the first-ever Summit in the Jungle in Costa Rica. Here, they’ll have the opportunity to hone their idea and pitch it to G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip, and a panel consisting of Planeterra’s Paula Vlamings, the UN’s Oliver Hillel and responsible tourism advocate Jamie Sweeting. Once the panel has heard all four pitches and made their decision, they’ll award the boldest idea with the greatest potential $25,000 to make it happen. The winner will be announced on September 23, at this year’s Future of Tourism.
In celebration of the Summit in the Jungle, we’re featuring a notable idea from each our 2013 G Project Finalists this week on the Looptail. Coming from the US, Canada, and Australia, they represent a diverse group of people working to address pressing social issues. One project would offer hospitality training to female survivors of human trafficking, while another would grant passports to underprivileged girls. They range from something as complex as repurposing waste discarded by the tourism industry into building materials to something as simple as increasing crop yields through the provision of sheep and goats to farmers in Africa.
Stay tuned to the #gproject hashtag on Twitter—where you’ll get a chance to explore Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio alongside our G Project finalists, while discovering first-hand the positive impact travel and tourism can have on the future of our planet.