Kristin Hayden on transformative experiences, success, thrival, and what really matters….

And now… the first podcast from the Wise Routes Project. Finally, you can give your twiddling thumbs a cold ice bath and sit back with your favorite high quality speakers.

Kristin Hayden is really cool. She started One World Now!, an organization with an exclamation point in its title. Why? Because Kristin is exclamation-pointy about creating a world where young people realize their potential to be change makers with a global consicousness. OWN! works with high school aged youth to provide language, leadership, and study abroad experiences that will pop their bubbles, throw them out of their comfort zones, and open their eyes to new places and cultures they never knew existed.

What’s especially cool about OWN! (besides the !) is that, unlike almost ALL of the other prominent gap year or high school study abroad programs, they focus on providing cross-cultural opportunities to mostly low-income students and students of color. In our ongoing exploration of alternative education approaches, this has been one of our biggest questions. How do you make new opportunities in learning available to everyone, not just the privileged few?

So sit back, relax, unplug your phone, sign out of Facebook, Twitter, G-chat, and that New York Times article you were reading, put your iPhone, dog, and kids on silent, and enjoy 13 minutes with Kristin Hayden.

One thought on “Kristin Hayden on transformative experiences, success, thrival, and what really matters….

  1. Sarah Brown says:

    Claire and Brandon- this is Sarah, one of the WWOOFERS from Ionia!

    I just wanted to let you know that I have been following your blog and I love it!
    You are a fantastic writers and I find that every update is so relevant to me and my life. (and hopefully/probably to a lot of other people too!)
    My boyfriend and I are planning a bike trip on the C&O Canal Trail and you guys are inspiring me to plan some longer trips as well.

    I just listened to this Kristin Hayden interview after recently thinking a lot about taking a gap year or semester. I’m getting really excited for all the possibilities.

    I also loved your piece on curiosity.

    Thanks so much and good luck with the rest of your trip!


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