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Driving change through transformation
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Driving change through transformation
16 March, 2017 0
In our modern and tumultuous times, “transformation” is somewhat of a buzzword. We have politicians who make sweeping claims to transform civil society and we have life coaches who tell us they can transform our lives—as long as we give them our vote or our credit card number. But here at Authenticitys, we believe that for lasting and powerful transformation to occur, it has to come from individuals going through internal and empathic life-changing experiences. (more…)
Turning the millennial question on its head
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Turning the millennial question on its head
2 March, 2017 0
If you use social media, you’d be forgiven for getting the impression that the millennial generation is the most problematic age cohort the world has ever known. Almost daily, we hear people pontificating on who we are, why we do the things we do, and how we can me shaped into better, more efficient workers rather than entitled and narcissistic perma-children we supposedly are. (more…)
Authenticitys presents SOFE – the Barcelona Chapter
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Authenticitys presents SOFE – the Barcelona Chapter
16 February, 2017 0
An interactive course for Fashion Entrepreneurs and Fashion Entrepreneurs-To-Be Social, Sustainable, Local! Participate and leverage a network of local and European social and sustainable fashion entrepreneurs to grow your business. (more…)
Authenticitys Annual Summit: Here’s what we talked about!
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Authenticitys Annual Summit: Here’s what we talked about!
3 February, 2017 0
The United Nations has named 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Travel, and it’s with good reason: there has never been so much interest and engagement surrounding how we can enhance the experience of travel by making it more sustainable both for the planet as a whole and for the individual communities we travel to. For the 3 years, Authenticitys has been part of this movement, building an online marketplace for local and sustainable tourist activities by collaborating with social impact experience operators. Last month, we gathered at our headquarters in Barcelona to take stock of all we have achieved and everything we are looking to build in the future. (more…)
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As 2016 closes, some thoughts on the why and how of Authenticitys
31 December, 2016 0
2016 has come to an end. A challenging year for many of us. The city terrorist attacks we have experienced in Europe, coupled with the multiple democratic results including Brexit, “Spain” and most recently Trump’s victory have been a tremendous disillusion and a feeling of step back for humanity. (more…)
The transformation of big cities through social impact tourism
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The transformation of big cities through social impact tourism
14 November, 2016 0
The responsible tourism portal, Travindy, has published a notice about our event, the Authenticitys Annual Summit 2016, which takes place this Saturday, November 19, at Kubik Barcelona. To read the full text: http://bit.ly/2ey4bDh And to know more about out event and get the last tickets to participate: http://authenticitys.strikingly.com
Ecosystem of women social entrepreneurs in Spain
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Ecosystem of women social entrepreneurs in Spain
14 November, 2016 0
Check out the new ESADE publication: #MujeresConImpacto talking about the ecosystem of women social entrepreneurs in Spain. We are happy to have talked about our experience in the book!
Read about the different profiles of the social entrepreneur drawn by Institute of Social Innovation of ESADE from a consultation with about 70 women who lead or collide social enterprises in Spain. The publication is promoted by the Abertis Foundation and the EY Foundation.
Things are changing: the year ahead of the UN sustainable travel year
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Things are changing: the year ahead of the UN sustainable travel year
3 November, 2016 0
At Authenticitys we firmly believe in the transformative power of travel. Whether it’s small scale, such as altering a single individual’s world view, or in aggregate, such as serving as a source of much-needed development dollars, the power of people moving across the globe is profound. (more…)
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Alternative Tours
26 September, 2016 0
When tourists visit a new city or country and are keen to learn about the local sights and history, the most common option is to seek out a tour company or guided group experience to lead them around. While these kinds of tours are well-intentioned, they often have to appeal to a broad group and thus they lack the intimate, casual, and local knowledge that you'd learn if you were simply being shown around by a friend who lives in that city. Authenticitys is a tourism social enterprise, but it’s more importantly an organization that’s rooted in education. If our users can go on a trip and not only learn, but also have their biases and preconceptions changed by what they see, we believe this not only creates more meaningful trips, but has the potential to change the world. With this in mind, we have been a driving force behind a new trend of tours run by vulnerable, formerly homeless, and/or migrants in cities across Europe. Pro-Refugee Rally, XXI (more…)
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Eat Local
12 September, 2016 0
How to plug into a local food scene when you travel One of the biggest motivators to get on a plane and travel across the world is the food you’ll eat when you get there. Whether it’s sushi in Japan, pasta in Italy, or patisserie in France, the dishes we’ve tried and tasted at home can taste entirely different when consumed in the place of their provenance. However, one of the challenges of landing in a new city without much local knowledge is that it can be harder to eat as well as you’re able to at home. In the absence of knowing what’s good, what’s overrated, and what’s in season you can end up relying on the kind of cliche advice that’s designed for tourists, not foodies. After all, if a restaurant has a sign boasting “Authentic Paella” or “Grandmother’s spaghetti,” chances are that locals wouldn’t eat there. And if you’re interested  not just in eating well but in getting to know about the local ingredients, agro-ecology, growing season, food culture, and terroir of a place, it can be even harder to find advice that goes beyond the obvious. Whether you’re aiming to eat cuisine cooked with local ingredients or simply eat as a local would, there are various ways that you can plug into a local food scene when you arrive in a city, whether it’s just for a weekend or a couple of weeks. Life of Siti Khadijah Market III
  • Cook yourself from a market: A visit to a farmers’ market or open air market can be one of the best ways to find out what’s in season and what locals are eating. If you’re able to speak the language, ask vendors what they recommend this time of year. Seek out markets that feature local farmers’ produce and/or organic food. While it can be a little extra work to cook in your rented apartment or accommodation, it can be one of the cheapest and most direct ways to taste the kinds of flavours you’d never come across at home. (more…)