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We all live on a very small, beautiful, island surrounded by a vast sea of black space.

This island is called Earth.

Surrounded by nothingness in so many ways.

We all know that this precious island is all that we have.

Yet we somehow seem to ignore it.

Just as we seem not to want to work together to make our common home as great as possible for everyone.

But imagine if we did.

Imagine if we were able to take a global perspective – a human perspective – and act as if Earth was our common home.

Our common island.

If everything we did took ourselves, our family, our community and our country into consideration – but also our planet.

Perhaps especially our planet.

 

It has never been a better time in the history to take a grander approach to ourselves.

It is not about “Thinking Global and Acting Local”.

It is about:

“Thinking Human and Acting Humane.”

Which is the only thinking that makes sense if you think of us all living on a very small, beautiful – and oh, so precious – little island.

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The What:

A journey of discovery with the goal of visiting 100 islands in at least 25 different countries, on at least 6 different continents in 100 months or less.

The Why?

Why visit 100 islands all over the world?

Well, I am on a mission. :)

I think that it has never been more important to understand what is happening in the whole world.

That it has never been more crucial to give oneself a broader – and deeper – understanding of our home planet.

I truly believe that we, as human beings, need to start thinking beyond borders and make a conscious effort to look at mankind as one, and to start thinking of Earth as our common home.

And with this World Tour of Island I want to see if I can gain some insights about how we can do that.

Why Island?

Well, first of all because I love them. (some might say I have obsession with them.)

But also because I think islands are micro-costmoses of planet earth.

And I also think that islands, because they have clear boundaries, make them easier to observe, learn from and reflect over instead of studying the whole planet. I hope that the insights I gain from visting these islands will give me the ability to draw conclusions on what we as humans can learn about ourselves in order to create a better world for all of us.

The When?

Start January 1st 2016. End 100 months later (May 1st 2024.)

The How?

It is just what it sounds like: a tour around the world to visit different islands to learn about the world.

Every time I visit a new island I will write one blog post about what I observed, learnt, understood or reflected over while staying on this particular island. 

As the number of islands visited grows I hope the different islands reports will create a clearer pattern about what we as humans can learn about ourselves through the lens of our islands.

Join me.

I am the one who will be doing the traveling (Read about who I am in this other post: “The Island Man – the man behind “A World Tour of Islands”.”)

You can follow the journey here.

If you have any interest in islands, in the world, in having a global – or shall we say, “human” – mindset – or just think it sounds interesting to follow a world tour of islands, then join us by signing up to the newsletter and revisit this site when you can. (And of course help us spread the word about us if you would be so kind.)

And if you have any suggestions on islands you think should be included in the tour, please go to the Contact page and submit your suggestion.

I look forward to hear from you and hope you look forward to following me on this discovery of the world through islands.

 

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