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Daniela Papi
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Daniela Papi is a founder of "Learning Service", a group that recently launched an educational video series designed to help people rethink responsible international volunteering. She is also a founder of PEPY, an educational development organization, PEPY Tours, a development education travel company, and is the curator of a new Monthly Resolutions Club. She recently became a lecturer at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, consults for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and is currently a member of the Clore Social Leadership Programme based in London. Daniela frequently blogs and does talks about the lessons she has learned through her work. You can connect with Daniela on twitter at @danielapapi. For 2014, she has committed to taking 24 Email fasts each week - join her: Hibernate

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Where Should I Study Abroad?

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 6:16 PM

As I am often speaking with students about the concept of "learning service" and encouraging them to prioritize global "learning" and development education prior to jumping straight into international "service," I often get the question, "Where should I study abroad?"

My very broad answer would be: Consider what...

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Is Eco-Fashion Full of Scrap? Watch and Find Out

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:12 PM

This new video from Tonlé, an ethical fashion brand in Cambodia, highlights a big problem in our world.... excessive waste. Tonlé's campaign points out that every year 100 million pounds of textiles worldwide are thrown away, which equals the weight of 14 cruise ships. By finding...

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Is "Voluntourism" Itself Being Exploited?

(7) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Voluntourism is under fire. I know, because I have been a part of pointing out the unintended negative consequences of our good intentions for some time. Recently, blogs about "the problem of little white girls and boys" and other rants about voluntourism are starting to get...

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What Your Grandmother Got Wrong

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:12 PM

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

This "golden rule" might sound like a great way to live.... but in terms of a personal leadership mantra, it turns out that it might lead you astray.

When our parents or grandparents reminded us to treat others the...

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Calling All Email Addicts: A New Year's Resolution of a Healthier Email Diet

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 5:52 PM

If you are like me, your work, social life, stress meter, and to-do list are all linked to your email. For many of us, it's the first thing we check in the morning, last thing we do at night, and the gong of our constant alarm bell throughout the rest...

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Unreasonable Values

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 1:34 PM

If you don't know the Unreasonable Institute (or the wider Unreasonable Group including businesses from travel to media), read up. Unreasonable might not be as familiar to those of you who aren't well-connected to the social entrepreneurship "scene," but if founder Daniel Epstein has his way,...

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Why Is Sexism Okay in Development Work? Reconsidering the 'Women are Better' Dialogue.

(7) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 4:05 PM

"We don't hire men. They are too lazy."

I overheard this from a man on a panel today who was talking about his work in emerging markets. Imagine he had said, "We don't hire women. They are too lazy." People would have been up in arms, but on this panel,...

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NGegO and the Waste We Cause by Fueling Aid "Hero-preneurs"

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 6:26 PM

It seems that many people have a natural tendency to trust people who work in aid, and distrust people who work in corporations. This blind trust in people who claim they are "doing good," as opposed to those who we view as "just out to make money," means we often...

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Social Fiction: Muhammad Yunus Asks Social Entrepreneurs to Write the Future

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Last night, at the awards ceremony at the Skoll World Forum, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus gave a powerful talk to hundreds of forum delegates from all around the world. He ask social entrepreneurs to write the possibility of a new future. He pointed out that science follows science...

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Reexamining How We Donate to Non-Profits

(4) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Jaded. Skeptical. A hypocrite. A hater. You get called all sorts of things when you say critical things about the international aid sector. People say, "Oh come on, you can't pick on volunteers and donors! Why not complain about the bankers and the big bad guys!" The general rule of...

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Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism (And Tell All Tour Companies to Do the Same)

(15) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Earlier this month, at World Travel Mart Responsible Tourism Day, many of the world's leading travel operators got together to discuss sustainability and impact issues fueled by the travel sector. There were an array of discussions including sessions covering child protection, wildlife tourism, local business development and a...

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5 Tips for How to Solve the World's Biggest Problems (and Maybe Make a Billion Dollars Along the Way!)

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 10:08 PM

I'd studied all about best practices in business: Collins, Christensen, Toyota, S-curves, 4Ps, sticking-points. I was supposed to put that all into use in my final assignment for my MBA at Oxford's Said Business School when I took on the option of doing a strategic consulting project for...

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5 Tips for Maximizing Your Conference Experience

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 10:06 AM

This is part two of a series on conferences. Part one highlighted some of the most popular conferences focusing on social entrepreneurship and can be found here.

People join conferences for a variety of reasons: Some join to be inspired while others join to learn, network, play,...

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Social Entrepreneurship Conferences 101: The Where and What

(7) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 12:46 PM

There seem to be more conferences targeting social entrepreneurs than there were Olympic athletes. I'm fairly certain that, if you were so inclined, you could spend every week of the year at a different conference and have "networked" your way around the world. The sheer volume of conferences may seem...

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Voluntourism: What Could Go Wrong When Trying To Do Right?

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 5:46 PM

While joining and leading volunteer programs in Asia for the past decade, I have seen many of the same mistakes repeated over and over again when it comes to international "voluntourism." Here are some of the common problems I have seen in the voluntourism market and some tips for travelers...

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