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We are Anna and Andrea. We decided to go on a journey around the world seeking for changemakers and popularizing their stories
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We are Anna Książek and Andrea Pucci and we decided to go on a journey around the world. Our expedition, called How to (ex)change the world, starts in September 2015 from South-East Asia. Our goal is to find changemakers, people who in different places change the world for better. We want to describe their experiences, popularize their achievements, and look for an answer to the questions: Who are the changemakers? What do they have in common? What is it needed to change the world? The method of our trip will be the exchange: we want to give our skills and knowledge (eg. teaching English, Italian cuisine, organizing workshops) in exchange for a place to sleep and a meal.

 • To describe stories of people who change the world in different corners of Earth. The collected material will be presented in our blog, in a newsletter of Good News (GoodNewsLetter), in articles, interviews, and videos.

• A collection of images featuring changemakers’s work as well as visited places, culture, and customs.

• To create a network of people who change the world.

• To describe other elements of the culture of the visited countries which will be worth to spread eg. recipes, sentences, customs and traditions.

• Regular reports about exchange-based traveling.

 Imagine not to start the day with news about conflict and wars with which media are packed, nor with an email from your boss with a list of duties, but from the exciting and inspiring story of someone who changes the world for the better, who has a great idea and the strength to put it into practice. You read about his/her idea, motivation, activities, people who are engaged in that idea and whose life becomes better. You are calmer, with bigger faith in people, maybe you are ready yourself to contribute. Above all, that's what we want to offer you. The Newsletter of Good News, stories of inspiring people on your mail at least once a week. We know they exist. Since years, working in various non-governmental organizations, we see them and we meet them every day. We also know how to look for them in various places around the world. We have contacts thanks to organizations such as Ashoka, Amnesty International, and Scouting who decided to support us and become part of our expedition.

We are supported by the largest changemakers organizations. It is thanks to them that we have the first people to talk with and we hope through these meetings to get new contacts. However, to start our journey we need also your support.

Our method of travel will be exchange - our skills (eg. teaching English, cooking, working in farms, organizing workshops) in exchange for a place to sleep and food. This system will allow us to reduce the budget. But, chiefly, it will be a straightforward path to enter into a community, become part of it. We want to move mostly by hitchhiking, sometimes walking or by bicycle. All in all our expenditure during the journey will be quite small. There are only a few things we cannot barter. One is the ticket. Our journey starts in September 2015. Until June 2016 we want to visit the following countries:

India • China • Indonesia • Vietnam • Laos • Cambodia • Malaysia • Bangladesh • Nepal • Philippines • Burma • Taiwan • Sri Lanka

The ticket for 2 people to South-East Asia costs around 1000 euro. That is the amount of money which we would like to collect thanks to this platform. If we raise more, the extra money will be used for unpredictable situations where exchange would be not enough to survive.    

Risks and challenges

If you are gonna travel the world over there are plenty of things that might go wrong. Bureaucracy and diseases can stop you for quite a few weeks. However, positive attitude and certainty of doing the right thing are our plus. The strength the changemakers have is seriously contagious.

The big challenge is to find them on the way. In this we are gonna need everyone support. That is one of the main goals of our crowdfunding campaign: motivate and involve other people in joining and support this idea.

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    PATCH ADAMS - Big hug and gratitude for ever + the GoodNewsLetter

    Patch Adams - social activist, doctor, actor, and clown. Founder of the Gesundheit Institute. He is widely known thanks to a movie based on his biography, which we definitely recommend to you.

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    SHERYL SANDBERG - personal thanks on our FanPage and website + the GoodNewsLetter

    Sheryl Sanberg - Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations of Google, former head of staff of the US Treasury Department, since 2008 head of the Operational Facebook Inc. Engaged in activities on behalf of women rights. We encourage you to watch the speeches on this issue at TEDTalks: http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders?

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    GAIUS CILNIUS MAECENAS – Coin, stamp, pad beer or anything of similar value to enrich your collection (or your friend collection) from the visited country of choice + the GoodNewsLetter

    Gaius Cilnius Maecenas - Roman politician, poet and patron of poets, his name became the emblem for patron of arts and sciences. He “collected" art, giving to artists the possibility to create.

