Deeply Looking at the Man in the Mirror

This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me!

You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun.

I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst in people. I have seen the best in myself, and I have seen the worst in myself.

With all that I have seen from so many different perspectives, today, I awaken to the knowing that living all of this, was still living from a place of privilege. 

It is a very humbling and awakening moment to say the least.

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Erik has served in a sales or revenue-generating capacity for most of his professional life. He appreciates the process of prospecting new business and networking into expanded opportunities, thriving in environments where he gets to negotiate win-win propositions. As a pharmaceutical representative, Erik made it his personal responsibility to get to know providers and meet them where they were. In 2013, Erik founded the Game Changer Movement after the Sandy Hook Shootings broke his heart.  The Game Changer Movement challenges the world to Change it’s Game by taking personal responsibility for all the choices we make. As the Director of Sponsorships and Visibility for evox Television and Marketplace, he is excited to be part of a team that is serving to change the world’s game.  Those who are changing the world, with the work they do or the products they provide, deserve to be promoted and celebrated.

#BarbieSavior is Funny, But Perhaps Damaging Too

#BarbieSavior and Privilege

Look, I get it. I think the whole #BarbieSavior meme that has taken Instagram by storm is pretty hilarious–pretty dolls posed in the worst possible ways mocking “savior” voluntourism situations, clearly motivated by the plastic needs of the plastic character to assuage her own guilt and show the world how fabulous she is. (The photo in this blog, BTW, is NOT from BarbieSavior…it’s just Barbie)

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me! You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun. I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst... read more
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