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    JÓZEF MELZER – Booklet of recipes from real Italian grandmother in pdf format + the GoodNewsLetter

    Joseph Melzer - creator of St. Martin croissant (typical sweet from Poznan, Poland). He implemented a system so that poor people could also be fed with the supertasty pastry.

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    CARLO PETRINI - Booklet of recipes from the visited countries in pdf format + the GoodNewsLetter

    Carlo Petrini - founder of the Slow Food movement. More on slowfood.com.

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    TREVOR MCKINNEY – personal thank you video filmed specially for you from a visited country of choice + the GoodNewsLetter

    Trevor McKinney – actually a fictional person, a character of the movie Pay It Forward. However, he came up with an incredible idea of changing the world. We encourage you to watch the movie and to turn his simple idea into practice.

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    ROBERT BADEN POWELL – two scout gadgets (eg. scarf, ring, badge) from a visited country of choice + the GoodNewsLetter

    Robert Baden Powell - the founder of Scouting. Please visit zhp.pl and polska2023.pl.

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    JACEK STRYCZEK – surprise gift from a visited country of choice + the GoodNewsLetter

    Jacek Stryczek - Polish Catholic priest and president of the Stowarzyszenie Wiosna (Spring Association), inventor of, among other, Szlachetna Paczka (which is one of the most known charity action in Poland).

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    SENECA – handmade booklet with quotes and sentences discovered in the visited countries + the GoodNewsLetter

    Seneca - rector, writer, poet, Roman Stoic philosopher, gladiatorial opponent.

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    ALBERT EINSTEIN – printed wall calendar with photos from the expedition + the GoodNewsLetter

    Albert Einstein - there is probably no need to explain who he was, so we will just quote his words: "There are thousands of ways to kill time, but no one knows how to revive him."

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    CLAUDIO GUBITOSI - DVD with all the photos and movies from the expedition + the GoodNewsLetter

    Claudio Gubitosi - founder of the Giffoni Film Festival, a festival of teen movies (http://www.giffonifilmfestival.it/en/).

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    JANUS FRIIS, NIKLAS ZENNSTROM - skype conversation from a visited country of choice. We will answer every question! ;) + the GoodNewsLetter

    Janus Friis, Niklas Zennstrom - creators of Skype.

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    PAUL RICE - Mug with a printed photo from the trip and tea + the GoodNewsLetter

    Paul Rice - involved in creating the Fair Trade movement.

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    SZARBAT GULA – chosen image printed in large size (at least 20X30) and framed + the GoodNewsLetter

    Szarbat Gula (Afgan Girl) - the girl featured on the most famous National Geographic photo.

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    REZA DEGHATI – handmade photo album of the trip + the GoodNewsLetter

    Reza Deghati - the founder of AINA, an organization that helps rebuilding a strong and democratic civil society in Afghanistan through development and dissemination of media, including photography.

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    RYSZARD KAPUŚCIŃSKI – handmade book with a collection of the most interesting changemakers’ stories met during the expedition + the GoodNewsLetter

    Ryszard Kapuscinski - Polish reporter, columnist, poet and photographer known as the "Emperor of reportage".

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    VIRGINIA WOOLF – handmade special edition of the book: stories of female changemakers + the GoodNewsLetter

    Virginia Wolf - English writer and feminist.

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    MARIA MONTESSORI - Both handmade books (changemakers’ stories and the special edition with the stories of female changemakers) + the GoodNewsLetter

    Maria Montessori - an Italian doctor, founder of child-rearing system called the Montessori method.

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    CARL ROGERS - coaching session (life coaching or business coaching) + the GoodNewsLetter

    Carl Rogers - American psychologist and psychotherapist, one of the main representatives of humanistic psychology.

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    RICHARD SAUL FURMAN - Presentation of memories and effects of our expedition anywhere in Italy (eg. In a chosen the cafeteria, organization, etc.) + the GoodNewsLetter

    Richard Saul Furman - one of the founders and contributors of TEDTalks.

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    LUCULLUS – Special, private presentation of memories and effects of our expedition combined with an exclusive dinner + the GoodNewsLetter

    Lucullus - Roman commander and politician, known for his lavish feasts.

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